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Length: 440 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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About the Author

D.T. Conklin is a writer, and he uses words. Some days, he likes to think he uses them well. Other days, he cries. The poor guy loves fantasy, and he’s rigorously dreamed of being published, recommended, and perhaps even worshipped. He’d also be very content to clean Patrick Rothfuss’s shoes. Lofty goals. Maybe.

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  • File Size: 2332 KB
  • Print Length: 440 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (March 8, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 8, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IWHWMC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #998,414 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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D.T. Conklin is a writer, and he uses words. Some days, he likes to think he uses them well. Other days, he cries.

The poor guy loves fantasy, and he's rigorously dreamed of being published, recommended, and perhaps even worshipped. He'd also be very content to clean Patrick Rothfuss's shoes. Lofty goals. Maybe.

Visit his website at www.dtconklin.com, or his publisher at www.evolvedpub.com. He's also on facebook at facebook.com/daniel.conklin3 and twitter @dtconklin. Become a minion, and he can raise his minion count to 17. He'd like that.

Until August 12th, 2012, he's running a giveaway at Goodreads.com for an incredibly rare copy of his book, Eulogy. Leather-bound by the good folks at Old Leather Books, it's one of twelve in existence. Enter to win at:

http://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/22489?utm_medium=api&utm_source=giveaway_widget

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Conklin manages to write a book that is at once recognizable as fantasy but at the same time wholly his own. There are the escapists conventions: swords, battles, beautiful women, and magic, but it's this last one, magic, where the genre is subverted in the best way possible. In the world of Eulogy, the system of magic is reality-bending, and as such functions on a philosophical and psychological level, posing existential questions while swords flash in the foreground. I don't want to scare away readers who are in it for the adventure. There is always that, too, from personal quests to wars that sweep across the whole landscape. I just want to point out that there is something beyond the surface, and for readers like myself, who come to the fantasy genre only rarely, it's pleasant to find a book that successfully explores the deeper side of things while remaining thoroughly entertaining.
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Fans of Robert Jordan will see that Conklin's writing style bears marked similarities. At times, the writing evokes the ghosts of great authors like Brandon Sanderson, Terry Brooks, and Even Stephen King. Yes, when you see the situations Ark is faced with and the horrible twisted things he is forced to do, choices he is forced to make - you cannot help but wonder if a little of the horror King's specter hangs over Conklin's shoulder as he writes. Blending realism, brutal no-win situations, triumphs, and deep character relationships in a way that makes this fantasy tale a true epic adventure is part of Conklin's unique storytelling that keeps the pages turning.

Conklin has written one of those books that gets in to your brain and whispers to you anytime you aren't reading it. The adventure is very much your own for with his characters, Conklin draws from the reader the magic they didn't realize they were bringing with them. Like most stories the overarching battle is good against evil, the characters each must face the darkness and demons that lie inside the soul of anyone who loves, hates, strives, and suffers. Some win. Some lose.

Eulogy is a journey with many roads that wind along all moving in the same direction and yet not toward the same goal. The roads intersect at times before blending together in to one truly remarkable adventure.
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Sometimes, you find a book that you know--just know--you have to finish. You know it after the first page. After the first question is asked. At times, after the first sentence is read. Because the ending taunts you with its secrets. The story tightens like a net around you. When you find Eulogy, you'll know it's such a book.

The cover draws you in. When I first saw it, it brought horror to my mind more than fantasy, but in retrospect, it's appropriate. This isn't a clear cut tale of good against evil. There's real characters here, with darkness in their hearts, demons clawing at their souls.

There's a mad king, a guard, a spitfire. There's others too. With such a vast cast of characters, it's remarkable that I found something to like in each of them. And in a few, something to love.

Irreor Ark lies at the center of the tale. He's the guard, the nice guy, forced to fight for the ones he loves. At the beginning, some may call him the farm-boy. Reminiscent of Luke Skywalker and Rand Al'Thor, he starts out the Archetypical Hero. But, oh, how he changes. The overwhelming circumstances Irreor is put in, the horrible, twisted things he is made to do, made me feel sorry for him. They made me care for him.

I loved Irreor. Rooted for him throughout the entire book--so important in such a long book. And yet, Conklin did something near impossible. He made me love another character even more.

Kipra. The spitfire. The perfect blend of fire and ice.

Her sister followed in their mother's footsteps. And their mother was a whore. But Kipra is different. She will not be used. Right from the start, she's a complex character, and I loved picking away at her thoughts. See, Conklin throws you into a character's head, submerges you in their personality.
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Format: Kindle Edition
"Eulogy" is a standalone horror/fantasy work by author D.T. Conklin This Kindle e-book was a 1246 Kb download (428 pages) and was priced at $0.99 at the time of writing this review.

<spoilers> general theme...no specific details revealed

This is a convoluted story of powerful magic that allows it users to do incredible feats (like create life), however, it also imparts on them an increasing madness. This story follows two leaders who are diametrically opposed to each other. The problem is that both are becoming increasingly mentally unstable. This then is a story of their increasing insanity and how it affects a normally quiet, tranquil island.

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Some thought on "Eulogy"...

The Pros:
1.) interesting premise for the plot featuring both some intriguing fantasy as well as some truly bizarre scenes of revolting horror.

2.a) several well described individual conflicts and mutli-participant battles.
2.b) many unexpected twist and turns... many things are not as they seem in this unusual novel.

3.) main characters can be injured or killed. An important factor in my sense of believability for a story.

4.) a beautifully detailed and colored map. Expandable (and still legible) on the Kindle Fire.

5.) cover art...one of the most intriguing covers I've ever seen. It has an eerie and spooky quality to it. A cover that tends to 'follow' you around! Very unique.

The Cons:

1.) a difficult, laborious read... a real labor of love to finish.

2.a) the two main characters (a leader on each of the opposing sides) became increasingly insane.
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