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(Once, Upon a New Time #1)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  22 ratings  ·  11 reviews
New worlds don't appear. They are born from the labor of those who envision them.

Count Witon has grown weary of the constant war between the races. Together with his wife Belamay, and Persky - first of a rare Human / Elf breed - Witon plans to create a new society: a utopia for anyone who longs for peaceful coexistence.

They recruit pilgrims from every city and species; mos
Published February 15th 2019 by Creativia
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Ruthie Jones
May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Birth is a strange little tale about hope for a better future filled with peace and prosperity and faith in one man's vision to escape a world of constant conflict and bring a diverse mix of beings together to live in harmony.

Birth is similar to many Utopian stories throughout the ages. How wonderful it would be to create and live in a society where everyone is equal, respected, and appreciated, despite their differences! What is unique about Birth is that it almost feels like a fairy tale, fill
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
Birth is the first book in the Once, Upon A New Time series, and we start off in the middle of a battle. Our main male is determined to save one of the injured, and carries him to his lover, who is both a warrior and a healer. He has an epiphany, and throws down his sword. He doesn't want to fight any longer, and is determined to start afresh somewhere new. He finds like-minded people of most of the races to go with him.

This was a great introduction to their world, and I really can't wait to con
Lynn Reynolds
Witon is willing to do what is necessary. He’s unique in his beliefs. Belamay isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. She loves a man with honor. Our author is very good in showing the reader how much they care for each other.

This is a story that combines the medieval feeling with fantasy. There is a thin line in what we believe to be true and those that we grew up reading but told they are just part of fairy tales. Part of the medieval is easy to see when you’re reading their conversations. This i
Kate Eminhizer
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to know what is going to happen when an author attempts a novel in a different genre. This new novel shines a light on Ms. Russo Morin's brilliance as an artist. From the moment you open the pages, this story will sink into your skin and you will be unable to shed the kinship you feel with the characters. Much like Tolkien, Russo Morin weaves an intricate world full of delightfully complex and magical beings. There is a balance between the pulsating love scenes, the dismally grotesque ...more
Andrea Thompson
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the first in a series that is an epic fantasy adventure. It's got all the familiar parts - the gathering of all different races to form a team to take a journey, the crossing of worlds, an ethereal voice prompting the whole situation... all the things you would want to see in this kind of story!

All the characters were unique and well-drawn, and they are realistic in that they don't always agree or get along, but can still be friends or at least cordial to one another. There's the couple
Arlene Mullen
Apr 30, 2019 rated it liked it
The book starts with the count, wounded and fighting. He hears this voice calling for help. He doesnt know what it is about this voice, but he feels the urge to go help it. It becomes the start of a connection that, in their world, is strange. During his conversations with pesky, he realizes that he cant fight anymore. He tells Belamay of his plans and shows her of the now land he wants to build their new life.
This starts a very long, treacherous journey of convincing the other races of peace a
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Aug 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found Birth a curious book to read. Perhaps I’m just not used to fantasy series that try to take such a positive outlook!

The tale of a group inspired to leave their home in search of a new land. A classic medieval fantasy opening that develops into a feel good story of how one mans dream brings peoples of all races to sail in search of a new land of peace. Can they forge the dream into a reality, we will have to wait for the series to continue to find out. I will certainly be continuing the j
Laura Inglis
Jun 02, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author via Voracious Readers. I liked the storyline of trying to find a better peaceful world. I found the second half more interesting than the first as the danger seemed more real and the pacing was quicker. I found that some parts of the story seem to be skipped after being built up as important. I understand that this was so the story wouldn’t be to long but these felt to important to be missed out.
Overall I did enjoy this book and will l
Jeffrey A. Dewey

Unique read but moved between fast and slow, action and non-action. Trouble keeping my interest but has a great storyline.
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
War between the races has been going on for years and years. Most people are tired of all the fighting and decide they want to leave find a new home and live in peace where everyone cares for and loves each other where everyone can live in peace.

Wilton, Belamay, and Persky come up with a plan to take a ship and find a new world to start a new life of peace. Anyone and everyone from all species are welcomed in their new world.

Their plan is for Wilton to take the first ship out to find the world
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Donna Russo Morin is the award winning of author of historical fiction. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, she lives near the ocean, her greatest muse. Her two sons, Devon and Dylan--an opera singer and chef--are still her greatest works in progress.

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