Soul Born

Soul Born

by Kevin James Breaux

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Overview

All Opal wanted was to be respected as a wielder of magic, but her

teachers passed her over time and time again. When a mysterious warlord

embarks on a conquest to destroy the lands of Illyia, Opal seizes the

opportunity to step out from the shadows of her instructors and take her

rightful place among them.

Tala, an alluring young elf, was banished from her tribe, hunted and

nearly killed by the beasts of the deep forests, but more than anything

else she is a survivor. Joining forces with an ancient elemental power,

Tala finds herself in the center of an unrelenting human war.

Flesh like leather and bone as strong as steel, Karn, a veteran from the

first kingdom to fall, is fueled by vengeance. While pushing headlong

into battle Karn begins recalling memories of another life: ghosts that

haunt his dreams.

Through death of soul, their new world is born.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781732787230
Publisher: Azure Spider Publications
Publication date: 11/15/2018
Pages: 450
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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Soul Born 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Sean_G More than 1 year ago
My personal taste when it comes to fantasy has generally been works that include a great deal of detailed worldbuilding. I love reading about history so when I consume fantasy stories about strange and exotic new worlds I often have the mindset that I looking for historical and geographical snapshots over and above a strong plotline and interesting characters. This is usually what holds my attention in fantasy, because I am always looking for clues, for a broken potsherd that tells me about the way the people in the land lived their lives. Soul Born is a very focused novel. There are no meandering passages in this book and no exposition that isn't relevant to what's happening. There is no scenic route to get to the destination. The book is the GPS equivalent of telling you the quickest way to get from point A to point B. And baby, it makes the book ROLL. I'll note here that it took me a little while to appreciate this characteristic. I had to put the book down half way through and think about it. Something about the style of Soul Born then clicked for me, and I enjoyed the hell out of the book. Most fantasy novels have clearly delineated good guys and bad guys, maybe some gray area third party that swings back and forth for a while until finally aligning with one group or the other for the Big Final Battle. Not so in Soul Born: these people are not out for some high falootin' grand ideal, they are, each and every one of them, pushing their own agenda. The result of this is a cast of characters that have a seeming tendency towards erratic actions, but in reality are simply adjusting their plans to the shifting tide of events in the story. If the characters, Karn and Opal in particular, realize that staying the course isn't going to get them what they want, they simply head in a different direction. It's kind of refreshing. There's no dead wood in the plot. The characters are fun, if sometimes a little reprehensible. The book is action, action, action. It isn't your typical fantasy, and that's a good thing. It really stands out next to everything else on the shelf because it breaks all the standard fantasy tropes. Thumbs up!
Konah_Fawkes More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to pick up this novel last Monday, and stayed glued to the pages until I finished it Wednesday night.What kept me so intrigued by this book? Uniqueness, plenty of action, and a solid storyline. Soul Born breaks from the mold that shapes the vast number of fantasy novels. The story captivated me easily, as you are tossed right in and learn more as you go. I was also able to connect with the main characters with ease. One thing that makes me crazy within the fantasy genre is bland character molds. I want my characters with a healthy mix of "good" and "evil", preferably with a blurred line dividing the two - and Soul Born delivered. Opal was definitely my favorite of the main characters! Soul Born was one of the first dark fantasy novels I've read, and it's done a great job sparking my interest in the "darker" part of the genre. I have already recommended the title to family and friends, now I'm (impatiently) awaiting the next installment of the series!
KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
Soul Born is the first full-length novel by Kevin James Breaux, and the first of a trilogy. From the moment, I opened this book, I was hard-pressed to put it down. There is typically a pretty predictable formula in fantasy tales, with the battle between good and evil, the struggle for power, the quests for victory and the inevitable hero. While this novel had all of those elements, it definately was so much more. Because of the normal predictability, I kept expecting events to go in certain directions, and they just didn't and I loved that fresh take on fantasy. It was definately not a light and happy tale, but dark with lots of action and unexpected twists. With a lot of epic works, you have a lot of back story before you get to the real meat of the story. I really enjoyed the fact that this story didn't do that, but put you immediately in the story from the very beginning. You learned the secrets and reasons for the unfolding story as you went along and it kept me thoroughly engrossed. The story revolved around three main characters: Karn (the warrior with the mysterious past), Opal (the enchantress struggling for recognition), and Tala (the elf shunned by her own kind). Each of these characters have a common goal, to destroy an invading warlord before he destroys them and all that they know. There was no clear cut good versus evil with these characters, nor with any of the supporting characters, which only added to the ability to relate to them as people. As in real life, the characters have motives that aren't always pure and are faced with choices that may sometimes be self-serving and hurt others around them. Because of that, some of the characters were sometimes hard to like, but that was as it should be. There times in the story where I felt like I was personally invested in those characters, completely emotionally engaged with them. I absolutely love a story that can pull me in emotionally like that! The ending was unexpected and great and left me waiting impatiently for the next book!
A_Tale_of_Many_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that this book is definitely unlike most other books of this genre. Sometimes I think I've read all the fantasy-type books that I possibly can. How many more times can I read about the world coming to an end due to the evil machinations of some dark lord, wizard, or king who is trying to obtain some great artifact of power which will make him or her unstoppable and must be stopped by some individual with a destiny to lead the forces of good to victory? Soul Born does not fit this commonly-used formula. I must admit that at first it was hard to get used to as I kept expecting the story to go a certain way based on my pre-conceived notions of how these types of books usually go. Eventually, I stopped trying to imprint my ideas onto the story though and sat back and enjoyed the ride. The story focuses on three different main characters: Opal, a healer and powerful mage, Karn, a ruthless warrior with a noble heart, and Tala, a beautiful and cunning elf. A great warlord is leading an enormous army to conquer the land of Illyia. Opal, Karn, Tala are all trying to stop the warlord, however, each has their own reasons. This is a world that is full of competing powers and various races of people with their own agendas and goals from elves and dark elves, jackalweres, lizard men, mages, giants, and humans. Each party has a stake in the outcome of the battles being waged across theland. Opal is faced with the task of answering to a council of mages who have commanded her to get the man she loves, Karn, to do their bidding. Tala has the task of finding Karn and exposing him to secrets of his forgotten past while falling for him at the same time. Karn struggles with being the person chosen to defeat the great warlord but he is continually plagued by visions and dreams of another life. This book definitely gets down to business. If you are looking for an epic tale full of long explanations and an in-depth narrations of the history behind Illyia and all of its inhabitants, you won't find it here. The reader is given just enough information to learn what is important but the action keeps moving along. At certain times in the story, this left me confused with many questions. This kept me intrigued though and wanting to keep reading in order to have my questions answered. I enjoyed being dropped into the middle of an adventure and slowly discovering the secrets behind the action as the story progressed. Soul Born was different from many other books in that important characters may not easily classify as "good" or "evil". As in real life, sometimes people make good choices with pure motives and sometimes they make selfish ones that may hurt others. This led to many twists and kept my mind active throughout the entire book questioning every move the characters made trying to guess what secrets were really going on behind the scenes. Their are some secrets left unresolved though as this book is only the beginning of what looks to be a thrilling adventure. I recommend you buckle up and hold on tight. Review written by Aaron for A Tale of Many Reviews
ReadersFavorite 12 months ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite In Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux, a phenomenal conflict for the control of the lands of Illyia takes place and it features powerful characters and magic. Opal has never been given the attention she deserves by her instructors. Imbued with magic, she grabs the opportunity to step up when a shadowy warlord sets out to conquer Illyia. She is embroiled in a fight of great proportions. Along comes Tala, the beautiful elf who has had her share of suffering after an unjust banishment. Karn is another character with a mysterious past. Each character has a unique background and a powerful gift, but can they stop what is coming their way? I enjoyed the characters, starting with Tala whose story opens the narrative, and Karn who is wounded and gets help from Opal. The points of view are impeccably done, each chapter dedicated to one character, and focused scenes, a style of writing that enhances the suspense. The characters feature beasts, magical creatures, and enemies that are exceptionally strong and cunning. I was gripped from the first paragraph which begins in the heart of the action, introducing readers to one of the key characters of the story: "The snap of a stick echoed in the ears of the young elven woman as she fled through the murky midnight forest, her pale violet eyes like those of a predatory bird, searching and scanning her surroundings. In this chase, however, she was the prey." Kevin James Breaux has a unique gift for storytelling, the ability to create strong plot points and a conflict that carries the story forward. The prose is excellent, the characters believable, and elements of the setting so neatly woven into the story. Soul Born is a beautiful story that will entice fans of epic fantasy and readers seeking an entertaining escape.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
A young and powerful mage named Opal is tasked with creating a weapon to save her kind and land from an evil warlord, Mustaffa. She has created the weapon in the form of a new warrior named Karn. Going against her teachers plans however, Opal creates a bond with Karn that connects them psychologically. Together they set out to try and find help to defeat Mustaffa. Both are captured however and there they meet many more enslaved and captured by the warlord. The devastation and destruction he caused is immense. What Opal soon learns is that things are not as they seem with her teachers and the elders. She uncovers dark truths that shatter everything she was led to believe. Meanwhile Karn starts meeting other people that also have a different view of the world and plans to change the destructive course their land is headed for. Kevin Breaux has created another amazing fantasy novel with Soul Born. The enchanting mix of mage, human, elves, giants, jackalware, and all the rest of the fantasy creatures contained among the pages creates an engaging story that never gets old. From the opening pages we meet Tala the elf as she races for her life, about to die and is saved by stronger being that the reader is left wondering who or what it is. Readers are than transported to the story of Karn and Opal. There connection is magical, but you can tell Opal really loves him. This love allows her to see past the strategic value he holds to the High Council. The lies she had been fed all her life start to unwind and as she learns the truth of her magic and her people. This novel is the kind of book that makes you think, it is not a quick fluff read, and the twists and turns of the plot will take you by surprise. There are so many moving parts in the political maneuvering and each group of beings have their own agenda. While they all wish to stop Mustaffa from destroying the land, they all have different reasons and come to the battle from different directions. The characters are very well developed, and I love how you have to read deep into the novel to really find the depth of their personalities. The characters start off flat, but with each chapter you learn something new that adds another layer to them and the plot. Soul Born is a story about awakening both of one’s self, and the land that the characters inhabit. Breaux is able to twist all their lives together while still giving them each a voice and purpose. Characters are not used as simple filler, they advance the story along or are used to teach one of the main characters something about themselves. Nothing is by chance and each detail, while perhaps unimportant when you read it, will become clearly important down the line as you progress. A well written and original work that is captivating and one you won’t want to put down.
Urbanfan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let me start off by saying that this book is definitely unlike most other booksof this genre. Sometimes I think I've read all the fantasy-type books that Ipossibly can. How many more times can I read about the world coming to an enddue to the evil machinations of some dark lord, wizard, or king who is trying toobtain some great artifact of power which will make him or her unstoppable andmust be stopped by some individual with a destiny to lead the forces of good tovictory? Soul Born does not fit this commonly-used formula. I must admit thatat first it was hard to get used to as I kept expecting the story to go acertain way based on my pre-conceived notions of how these types of book usuallygo. Eventually, I stopped trying to imprint my ideas onto the story though andsat back and enjoyed the ride. The story focuses on three different main characters: Opal, a healer andpowerful mage, Karn, a ruthless warrior with a noble heart, and Tala,a beautiful and cunning elf. A great warlord is leading an enormous army toconquer the land of Illyia. Opal, Karn, Tala are all trying to stop thewarlord, however, each has their own reasons. This is a world that is full ofcompeting powers and various races of people with their own agendas and goalsfrom elves and dark elves, jackalweres, lizard men, mages, giants, and humans. Each party has a stake in the outcome of the battles being waged across theland. Opal is faced with the task of answering to a council of mages who havecommanded her to get the man she loves, Karn, to do their bidding. Tala has thetask of finding Karn and exposing him to secrets of his forgotten past whilefalling for him at the same time. Karn struggles with being the person chosento defeat the great warlord but he is continually plagued by visions and dreamsof another life. This book definitely gets down to business. If you are looking for an epic talefull of long explanations and an in-depth narrations of the history behindIllyria and all of its inhabitants, you won't find it here. The reader is givenjust enough information to learn what is important but the action keeps movingalong. At certain times in the story, this left me confused with manyquestions. This kept me intrigued though and wanting to keep reading in orderto have my questions answered. I enjoyed being dropped into the middle of anadventure and slowly discovering the secrets behind the action as the storyprogressed. Soul Born was different from many other books in that important characters maynot easily classify as "good" or "evil". As in real life, sometimes people makegood choices with pure motives and sometimes they make selfish ones that mayhurt others. This led to many twists and kept my mind active throughout theentire book questioning every move the characters made trying to guess whatsecrets were really going on behind the scenes. Their are some secrets leftunresolved though as this book is only the beginning of what looks to be athrilling adventure. I recommend you buckle up and hold on tight.
Dave_Kramer More than 1 year ago
Soul Born is a fast paced fantasy novel that will keep the reader turning pages and reading far too late into the night. Set in the land of Illyia, the novel tracks three main characters as they fight against an invading warlord who leaves a path of destruction across the land as he works towards his ultimate goal; the destruction of his creators. The characters are wonderfully brought to life as we learn about them and their various motives throughout the story. Opal is a young mage filled with enormous, but raw magical potential and is being mentored by the mage high council. She is strong willed and will go to any lengths to attain her desires. The biggest of those desires being her deep love for a warrior. Karn is a fierce fighter determined to end the warlord's destruction of his beloved land. We meet him as he is being nursed back to health by his lover, Opal, after being badly wounded protecting civilians fleeing the warlord. His entire life as he knows it will be turned upside down by a young elf. Tala is an outcast from her elven tribe who has taken refuge in a human town. She meets and befriends Karn. As their relationship grows closer, she is forced to reveal a terrible secret; his true past. The action keeps the story moving forward at a brisk pace while the slow unveiling of each character's full motives fuels the reader to keep turning pages. I love the shades of gray the characters are colored with. Opal is a great example of a character driven by her best desires and intentions, but capable of making terrible choices to attain them. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and am eagerly awaiting the second book in the series.
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