Soul Born by Kevin J. Breaux is a fantasy novel set around a mage in training, a warrior who is to fight an evil tyrant warlord but suffers from memory problems of another life and a banished elf who finds herself in the center of a human war. A mysterious warlord embarks on a conquest to destroy the lands of Illyia and now Opal, a mage who wants to be more, uses this as an opportunity to step in what she hopes is to be her new role. The story has a few twists and the characters are later revealed to not be what you expected about half way through the book. The story is pretty detailed on world building, but the writing can be a bit off at times and things get a tad too easy for characters to get out of trouble. It has an interesting story and I will be interested to see what happens in the sequel. Recommended for fans of fast-paced fantasy that has lots of characterization with plenty of motives and agendas that centers around three characters instead of just one. I give it 3.5 stars.
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 an ancient elemental power Tala finds herself in the center of an unrelenting human war.
Flesh like leather and bone as strong as steel Karn, a veteran from the first kingdom to fall, is fueled by vengeance. While pushing ever headlong into battle Karn begins to recall memories of another life; ghosts that haunt his dreams.
Through death of soul, their world is born.