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Fezariu grows up among the soldiers and becomes one of them....
Fezariu grows up among the soldiers and becomes one of them. He thinks his time with the mercenaries has hardened him. But a campaign in his old home town pushes him too far, and he discovers what really happened to his mother. Maybe there are some things money shouldn't buy... and maybe it's time Fezariu took his revenge.
Posted July 15, 2012
There are many plot twists and turns in this masterfully written book chronicling the life of a mercenary named Fezariu. Fezariu's Epiphany is a fantasy work on a grand scale in which you enter an imaginatively drawn world filled with many lands and spanning great periods of time. Within this landscape, Fezariu becomes a mercenary to try to escape the painful contingencies of his birth. As he forges ahead, gaining glory as a mercenary, he begins to realize that putting together the pieces of his past is the most difficult and important battle he will ever face.
Fezariu's Epiphany is a great read. It has many surprises. The author, David M. Brown, has thoughtfully crafted a many tiered adventure exploring in a compelling, and often nail-biting manner, questions of family legacy, life direction, morality and destiny. Each character in Fezariu's Epiphany plays an important role in helping Fezariu find his way, sometimes as a warrior (there are some great battle scenes), and sometimes as a friend. In the end Fezariu discovers that these relationships are where his loyalty ultimately rests and that they are the key to slaying the difficult emotions from his past.
I highly recommend this book and eagerly await the next in the series. My favorite character is Tessera!
Posted March 31, 2012
Epic world-building, classic story
Set in the carefully constructed medieval world of Elenchera, David M. Brown’s Fezariu’s Epiphany is an epic-length fantasy telling the story of a young man growing up in search of love and identity. Childhood takes place around the streets of small cities where Fezariu and his “sister” live, loved by father and mother, warmed and fed at the fires of the family bakery. But Fezariu’s father is not his father, and his mother deserts him, leaving Fezariu to wonder what value remains in love and relationships.
As is the wont of rejected teens, Fezariu sets off to become a soldier, specifically a well-trained mercenary. Soon he has new friends, but no loves, and battles take him to exotic locales where war proves as ambivalent a source of good government as in real life.
In the final third of the book, Fezariu balances disillusionment and loyalty. But an epiphany awaits, its secret hidden in the letters the young man writes.
Elencheran society is intricately woven and carefully told, filled with weighty history and social mores. There are no huge characters dominating the scene. The story rests rather on the shoulders of regular people enduring the everyday grievances and suffering of their world. But the themes are large and the book is long, slowly adding more complexity to the locales and filling in gaps in each character’s thoughts and memories.
There’s a distinctively English flavor to the writing, told with third person omniscience, every inner thought or outer expression laid bare. And there’s an epic urgency in the global scope of the tale. But the telling is slower and more formal than similar works, with repetition sometimes dominating effect and some oddly jarring word choices. Elenchera clearly has scope to fuel many more novels, and Fezariu’s journey provides an excellent, if slow, introduction to the world, with a wise message and even some wise and relevant social commentary.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for my honest review.
Posted March 23, 2012
All the years of work Mr. Brown did in creating the world of Elenchera are clearly evident when you read this story. It smacks of realism, yet contains just enough fantasy to make it entertaining. It’s a realm where the characters are at home, and you feel right at home with them.
A true journey of how one’s childhood can shape one’s life, and a revelation of what inner demons would drive a man to make the choices he did. Fezariu’s tale is one of love, betrayal, and loyalty played out over many years upon a vast canvas.
There is a bit more telling of Fezariu’s escapades than showing, so sometimes he comes off a bit flat. But that being said, it wasn’t enough for me to quit reading. And I believe that’s more of a personal preference. Wild Jessamine was a diamond in the rough, and the other supporting characters were well drawn and helped give the story a life of its own.
If you are a fan of epic fantasy, you will enjoy this beautifully edited book.
Posted October 16, 2011
Fezariu's Epiphany by David M. Brown
This is a tale of sadness, sacrifice and misunderstanding.
Fezariu bases his life on incorrect assumptions. His misery and withdrawn behavior may be a metaphor for life's misunderstandings. I found myself wanting to point in the direction of his redemption. He and his 3 Merelax Mercenaries' companions discover truths about themselves as the fulfill the duties and obligations thrust upon them.
The settings of a declining metropolis, a prominent brothel, demoralizing battlefields and a loving warm bakery are crafted and described well. The only complaint I had with the book was the letters that Fezariu sent to Alycea taxed my 20/20 corrected vision to the limits. I found the font size and the script made the letters very difficult to read.
Jessamine is the saddest character in the book and her self sacrificing behavior is as misguided as it is laudable. You can almost smell the filth and corruption that permeates Clarendon, a true cesspool of a city. This is a story of how a boy grows into being a man and accepting his faults and redeeming his failures.
I recommend it.
Posted August 1, 2011
I must say, I fell in love with this book. At first, I wondered why the book started before the hero of the story was even born, in his Mother's POV, but as I continued to read I realized that without those first few chapters from the Mother, I don't think I would've felt as connected with her or Fezariu. David handled the passage of time rather well as we follow Fezariu's life as he grows up. Through the use of letters the hero writes to his childhood friend, we get a full few of what is happening to him without the scenes dragging on. It was a unique feature that I don't see often - and even then it's usually not done well. David, pulled it off perfectly! Also, I feel that having the passage of time expressed in the form of letters from Fezariu, allowed me to connect with his friend - her loss, her missing him, etc. It was great to be able to connect emotionally with so many characters in this book, instead of just the hero.
Now, before people that know me scream at me - yes, I know I've said before that I'm not a fan of most fantasy novels as they are crowded with flowery words that take away from the plot. Well, David doesn't do that - and if he did, the plot itself was so amazing, I didn't notice!
Fezariu's life is affected by the White Oak, a famous brothel in Clarendon - indirectly. As a small boy, he decides he's cursed - after his mother's disappearance and his step-father's death. He runs away to the Meralax Mercenaries before anyone else he cares about gets hurt. He devotes himself completely to the mercenaries, throwing himself into the dangerous missions without hesitation. Fezariu just wanted to forget his past - and be rid of his curse. But he couldn't risk ever being close to anyone. Fezariu eventually realizes he has to face his past in order to be free of his curse.
This book is just great all the way around. I think honestly, my only disappointment is not seeing a map of Elenchera at the beginning of the book. However, the details about the world and the locations were clear enough in the that I knew where everyone was. I'm such a visual person though, it would have been a nice touch to actually have a map.
Posted July 25, 2011
This story is remarkably well written. The language is descriptive. The story flows smoothly at just the right pace to keep the reader interested and awaiting what will be on the next page.
The characters have been carefully crafted and possess their own individual querks.
My heart goes out to Jessamine for the choices life gives her and bleeds for Fezariu as life continues to throw him curves.
Be sure to check this one out and journey with Fezariu as he attempts to discover his past, his present, and his future.