- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 48 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: David Wind
- Audible.com Release Date: September 17, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015HS2PX4
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Born to Magic: Tales of Nevaeh, Volume I Audiobook – Unabridged
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This is a story about good and evil – evil so extreme that it is beyond our own imaginations, but David has a way of painting that dark side so that even we can fathom what that is. The dark side is determined to overtake Navaeh, the last holdout of the good in our world.
The author brings the characters to life – Princess Areenna and Prince Mikaal, the chosen that must take it upon themselves to face the demons, the absolute terror, to save Navaeh. The brave people of this land led by the High King and Queen, will do anything in their power, and “power” in this future place is a combination of highly developed magic born of the women of Navaeh and the absolute bravery and highly skilled men (and women) of this beautiful land. Many pull together what is needed to keep the evil dark side from taking over. Failure would mean the entire world would be filled with only true horror. There is no losing this war.
There are surprises around every corner, page by page, in this fast paced plot. I didn’t know what to expect next and simply could not put the book down. David Wind can paint a picture with words as I’ve never read them before and I was held captive throughout the entire book.
I like the concept of Nevaeh, and women will find this is more gender affirmative than so many novels written by men. I expect it will be enjoyed by many who don’t usually choose to read books in the science-fiction/fantasy genre. Not only is it an entertaining story, but there’s a depth in the underlying philosophy that adds to the appeal.
This is the first David Wind novel I’ve read – the first of many, I hope. I’ll certainly be reading the follow-ups to this one.
If you are looking for a post apocalypse, with medieval undertones and magic, well this is it.
The one thing that drove me absolutely batty was the authors penchant to turning words backwards. The main area is called Neveah (heaven), capital city is Tolemac (camelot) and many of the names such as Enaid (Diane), Atir (rita), Nosaj (Jason), Laira, (Arial), and so on. Hard to pronounce names are bad enough, but once I caught on to the backwards trend, I was constantly stumbling in my reading and the story flow would be interupted.
Synopsis (from the author): Long ago, the violence and radiation of terrorist wars killed America. Descendants of the survivors now dwell in a world of ritual and magic, where ten dominions struggle for supremacy and a dark, formidable power has emerged.
Areenna, the only daughter of the King of Freemorn, is barely eighteen, yet her psychic ability is strong. She is called to The Island and learns that the fate of her world is in her hands. She must undertake a perilous journey to save Nevaeh from malicious destruction. But she will not travel alone.
Mikaal, the son of the High King of Nevaeh, has just as much at stake as Areenna. The quest takes them through haunted wastelands filled with mutants while a vile and evil force will do everything in its power to stop them—for it wants Nevaeh as its own.
What I liked: I thought the premise of the book was great. The idea of a space traveler returning to earth to find a society without technology, and where the women wield magic was so cool to me. Add to it the intrigue of the evil influences in the world trying to conquer the world, the hint of romance that flows throughout the book, and the action sequences, and you have a great read. I also liked the way words had evolved in the story. For instance, instead of rabbits, there were rabts. Interesting way to make familiar things new!
What I didn’t like: I thought I little more background on the evil force would have been nice, but it certainly didn’t detract from the story. Other than that, no complaints from me!
Overall impression: Born to Magic held my attention from the beginning. A nice blend of action, fantasy, intrigue, and a hint of romance made this a great read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes to read fantasy!
My rating: 5 Stars