• Born at Dawn

  • An Upper YA Fantasy Adventure (Da'Valia Trilogy, Book 1)
  • By: Christina Davis
  • Narrated by: Amelia Hugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Born at Dawn

By: Christina Davis
Narrated by: Amelia Hugh
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When a heist goes terribly wrong and the binding spell holding 17-year-old Neva's powers at bay is shattered, the half-human thief knows she's in trouble. 

Neva has always hidden her Da'Valian heritage while working risky jobs to make a name for herself and serving at her family's tavern, but she won't be able to hide much longer. She can either risk the safety of those she cares about or seek out her mother's people to gain control over her emerging powers. 

The Da'Valia are beautiful, brutal creatures created by the god of war, and the austere Da'Valian soldier Astiand reluctantly agrees to take Neva to his clan under his protection. She makes unexpected friends, including the handsome fighter Emiliand, and a new enemy in the clan's ruthless leader. 

Spying on her guardian, the sly heroine quickly discovers just how deep she has stumbled into a dangerous, developing clan feud. Will she be able to embrace who she is in time to keep her loved ones safe?

©2020 Christina Davis (P)2021 Christina Davis

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Outstanding

Wow what a wonderful story. A heist gone wrong and definitely danger involved. The Narrator makes you feel as if you are part of the book. Loved it

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Surprising and Great Debut novel

When 17 year old Neva steals a magical goblet, she witnesses a series of visions that unleash her hidden powers. No longer able to deny her De’Valian heritage, she goes off to discover how to control her abilities among the magical beings, the De’Valia. Along the way she fights to protect her family and honour her mother’s legacy.

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I connected with the author through Facebook when I was looking for authors to interview for a magazine I work for. Christina was open and honest about her experience and I was drawn to her drive and motivation (she wrote this after a near death experience)! Her book was on my wishlist forever and recently she offered to give away a few copies of the audiobook. I was lucky enough to get one. This book was such a great listen. The narrator was fun and easy to follow even if the different clan names sound similar and there’s a lot of world building to keep up with. I was drawn in by the narrator, who did an excellent job, and I found myself listening wherever I was, always drawn back to the story. I devoured it in a few days.

I was surprised by the romance elements. I kept guessing who she'd end up with, even suspecting the other thief from the opening scene for a while (haha). I found it sudden but i the best kind of way. An insatiable attraction. I found myself grinning at every kiss. It was a welcome surprise, along with all the other twists and turns. I never knew where this story was headed. I think Davis did a great job for her debut novel and the prophecy worked well to tie up all the loose ends. I just would have liked more lead up to the finale event or a clearer structure to orient the reader throughout the story because I found the events blending together in my head. The big events were there, trust me! One on one combat, trainings, mystery, friendships, burning buildings, a curse, massive battle, this book has it all, but not necessarily in the same way From Blood and Ash worked up to the Ascension. I wasn’t sure what the big finish would be until it happened, but at least when I got it I wasn’t disappointed.

I would definitely recommend this one! If you're hesitant, give it a chance. Davis will draw you in. It’s easy to root for the characters and get invested in the mystery. I'll definitely be reading book two.

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Live this story

(I was gifted a copy of this book and I have chosen to leave my honest review.)

This was my second time reading this book. But, the first time listening to it on audio.

First, let me talk about the audio. This narrator is really, really good. Her voice is so soothing, and her accents are perfect, and her male/female tones are perfect. And I think that the author hit it out of the park when she chose this narrator.

As far as the story, I have reviewed this here before but then I had that slight (massive) mishap where all of my reviews were deleted. So let me reiterate.

I enjoyed this book even more the second time around. I found the world building in this story to be amazing. The author was able to create these societies, this world, and make it absolutely believable. And while the terminology takes a minute to get used to it ends up flowing really well.

Trigger warning: Love triangle. 😆 Okay, it’s not really a trigger but, oh my goodness. I can’t cope. I have thoughts, and I have feelings, and I have opinions. And I know, I just know the author is going to rip my heart out. I know my ship is going to sink. But, honestly that is one of the things that is so great about this book. The level of emotional response it draws from me. Was I driving down the road yelling at the author? Maybe. Why? You’ll have to read and find out.

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Amazing Beginning

I absolutely loved this book. The narrator truly brought the story to life! Neva is one of my new favorite heroines. I can't wait to read the next book, I NEED to know what happens next!!

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An instant favorite for fans of YA fantasy.

I began hearing about this book last year, well before its release, and was eager to dive in once it became available. I preordered, saw its delivery straight to my Kindle on release day... and then, life. Between books pending review, work, kid, and an already ever-growing TBR pile, this one somehow fell aside.

So when I got the chance to review the audiobook, I was rather pleased, despite the fact that I never, ever listen to fantasy audiobooks that I haven't read first. I generally find it too easy to get distracted, and harder to pick up on the characters and the world-building that the author so painstakingly creates for their readers.

Having said that, I really did enjoy Born at Dawn, so much so, that it deserves a reread in my usual approach (something I will save for a little closer to book two's release).

Neva made for a compelling main character - her self-confidence set against her desire to learn more about the powers she was given strikes a close enough familiarity to Throne of Glass' Aelin that Maas fans will notice, but not be deterred from her unique development. The usual romantic trials and tangles that often plague YA fantasies is present here as well, however it is simply a slow burn that creates interest without detracting from the story.

I was also pleased to find that, despite the author setting up a multi-book landscape, the world-building here wasn't so grandiose that the reader would get lost.

In terms of the audiobook itself, the narrator is fantastic with her range and ability to separate the characters on the page, and I had no trouble in following along with her storytelling. She delivered the intensity perfectly, where I often found myself setting aside whatever I was supposed to be doing at the time, and simply listening in.

Fans of this genre will absolutely find similarities to other popular books alongside it, but there is enough unique creation in both the diverse cast of characters and the driving plot that I think it will be an instant favorite to those who give it a try. I am looking forward to a reread where I can truly escape within this world, and am absolutely looking forward to book two.

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Even better the second time around!

I originally read this novel last year, but when the chance was presented to listen to the audiobook I couldn’t pass it up! I truly love the story and love how Neva struggles with her identity, but also manages to grow as a person under her circumstances. The world building was so very unique and I really enjoyed hearing about Davis’s world she has created a second time around. I cannot wait for the sequel.

Hugh was wonderful in her performance of the main story as well as each of the characters. I had a clear understanding of who was talking and each of the characters accents were consistent throughout the entirety of the story. The narrator gave a wonderfully animated performance as well. She seemed really excited to be narrating this book. I would definitely recommend giving this a go if you’re a fan of the Throne of Glass series or any other books with a strong female character with magical abilities.

I received an advanced copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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Excellent story with a great narrator

I frequently found myself sitting in my car when I got where I was going so I could continue listening. I won't try to type out the names since I know I'd butcher them but all of the characters were great and I cannot wait to read book 2!

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A New Heroine Is Born

This was my first experience with Christina Davis' work and I was enrapt from the very first page. The story is thrilling and exciting. The protagonist is a half-fae/half-human girl named Neva, who adds to her family's income by being a thief. When a heist goes wrong, Neva is set on a path to discover more about her Fae side and the journey is dangerous and enlightening. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and I recommend this series to those who enjoy this genre. Amelia Hugh's narration is great and adds to the story's entertainment. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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An epic fantasy with spectacular narration!

Story: 4.5/5 ⭐️
Wow. What a whirlwind story! Born at Dawn is action-packed from beginning to end, and the plot is wonderfully developed. While some aspects are a bit predictable and cliché, it doesn’t take away from the story, and it’s splendid for a debut novel. Amelia Hugh does an excellent job conveying the emotions and nuances of each character, giving each one a unique sound. Overall, this audiobook was extremely well-done, and I would highly recommend it to fans of Throne of Glass, Serpent and Dove, and From Blood and Ash.

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Amazing adventure

Wow! What amazing world building!
You’re pulled right in from the first page to the last page it is nonstop.
Neva’s life is about to get turned upside down when a job she takes doesn’t go 100% as planned. When an outsider is hired for the same job it starts in motion events that will alter Neva’s life forever.

Neva’s a halfbreed, and it’s been a hard secret to keep, so when a star anger comes to town and she has an opportunity to go with him & learn more about her DaVilia side and maybe more about her mother she takes it.

That decision will alter her life forever.

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  • Clay Kelly
  • 08-15-21

A world to lose yourself in.

Born at Dawn creates a richly and impressively conceived world. It's well-paced and is a good read for any fan of YA Fantasy! I sometimes shy away from fantasy as I find the task of learning new languages and societal structures to be a bit exhausting but Christina Davis does an excellent job leading the reader into her world a little at a time and I soon found myself lost in its icy mountains! Would have been 5 stars except that I didn't love the audiobook narrator who does a solid job but I found her a little heavy-handed. Despite this, I recommend it as a read or a listen as it is largely personal taste. You won't regret listening to Born at Dawn and will no doubt be awaiting the next installment.