Legends Reborn

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Since the dawn of time, the Light of Epertase has determined when the throne was to be passed from elder to heir. For more than a thousand years, the Light's decision had never been challenged-until now.

When a ruthless army advances on Epertase, the Light determines that corrupt King Elijah is no longer fit to rule - his daughter, Princess Alina, is the kingdom's only hope for salvation.

When evil men violently abduct her, Epertase's fall ...

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Since the dawn of time, the Light of Epertase has determined when the throne was to be passed from elder to heir. For more than a thousand years, the Light's decision had never been challenged-until now.

When a ruthless army advances on Epertase, the Light determines that corrupt King Elijah is no longer fit to rule - his daughter, Princess Alina, is the kingdom's only hope for salvation.

When evil men violently abduct her, Epertase's fall appears inevitable. But all is not lost, for Alina has a secret lover lurking in the outer mountains; a long-banished warrior willing to bring down armies and King Elijah himself to save her. His name is Rasi and he prepares for blood.

Deadly men plan to sacrifice Alina for the Light of Epertase that lives within her soul. Rasi plans to kill all who try. The kingdom's fate hangs in the balance.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936850105
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Series: The Light of Epertase Series
  • Pages: 386
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas R. Brown is a fantasy writer who lives in Pataskala, Ohio. He began writing more than five years ago as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter and paramedic for the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy, where he draws on his lifelong love of the genre.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    Highly Recommend

    This is a great fantasy novel, with a strong storyline, lots of action and twists and turns, loads of unique characters, a little romance, and laugh-out-loud humor. I've had the unique opportunity to read it before the "masses" and can't wait now to see what happens in the 2nd book of this trilogy, which I understand Mr. Brown has already written. Not really for children under 13 because of descriptive bloody battle scenes. The reader becomes quite drawn to Rasi and the princess; you can't help but to root for both of them in their journeys.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Strong Storyteller

    Brown has a strong voice and knows his way around a paragraph, but what makes this novel SO worth reading is how unique the world of Epertase is. The male lead, Rasi, is a warrior and one of the most intriguing character's I've read in a while. His wounds, external and internal are positively gripping. The narrative draws you in and keeps you tied to the plot till the very end, where I promise you---you'll be eagerly awaiting book two in the series.

    Do you think all fantasy novels are the same? Are you tired of seeing the same old characters over and over again? Brown ushers you into a world that would ROCK as a graphic novel (and likely one day will), where his descriptions are as breathtaking as his characters area real. Read this one---you'll thank me later!

    The themes are deep and weighty: Forgiveness, redemption, love, death...Brown leaves no stone unturned in this powerful debut novel. Get used to his name...Douglas Brown, because you'll be hearing it a lot from here on out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 14, 2011

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    Terrific debut of promising new author - READ IT!!

    "The year was Matthew 1012."

    With these simple words, the author, Douglas R. Brown, draws us into the story, shows us this is a world we've never seen before and immerses us in it. Rasi, a warrior of Epertase, is filled with remorse for the killing he did during the recent war. He tries to hide this from his pregnant wife, but she can tell something is bothering him. While celebrating the promotion of Prince Elijah, who has commanded Rasi's group during the wars, Rasi is snubbed by the prince repeatedly. When Rasi can finally get away, he takes a shortcut that ends up causing him to intercept the rape and beating of a young woman - he is, however, outnumbered and unable to prevent her murder. Rasi is blamed for this atrocity - his tongue cut out so he can't defend himself or tell the truth - and put into a pit with a rashta, a fierce beast. Using his indomitable will, however, Rasi just manages to kill the rashta, although he fears he is dying himself. As he passes out, he sees the tentacles from the rashta's back disengage themselves . and come for him.

    When he awakens, they have fully attached themselves to his back. And with his new tentacles (or straps, as he calls them), the new phase of his life of banishment begins.

    After 12 years in hiding, the last five lightened by the occasional presence of a young woman (whose name I won't mention to avoid additional spoilers!) with whom Rasi has fallen in love (and she with him), the Teks come. A race that uses machines, they take over other lands in order to drain the oil from the ground and the resources from the land to fuel their own empire. Despite overtures of peace from both Epertase and it's neighboring country Lithia, the Teks slaughter their way across the country in a seemingly unbeatable wave of death, their machines, firearms and cannons granting them an incredible advantage that no amount of courage seems able to overcome. Will Epertase be able to stand against the might of the Teks? Will Rasi be able to re-integrate into society? Or will Epertase fall and Rasi with it? Read the book to find out!

    Overall this was a really terrific book - although the initial chapters might be considered a bit slow by some readers, I felt they were appropriate to provide the information and background on the characters needed to set up for a trilogy. By the time the Teks reach Epertase, the action is all anyone could possibly want. Fans of fantasy, military fantasy/science fiction and action/adventure stories should all enjoy this book. The next book in this series - "A Kingdom's Fall" - is due on shelves fall 2012. The final book in the trilogy, "The Rise of Cridon," is scheduled to be released in fall 2013. I, for one, am really looking forward to seeing where this story goes.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 23, 2012

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    Douglas R. Brown expertly crafts a complex and fascinating epic

    Douglas R. Brown expertly crafts a complex and fascinating epic fantasy
    in LEGENDS REBORN. Rasi is tired of war, even though he’s up for the
    captain’s position of the Epertasean army. On the night he decides to
    reject the position, he witnesses a horrific attack upon a young woman.
    Now sentenced to die for her death, he must find a way to survive
    because Epertase doesn’t know that it needs him to survive the growing
    threat upon the horizon. LEGENDS REBORN drew me into the rich fantasy
    world of Epertase. The characters are well-developed and aren’t always
    quite what they seem with their agendas. The complexity of the
    worldbuilding felt realistic and reminded me of how the Native Americans
    (Epertase) must’ve viewed the Europeans (Teks). Yet Brown does a
    fantastic job to keep the reader in the moment and not bogging the
    reader down with the backstory and worldbuilding. I cared about these
    characters and what would happen to them. LEGENDS REBORN by Douglas R.
    Brown is epic fantasy at its best. I look forward to reading book two, A

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  • Posted July 31, 2012

    Legends Reborn is the first book published by Douglas Brown and

    Legends Reborn is the first book published by Douglas Brown and it is a fantastic piece of work. He tells the story of Rasi, a soldier who has been framed and fallen into disgrace. While living the life of a hermit Rasi happens to meet Alina, the princess, and they fall in love. This love must be kept secret as Rasi's life is forfeit if the king ever finds out where he is hiding. Both Rasi and Alina are well crafted characters, but I truly enjoyed Simcane. Simcane is a mercenary who loves his country but hates his King. A man with a reputation for ferocity in battle tainted by rumors of treason.

    The Light of Epertase is a very cool way for the rule of a kingdom to be controlled. It is almost like divine mandate having a physical manifestation. If a ruler proves that they are no longer worthy the light leaves them and they are no longer in control. This leads to Alina being kidnapped by people who have diabolical plans involving the heir to the light. Rasi of course is willing to do whatever it takes, no matter the cost to himself to ensure the safety of his love.

    This book has many unique qualities and is an amazing offering from a first time author. My biggest regret is that I will have to wait another year to get to read the next installment. Everything a fan of fantasy could ask for can be found in this book. The battles are epic, the plot fantastic, the magic unique, and the characters are amazing. This book should be on your TBR list for sure.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

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    Rasi, a talented warrior and member of Prince Elijah's squad, ma

    Rasi, a talented warrior and member of Prince Elijah's squad, may soon become a captain. However, he no longer wants the warrior lifestyle. He'd rather settle down with his pregnant wife for a little while and perhaps pick up a career a lot less death heavy.

    Rasi's plan was to give up his title as a warrior some time after going to the royal family's meeting. Unfortunately, the shortcut he takes from the palace in an effort to quickly get back to his wife ends up completely changing everything. Rasi hears a commotion. At first he just thinks it's a bunch of drunken men until he hears a girl being harmed. He tries to save her; he tries to defeat the captors.

    It does not go as planned. Rasi opens his eyes and learns two things: 1.) his tongue is gone and 2.) he is not only being framed for the rape and murder of the girl, but his punishment is to die fighting a seven-tentacled beast. Here, Rasi's talent as a warrior gets him through - though barely - and the seven tentacles jump from the Rashta to him.

    His escape seems for naught. He has nowhere to return to and nothing to keep him going but revenge...well, until he meets Princess Alina many years later.

    I thought the story would be about Rasi and his revenge. However, with the introduction of Alina comes the introduction of the Light and the coming war with the Teks. The Light's role is to decide when the throne should be passed from elder to heir. However, on the day of change, the Light can be stolen if Alina is killed. The Teks, a steampunk civilization, are just out to conquer worlds and acquire more oil, and Epertase happens to be next.

    Douglas Brown did a great job describing battles and plans, and the bits of humor here and there got a smile out of me. He's a a great writer, in that I could usually imagine everything he described and his sentences flowed together. However, I couldn't really connect with the characters. Prince Elijah's corruptness (I don't understand what he has against Rasi), Rasi and Alina's fairly quick relationship, even some of Rasi's actions...sometimes the only purpose I could see was moving the plot forward.

    For me, the story especially picks up when the Teks started invading. At this point, the focus was less on characterization and more on the war (which was well-written and an enjoyable read).

    Still, I have faith in Brown's storytelling skills and writing ability and I know for certain that he gets a better grasp of characterization the more he writes. How awesomely realistic the characters in Tamed were proves this. I recommend Legends Reborn for anyone interested in fantasy, steampunk, and battles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    Not recommended

    I read this, expecting a great book. The synopsis was intrigued me, but it quickly fell apart. The "romance" was creepy, as the hero is described as being in his 20s, and the love interest is around 8. The fight with the creature creature that gives Rasi his "straps" (featured on the cover of the book--those are the things coming out of his back) is straight out of Return of the Jedi, when Luke fights the Rancor. Those few pages are the most exciting pages, and it quickly goes downhill from there.

    The characters are cardboard and the story is flat. If there is one thing that I can guarantee, I won't be coming back for the rest of the series.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 4, 2011

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    Classic Fantasy fee with a few changes.

    Rasi a loyal soldier to the king and loving husband and father-to-be who suffers nightmares of his bloody war memories who's life changes drastically when he leaves the celebration of the Prince's advancement and promotion by way of a shortcut to get home to his soon to be angry wife. Rasi awakes to find his tongue removed and tried, found guilty of murder for the woman he tried to save. Sentenced to death by way of rashta, a large wolf like beast with seven tentacles on it's back. Rasi escapes and learns of the ill fate brought down on his pregnant wife, and swears the corrupt King Elijah will pay with his life. Rasi hides in the forest and lives out life there waiting... Eight years later Rasi saves Princess Alina when her and her fiance are in the woods to late. Grateful and finding a friend, Princess Alina visits Rasi through the years, and through these visits Princess Alina and Rasi fall in love. Then a blood thirsty people come by sea looking to kill and take all the black blood in the ground from Epertase for their machinery. At the same time the signs are appearing that The Light has chosen to pass soon, from King Elijah to Princess Alina, and someone is desperate to take advantage of the weak moment when The Light can be stolen.

    This sounds like a lot going on in this book. And there are but it all flows together nicely. We meet the main characters in the beginning and take a quick journey with them through the tough parts of their lives as they come in contact with each other. This span of 12 years happens quickly in the beginning, setting up the characters to where we need them to be and how they all met and react to each other. When Alina is captured we start to learn about the contact with this blood thirsty mechanical race of people determined to kill off the current residents of Eperase and take it for themselves.

    The chapters are shorter ones, so they are easy to read a quick section when you are on the go or can read for five minutes.

    To me we have the feel of the classic fantasy feel along with a few new twists to the abilities present in the characters. I enjoyed this one for that feel. I like my fantasy and the different takes on the characters and creatures present. The abilities coming together in a group:
    mind speak which is present in one very special person, people with a liquid metal on their skin that can be hard metal when hit, people who use machinery and oil in a time where horses are still used, creatures are dangerous and deadly large and new ones to us including the ones on Rasi's back, a touch of magic force, and we have our rising magician here too

    As you read through the book you realize there are a few Legends coming to shine at the surface and they are nothing like the pretty boys you may think of. They are tough and ugly. But even as mean as they can be, they have the biggest hearts for their home and the ones they love. I have to say when I saw that cover I was really curious what kind of people I would be meeting here. But quickly in the beginning I learned of Rasi and those tentacles on his back. I found I enjoyed learning about him.

    We get to see through different views and different sides in this book. Though most of it is focused around a few characters we do get to see the opposing side from time to time. With war laying on the outskirts of Epertase we are anxious to get the Princess's kidnapping resolved in time for the war we are sliding into.

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  • Posted August 10, 2011

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    Action-packed fantasy - great debut!

    By virtue of being in the wrong place at the wrong time, skilled warrior Rasi finds himself accused of crimes he didn't commit. It soon becomes clear that he can remain neither in Thasula, nor in the service of its King, Elijah. Personal tragedy overwhelms him and as his life is now forfeit, he is forced to retreat high into the mountains with only his loyal steed, Salient, for company. Yet even when faced with seemingly insurmountable foes, even when hunted by his former comrades, Rasi remains committed to the country of his birth. Against all the odds he finds companionship where he least expected it, and even a fledgling love, yet such things must remain unresolved while enemies threaten Epertasian lives. Suddenly, the people need his skills once again and so, aided by mercenaries and with the backing of Epertase's new Queen, Alina, Rasi finds himself at the head of an army, once more pitted against a terrible foe. Legends Reborn is an action-driven novel, full of gritty conflict and hard-fought battles. The characters are varied and well-drawn; their relationships complex. The setting is an unconventional mix of fantasy and reality, magical powers and technology, while the dialogue is forthright. The author pulls no punches - this novel grabs you by the arm. And while there is closure of a kind at the end, there is plenty of potential for the next two novels in the series. I await Book Two with great interest.

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  • Posted August 3, 2011

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    Fun Epic Fantasy With A Twist!

    Since the beginning of time in Epertase, the Light has determined when the throne should be passed on. It hasn't been challenged for over a thousand years. Now as an army advances towards Epertase, the Light decides that King Elijah is no longer fit to rule and that his daughter is the kingdom's only hope for salvation. Things look dim when she is abducted by evil men but little do they know that Rasi, her secret lover from the outer mountains is willing to do anything to save her. While they prepare for her sacrifice in an effort to steal the Light, Rasi prepares for blood and the future of Epertase hangs in the balance. In The Light of Epertase: Legends Reborn, Douglas Brown takes a common literary archetype and makes it his own. He accomplishes this through creation of a world that is a mix of fantasy, a hint of contemporary and even a little steampunk mixed in. When you start out, Epertase seems like just your ordinary medieval kingdom but the author gives us some hints that things aren't what they seem, especially when the Tek army comes into play with their guns, mechs and suits that run on "black blood". The only weapons Epertase has to fight back with are swords, arrows, some magic and siege weapons, which makes you wonder just how they're going to overcome this threat. Douglas tells this story with a gritty writing voice that isn't for everyone but I had no problem with it at all. I felt sometimes it helped me get into the mindset of the characters. The storyline sweeps you up from the beginning and the fact that he didn't start in medias res let us see the characters grow and I grew to love them and the story the more I read. If you're looking for a fun epic fantasy that's not run of the mill, give The Light of Epertase: Legends Reborn a try. Thank you to Rhemalda Publishing for providing an ARC copy. It in no way influenced my review.

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Hero's Quest!

    Light of Epertase, Legends Reborn, is the imaginative introduction set in a world of Epertase, a world of breadth and depth that is shared no less so by the characters that inhabit it.
    At the heart of it, Douglas Brown weaves the classic story of the Hero's Quest.
    Alone, but for the symbiotic tentacles that have claimed him, a warrior, Rasi, rises against all adversity to save the world and the woman he loves. But even that is not without its loss, and so the stage is set for the rest of what I'm sure will be a compelling series.
    Douglas Brown is a wonderful storyteller.

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  • Posted July 6, 2011

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    Join the bandwagon

    The Light of Epertase Review By: Ashley L. Knight, author of Fins & Fathom I've been reading a lot of fantasy fiction written by ladies as of late. Imagine my surprise & eagerness to dig into a 371 page book written by a man! What a shift in the winds it was... An engaging tale filled with the unknown, the unexpected, and the otherworld. This book has it all: life, death, love, hate, good, evil, violence, kindness, magic, science, need I continue? I find it difficult to believe that this is Brown's first work as it is pulled together so artfully. One gets the sense that each of Brown's work will surpass the next - gathering strength & stunning his readers just like the Light of Epertase. Indeed, this young author is one to keep your sights on, especially if you are in love with fantasy fiction. I look forward to book two in this trilogy - A Kingdom's Fall - being released in 2012. No, I don't look forward to it; I'm gripping the edge of my seat so I don't fall off! Hurry up & get on the bandwagon with the rest of us & read this spellbinding tale!

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    This action-packed military fantasy is a strong tale that hooks the audience from the onset

    In Matthew 1012, Epertase warrior Rasi is filled with regret and sorrow for the atrocities he committed under the guise of war though he tries to rationalize he was only following orders of his commander Prince Elijah. Epertase desperately conceals from his pregnant wife his despair and guilt he feels from his combat experience.

    Rasi joins a celebration honoring Prince Elijah as the Light of Epertase shines on him. When he feels he can properly leave the coronation, Rasi heads home. He intercedes in an attempted rape but the hooligans kill the women. Authorities blame Rasi for the homicide and cut out his tongue and dump him into a pit to fight the rashta; shockingly he kills the beast. However the tentacles from the rashta discharge into his back. Over the next seven years he hides in the shadows until five years ago a woman began traveling with him.

    The Teks invade Epertase and Lithia to take the oil they need to run their machines. Their superior firepower leads to many massacres. Although few know it in beleaguered Epertase, Rasi is the only hope but that is contingent on Princess Alina replacing her corrupt father King Elijah on the throne. Others prefer sacrificing the royal daughter to the Light of Epertase.

    This action-packed military fantasy is a strong tale that hooks the audience from the onset and never loosens that grip until the final confrontation. The Epertase world is established on solid footing in the first few chapters; once the foundation is anchored, the story line turns into an extremely fast-paced read. Though the plot goes down the path readers will expect Douglas R. Brown provides an entertaining gripping thriller that is difficult to put down.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    You won't regret it.

    Douglas Brown's debut novel, Legends Reborn, is also the first in The Light of Epertase saga. It follows the trials and triumphs of a banished warrior, Rasi, and the woman he secretly loves, one Princess Alina. Their journey, as well as the... tales of the remaining cast, is woven by the hand of master. For any novel, it is an incredible story. For a debut, absolutely stunning. Legends Reborn sweeps you up into an enchanting and refreshing world (just wait until you meet the "straps") right from the opening pages. Brown knows how to craft a story and leave you starved for more. I invite you with my highest recommendation to plunge into the pages of a great start to a promising series. You won't regret it. ~Michelle Izmaylov, author of /The Galacteran Legacy: Galaxy Watch/

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