Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Guest Blogger - Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux

Brought to you by Guest Blogger Jess:  a twenty-something nanny from the Valley of the Sun, avid reader/writer, amateur photographer, and professional procrastinator.  You can check out Jess' blog at

Publisher:  Dark Quest, LLC

Publish Date:  November 30, 2010
ISBN:  978-0983099321
Pages:  316

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. She never wanted any of this. 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. 

 What Jess has to say:  I've been in a high fantasy/paranormal mood lately, so when I received Soul Born, I was really excited to read it. The cover is beautiful (and, as my artist fiance pointed out, it's actually painted and not digitized), and the summary on the back of the book left me wondering what it had to offer.

The plot was very fast-paced and interesting. It kept me wondering what would happen next, and this first installment of the Soul Born Saga wrapped up on a minor cliffhanger that left you wanting more, but not ripping your hair out because the second book's release date is unannounced.

The major drawbacks I had with the book were the writing itself and the character development. The writing was clumsy at times, and I found myself stumbling over awkward phrases and bulky backstory descriptions. When your internal voice is stumbling, you know there's a serious problem. I think if Breaux had had an agent or an editor, that problem would have been fixed well before the book was ever published.

In terms of the characters, they were interesting to read but were a little two-dimensional. I didn't really feel like anyone grew over the course of the story. In the end, they were all the same people they were in the beginning. Maybe that's something that will be addressed in the next book, but in my opinion the main characters should grow (at least a little) in each installment of a series. Otherwise, what's the point of reading the book?

Overall, this book is certainly worth checking out from the library or borrowing from a friend. I couldn't find any definite release date for the second one, but it left me curious as to what would happen next, so I'll be keeping an eye out for it.

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