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Soul Born (Soul Born Saga #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details  ·  102 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
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 an opportunity to step out from the shadows of her instructors and take her rightful spot among them. Tala, an alluring young elf, was banished from her tribe, hunted and ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published November 30th 2010 by Dark Quest, LLC
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Marc Aplin
Jan 21, 2011 Marc Aplin rated it liked it
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 an opportunity to step out from the shadows of her instructors and take her rightful spot among them.

Tala, an alluring young elf, was banished from her tribe, hunted and nearly killed by the beasts that dwell in the deep forests, but more than anything else she is a survivor. Joining forces with
Seán Gardner
Mar 05, 2011 Seán Gardner rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Feb 14, 2011 Kim rated it it was amazing
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 dire ...more
Mar 20, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
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 n
Apr 07, 2011 Izzles25 rated it it was amazing
Having won this book in a competition I was really excited to see what it was all about. I had found out about the author Kevin James Breaux from Twitter and from there I began to read his blog and learnt bits and bobs about the book from there. It sounded interesting and I am a really big fan of the genre fantasy and with all things magic so this book sounded right up my alley.

As soon as I started the book I knew I was in for a some surprises surrounding the characters and the storyline. I lov
Kimberly Kinrade
Feb 08, 2011 Kimberly Kinrade rated it really liked it
Breaux is a talented writer with vivid descriptions of the worlds he creates and the characters he develops.

Soul Born starts off slow. The conflicts are intriguing, but in a vague "what's going on?" way. It takes awhile to get to a solid hook, but once it does, WATCH OUT!

I couldn't put the book down after that, and I anxiously await the next book in the series. The ending definitely wet my appetite for what's to come.
Ellz Readz
Oct 12, 2011 Ellz Readz rated it really liked it
My thoughts... Welcome to a world of good and evil, right and wrong, dark and light. Kevin James Breaux has created a high fantasy world full of mystery, action, violence, love, and deceit.

Readers are introduced to the characters, Opal and Karn in the beginning of the story. Opal is a powerful mage and Karn is a warrior. They seem to be the perfect pair, in love, with a deep respect and passion for each other. However things are not always what they seem to be. When the enchanting elf Tala come
From a creative and conceptual standpoint, I have no issues with this novel. As a matter of fact, all three stars are for the unique concept behind this story. The problem for me was simply the writing style was not to my personal taste. The story reads like a video game. There is the continual stacking of action and consequences scenes. For me fantasy must have extensive world building and emotional manipulation. I need to feel the misery and the toll of death on the respective characters. I ne ...more
Jan 01, 2016 Lexie rated it really liked it
First thing to say is that even though it didn't change the rating for the book, I was more than a little relieved to hear that Soul Born is the first book in a three book series. Book 2 is due out in fourth quarter 2011 (Fall/winter) in fact.

When I first read about this the words 'dark fantasy' were first and foremost. And this can definitely be considered that; there's no 'good guy' or 'bad guy', or a sense that one side is any better then the other. Much of the characters are motivated by a s
Konah Fawkes
Feb 20, 2011 Konah Fawkes rated it it was amazing
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 bla
May 16, 2011 Nate rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-best
Remember when fantasy used to be fun, exciting and enjoyable to read? Kevin Breaux does. His debut novel Soul Born is easy to read, but has a complex story. While fantasy might not be for everyone, Breaux gives us a book full of action adventure twisted together with a mysterious surprise.

I do not want to spoil it, but you are along for the journey believeing one thing and then whammo! Amazing! Brutal!

Soul Born works is the beginning of a series, which Breaux has stated will each have a differ
T.K. Toppin
Jul 10, 2011 T.K. Toppin rated it really liked it
I found Soul Born to be surprisingly misleading, I mean that in a good way. I started out thinking it was a bit confusing, backtracking many times to re-read bits in the beginning to finally "get it." That aside, and once I finally "got it," I grew engrossed in the tale, and by the time I reached the end, I'd formed a completely different opinion of one of the lead characters in the book. The end itself, isn't really the end, (and leaves you wanting more) as Mr. Breaux as assured me (and his fan ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Pearse rated it it was amazing
'Soul Born' is the debut novel by Kevin Breaux which is dark high fantasy. The story has 3 main characters who are followed as the plot progresses. They are Opal (a mage), Karn (a mighty warrior) and Tala (a female elf living in exile from her people). The plot evolves with twists and turns and just when you think you know what is going to happen next something completely different happens.

This book is a breathe of fresh air in the genre in my opinion and I recommend it to anyone looking to read
Rich Weiss
May 27, 2011 Rich Weiss rated it it was amazing
Although I usually stick to typical science fiction space opera stories, I decided to read Kevin Breaux's high fantasy tale. I wasn't sure what to expect, but the story pulled me in hook line and sinker and didn't release me until the end. What an enjoyable storyline and likeable (and where appropriate unlikeable) characters. Breaux does a great job keeping things simple, yet pulling off unexpected turns in the plot that leave you guessing up until the very end.
Nov 03, 2011 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Another reviewer asked " if you remember when fantasy was fun"? I do and this book is indeed a fun read. The characters are well drawn with complex motives which aren't fully revealed but are done so as the story moves along. I enjoyed this book and it does remind me of all the things I like about fantasy.
Mar 31, 2011 ChristinaJL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, kindle
I really enjoyed this book. It had interesting characters, most of which who were shades of light/dark. The characters all had varying motives and there was plenty of action. The soul born magic was an intriguing idea and I'm looking forward to seeing how the story progresses in the next book.
Jan 02, 2012 Arely rated it it was amazing
Amazing! Though dark fantasy is typically not my genre, Kevin Breaux definitely made me re-evaluate it. It is a great book!
Feb 01, 2011 April marked it as to-read
This looks super interesting. :)
Oct 05, 2011 Dave rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 08, 2012 Mihir rated it liked it

Full Review over at Fantasy Book Critic

CLASSIFICATION: Soul Born is a dark epic fantasy novel reminiscent of the works of James Clemens, Paul S. Kemp & R.A. Salvatore.

FORMAT/INFO: Soul Born is 306 pages long divided over thirty-two titled chapters and a Prologue. Narration is in the third person via Opal, Karn and Tala Silverwolf. Soul Born is the opening volume in the Soul Born Saga with the book ending on a proper note. November 30, 2010 marked the Trade Paperback publication of Soul Bor
Sherri Dub
Aug 15, 2011 Sherri Dub rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I was sent this book as a (First Reader) on, but I definitely would have purchased it on my own. The cover is dynamite~bursting with color, as if magic is actually trying to escape the bindings of the book.
The book itself is a quick paced, easy read for all ages over 12, in my opinion. However, by no means is this a YA novel.
This is a classic D&D style read. If you enjoy fantasy books, in the form of RPG's, this book is for you.
I love reading all types of genres, but this was a
Feb 05, 2011 Vivien rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this copy from the author in a giveaway. I finished this a few days ago and have been mulling over this review. It's a hard one to put into words. I would start off by saying that I don't think it's necessarily one I would have picked up had I seen it at the bookstore. It's just not the typical genre that I read. That said, I did overall like it. I do think that it's something a guy would enjoy more. There's a lot of action, women, wars, sex, etc. And while I like all those things I felt m ...more
Mar 05, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
Defined as an Epic Fantasy(1&2) , Soul Born is a tale which readers will find quite engaging and adventurous. Kevin James Breaux brings to the stage an interesting cast of characters whose journey will lead readers on a path quite different from that which enthusiasts of the fantasy genre may be used to. Leave behind any pre-conceived ideas as to what direction the typical high fantasy should take and enjoy Breaux’s unusual rendition of good versus evil complete with a myriad of blurred line ...more
Ray Bliss
Apr 09, 2012 Ray Bliss rated it really liked it
Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux

Soul Born is a fun, engaging book in a mythical world where magic and monsters abound. Good and evil are not what they seem and many shades of gray exist for these characters and their motivations. The story starts with action and does not let up through most of the book. I especially liked how the back story slowly gets pieced together, but wish I could have gotten to know a little more about some of the secondary cast.

The cover of the book is an eye catcher, and
Sep 10, 2011 MaryAnn rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is colorful and magical! I have never read a fantasy, adventure novel before, so this was a first for me. I found this book exciting, mystical and surprising. The author is very detailed and I could actually visualize what was happening which is great. I was picturing a video game made from this book also. The ending was left so that we do want to read the next book to see what else can happen. I enjoyed this and as I kept reading I was more into it. I received the book th ...more
Oct 23, 2014 Roewoof rated it liked it
This story centers around Opal a budding mage, and Karn a resurrected soldier. They are antagonized by the council of Archmages, a warlord and meet friends along the way.

Here's my breakdown:

The story is quite good, although I feel that every scene being an intense action scene slowed the pace of the story a bit, and didn't allow for the characters to be more fleshed out.

Opal fell into the red headed magic wielding prodigy trope which exasperated me a little bit, but she carries a lot of the we
Ashley Barnard
Aug 28, 2011 Ashley Barnard rated it it was amazing
A perfect blend of high and dark fantasy, Soul Born is a delightful read with elves, mages and intrigue. The writing definitely stands out above most contemporary fantasy novels. Thanks, Kevin!
Al Sirois
Apr 25, 2011 Al Sirois rated it it was amazing
Fast moving, well written, "epic" style classic fantasy. Kevin has full control here, so let him take you for a ride.
White Witch
Feb 01, 2011 White Witch marked it as to-read
this book sounds interesting!!
H.R. Krishna
Feb 17, 2012 H.R. Krishna rated it it was amazing
Soul Born begins as a light headed novel but ends with a grim note, this is one of the very few sff novels where the politics isn't forced and there is definitely no farm boy rising to the occasion.
Opal is a fledgling mage who is struggling to get recognized by her masters and she sure is one hell of a sexy mage. But the point being she ain't the only one struggling to have a life she dreams.
karn has his own set of nightmares and his confusion later in the book is apparent owing to the kind of r
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Kevin James Breaux is an award-winning author and artist. His professional writing credits span over eight years and include short stories and novels. He is a member of the Horror Writers Association, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and the Erotic Authors Association. Write Makes Might!

Kevin is represented by Marisa A. Corvisiero the founder of the Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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