"Uniquely intriguing blend of Shannara and Star Wars perhaps?" Sheila Deeth VINE VOICE
Born to Magic presents a very different world from our own, where magic has a logic given to women, and a pre-industrial America has well-defined rules and laws governing kingdoms, kings and queens. But it wasn't always so. These kingdoms warred incessantly before the new leader arrived and changed everything. Of course, the reader asks what happened before that - how did America become a land of kingdoms? And for this, the author presents intriguing hints that provide enough information without ever giving too much.
Author David Wind presents a fascinating future history very naturally in this tale, blending magic and science with touches of sociology and present day danger. He pulls the reader in with well-timed mystery and revelation, amuses with nicely futuristic words and idioms, and adds a fascinating dual sense of dangers past and present.
As the first book in the series, Born to Magic introduces an captivating culture, peopled with enjoyable characters. The magical Areena and the man she might learn to love make convincing protagonists that readers easily learn to care about. Hints of Star Wars blend with Shannara perhaps, and the result is nicely individual, futuristic, fascinating, and very well-told. Highly recommended.Lady Sara's Book Blog Review
There are other dystopian novels out there and I have found that there is quite a bit that can be done with a post-apocalyptic world. However, author David Wind has come up with one of the most intriguing and original story lines for a book that I have come across in a long time. Part science fiction, part fantasy and part horror, 'Born To Magic' is a futuristic fantasy where the world of Nevaeh jumps off from the first page. The author writes beautifully, using specific vocabulary, without holding back the story line. I thought Areenna, the young heroine, was a well-developed character and fully understanding of the consequences of her actions. I couldn't put it down and read it from beginning to end in one sitting! I stayed up until three in the morning to finish it ;p Excellent writing from an excellent author.
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Born to magic is a marvelous adventure. I felt like I was allowed to experience it all right along with the characters. David Wind has a way of bringing the story to life through his words. He writes with such great detail and passion. I love how he even changed up names, because as we know language is ever evolving. I would have to laugh sometimes when they would talk about a dangerous snuck or killing a rabt though.
It was a long read, but well worth it all. I found this book to be full of surprises. It has a great otherworldly feel about it. At times I would feel as if two worlds were coming together. It is a futuristic world set in medieval times. I just love the characters and I find them easy to relate to. In Born to Magic it talks about how a man and woman thinks and reacts differently. I think it is great how they could balance out each other in this and at times also learn to see things in a different way. Oh and the end was a great place to stop. It made me feel as if the story had some resolve, but also showed how the adventure was just beginning.
3,000 years from now the world has changed. War almost wiped humanity, but some survived. They were changed by the radiation that was set upon the world, some more than others. Races no longer exist. The men became bigger and stronger and the women developed magic. They seem to complement each other well. However, all is not well in this new world. There is an unimaginable evil that is determined to control them all. Humanity is not ready to go down without a fight. Areenna and Mikaal must find a way to overcome the evil that is headed their way and with the help from some unexpected places, they just might stand a chance. They must embark on a journey through some of the worst lands with danger around every corner. With a little something extra from the past will the world survive? Will Areenna and Mikaal find what they seek?
OMG By michelle on Amazon
Great book kept me on my toes wondering what was going to happen next. I literally couldn't put my iPad down. I would recommend this book to everyone, you guys don't know what you are missing.
Born To Magic, Tales of Nevaeh (Vol.1) by David Wind
Author Lisa Verge Higgins, [Goodreads]
A dystopic fantasy with a feminist twist! In the new world that develops long after the old one was destroyed, women have the upper hand. They wield the magic while the men wield swords. But a strong, dark power is rising from the old world, determined to destroy the cooperation and ties that the kingdoms have painstakingly developed for mutual protection. It falls to two young people to ward off the threat--Areenna, a woman-child with great potential powers, and the young prince Mikaal, who has a terrible secret of his own.
David Wind has penned a classic fantasy quest and a fabulous first installment in what promises to be an epic series.
(Lisa Verge Higgins is the Author of The Proper Care And Maintenance Of Friendship)
Born To Magic, Tales of Nevaeh (Vol.1) by David Wind
Sheri Wilkinson [Goodreads]
A very original story, very detailed and well written. Each character has their own qualities, some are likable while others are not. There is suspense, adventure and magic. All the qualities of a great fantasy.
From the Author
This book is the first in a series I started because of how the world seems to be evolving. I decided to use a combo of sci-fi & fantasy to show a possible future that grew from today's world-wide turmoil caused by terrorism and fundamentalist thinking by refusing to use science and technology while embracing magic and the metaphysical, There have been many science fiction and fantasy writers over the past century and a half who have shown us a myriad of possibilities for our future, mostly Dark Sci-Fi or Dark Fantasy.
Born To Magic: Tales Of Nevaeh, Volume I is one of those possibilities, which I present in an epic sword and sorcery tableau, using a mixture of Science Fiction and Fantasy to create a Dystopian World far different from any other.
This novel and series was written for readers from teens and young adults to seniors. It is for anyone who wonders what the future holds. --David Wind