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Born To Magic: Tales Of Nevaeh: Volume I by [Wind, David]
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  America is dead.
  The terrorists won.
Now, 3000 years later, the descendants of the survivors live in a world of ritual and magic.  As enemies from across the seas begin to close in while ancient legends come alive, nobody is safe. The only two who can stop the onset of the darkest evil is the sorceress, Areenna of Freemorn, and Mikaal, the son of the High King of Neveah. 
But they are young and their powers are new and erratic.  With the safety of the world in their hands, can Mikaal and Areenna find the courage and strength to overcome the impossible? 

TAGS: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult Fantasy, Coming Of Age Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, New Adult & College, Dystopian Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Women's fiction, Myths & Legends, Teen & Young adult, Magic

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2561 KB
  • Print Length: 345 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: DMW (15 February 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #210,606 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I stepped back into my fantasy genre reading mode to read Born to Magic: Tales of Nevaeh Volume 1 and am I glad I did! Great tale and one I thoroughly enjoyed.

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
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This is the first book I have read from David Wind.
Born to Magic: Tales of Nevaeh Vol. 1 is a story of a futuristic world of fantasy. A world that used to be our own until war erupted and ravaged the land. Now this world is facing another threat. One which could wipe out all life in Nevaeh and send it back to an age of darkness. Nevaeh is now a land where the inhabitants 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, was pushed by her mother to develop her gift sooner than most girls normally would. After her mother's death, Areenna is secretly trained by Enaid the High King's wife, because the Queen has foreseen the future. A future of darkness for all who live in Nevaeh.
While Areenna, her father the King of Freemorn, and the other Dominions which make up Nevaeh hold counsel, discoveries are made and foretellings come to light. Areenna must visit the Island. A journey she must make much earlier than most, but a journey which all women of magic must endure. She cannot go alone and succeed, but the future of all depends on her success.
Accompanied by Mikkal, the High King's son Areenna sets off on her journey.

I loved Areenna. Her character is one, which while well developed still learns and grows throughout the story.
A tantalizing tale which held me captured until the very end. I thoroughly enjoyed David's story and look forward to the Tales of Nevaeh Vol 2.
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Born To Magic, Tales of Nevaeh (1) by David Wind

The story takes place in Nevaeh, America is gone by war many, many years before. The women there have super strength and psychic abilities. One woman Areena, the daughter of King Freemorn is the future Queen.

She learns that the fate of the world is in danger and it is up to her to save it. Along with Mikaal, the son of Nevaeh's King they set off to fight to save humanity. They face many dangers along the way and secrets are revealed. Will Areena be saved from the darkness? Will their quest be a success?

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting and simply irresistible! 16 February 2015
By Effrosyni Moschoudi - Published on
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This book has astounded me. For one, this genre is not my cup of tea. Although I love science fiction, I’m not a big fan of fantastical worlds, especially when a medieval type of life is involved. Yet, this book has been a delightful surprise for me.

Other than enjoying the enchanting story of Princess Areenna and Prince Mikaal who set out on a treacherous journey to save their magical world, I was also greatly amazed by the concept of the storyline. David Wind has set this world into the very far future of the USA, at a time when worldwide terrorism has used technology to pollute the world with radiation, ending civilization as we know it.

In his fantastical world, the author introduces an array of mutated animals that all appear intriguing as well as surprisingly endearing, so much that they made me wish they existed in the real world; treygones and kraals in particular. There are beautiful descriptions of forestland, rivers and medieval-type castles and keeps and in this world, the women are revered and have magical powers. When the dark forces who have destroyed the world as we know it today return to try and rule even this new, devastated world, the gifted Areenna is summoned to travel with Prince Mikaal to The Island as to come face to face with the bare truth about the destruction that was brought upon it. On their way there, they get to know each other better as friends, they gather new gifts from other realms and of course, they get to master their newly acquired abilities that will help them in their final battle against Evil.

David Wind has created a world that expresses magic in every way; not just with the sparks and orbs of light that are expelled into the air with every wave and flick of the youngsters’ hands, but also with the suitably old-fashioned dialogue and the masterfully described scenes of the magnificent landscape. This amazing future world is simply irresistible and as I read on, I felt suitably mesmerized by it. I’ve had the best ‘mind trip’ of my life in years with this book. A true gem of its genre. Well done, David Wind!

I’m already looking forward to the next book in the Tales of Navaeh Series as to see what else this highly imaginative author has in store for the reader.

Don’t miss out. If you love fantasy, trust me, you want to read this book!
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Could Not Stop Reading! 4 April 2015
By Alex James - Published on
Born to Magic by David Wind 5/5 stars
In the aftermath of worldwide terrorism, a new world is born: Nevaeh! It’s where medieval/magical kingdoms exist in consensus under the rule of High King Roth and his wife Enaid; and only women are gifted with natural psychic ability, while Men focus on learning the physical arts of combat. However, the Dark Ones have already infiltrated the kingdoms with spies, and are rallying their forces for another war. Areenna, gifted with the most powerful psychic abilities, is Nevaeh’s best hope.
Born to Magic is an unusual epic fantasy adventure. The premise and overarching message was the hideous and very real threat of annihilation by a former enemy. It’s unusual because the minor message of the story is that whatever has happened in the past, society must be open-minded to change; and is ironic because it introduces a new world within a new world? This introduction is brought about when Areenna is destined to be joined by Mikaal, son of High King Roth, on an adventure. Both are told of their importance to one another and must go on a journey of discovery to realise their full potential. On their adventure they clash not just with dark forces, but also the status quo of Nevaeh. Their coming will bring about a change that must occur for the sake of human survival.
Once I read the lines ‘He is not Olrac!’ I knew I was in for something profound. The first half of the book was bursting with anticipation, where dangers lurked everywhere, and was imbued with some kind of writing sixth-sense, where the reader knows something perilous is going to happen. It’s exactly this kind of writing that attaches me to this author’s work. Once the second half of the story commenced, I could not stop reading! Expect deranged dark forces hunting while the protagonists must grow and adapt to survive. Areenna and Mikaal forge a believable connection that really allows the reader to get inside their heads, and warps you into a world where the saving of a kingdom is paramount. Imaginatively crafted, yet also familiar, mutated magical beasts roam the lands. Humans form bonds with many of these beasts, which along with magic, brings them closer to the Earth.
Other than this being a fantasy adventure written by David Wind, there wasn’t another compelling reason why I should have been as exhilarated as I was with this. The storyline was simply sublime and I will be reading more of this series.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect mix of fantasy and science fiction 15 February 2015
By Nicholas C. Rossis - Published on
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This was the first book of David Wind's that I've read, but from the very first paragraph I knew he's an accomplished story-teller. I devoured the book in a few hours, unable to put it down. A unique mix of fantasy and science fiction, Born to Magic follows the adventures of a gifted caster and the only man to possess magical abilities in a post-apocalyptic Earth, destroyed 3,000 years ago by terrorists.

The action was flawless, as was the writing and pacing. And yet, what I most enjoyed was the philosophy behind the story. I usually prefer a less maniheistic look of the world in my books (more grey than black and white), but Wind offers fascinating insight in the male and female psyche. The Island scenes were particularly haunting and I find myself thinking back to them every now and then.

I can hardly wait for the next book in the series!

I received an ARC copy by the author, in exchange for an honest review.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed when I turned the page and was at the ... 8 April 2015
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When I started "Born to Magic: Tales of Nevaeh: Volume 1" I had already read "Prelude to Nevaeh (Tales of Nevaeh)" and knew the backstory of how Roth got to Nevaeh and why he had the knowledge he did. This made jumping into Born to Magic a bit easier (not that I would say there would be any issues getting into the story right from the start). This was a very exciting, fast-paced book that kept my attention from beginning to end. The stories of each character meshed and made sense, there were no figuring out who was who and how they were related. I was disappointed when I turned the page and was at the end...I wanted it to go on. I'm anxiously looking forward to book 2 "The Dark Masters". I received this book free in return for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Depth adds to appeal 9 April 2015
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Terrific – I’ve found an Author who is intelligent, confident in his prose, and tells a great story!
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.