Born To Magic
Tales Of Nevaeh, Book I
Welcome To Your Future:
After the violence and radiation of terrorist wars killed America in the 22nd century, the 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.
About the author
David Wind has published thirty-Six novels including Science Fiction, Mystery and suspense thrillers. He lives and writes in the small village of Chestnut Ridge, about thirty miles upstate of NYC, and shares his house with his wife, Bonnie and dog Alfie, a sub-standard poodle (email him for an explanation).
His newest release is the Sci-Fi Fiction/fantasy series, Tales Of Nevaeh. This series is one that has been percolating in David’s thoughts for a while, projecting today’s world wide events 3000 years into the future. The first book of the series, Born To Magic, was released on February 15, 2015 and has received numerous 5 star reviews. The second book of the series, The Dark Masters, will be released on 5/15/15. A short story, Prelude To Nevaeh, is the prequel to the entire Tales Of Nevaeh series,
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. Read more ›
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.
5.0 out of 5 stars I Could Not Stop Reading! April 4, 2015
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! Read more ›
5.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed when I turned the page and was at the … April 7, 2015