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Eulogy [Kindle Edition]

D.T. Conklin , Lane Diamond
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Eulogy by D.T. Conklin

Evolved Publishing presents a dark, epic fantasy unlike any other you've read. [DRM-Free]

Praise for Eulogy:

"Conklin writes with a poet’s flair, using minimal words to deliver maximum dramatic impact. Visceral, shocking, and deeply imaginative, Eulogy pushes to the edge . . . and then dives right over it. An unapologetic, no-holds-barred descent into madness—yet there is method in it. Readers with the fortitude to take the plunge stand to be rewarded with what may go down as one of the most ambitious, redefining forays into epic fantasy of all time." - Eldon Thompson, author of "The Divine Talisman"

Discover a World Unlike Any Other

'They’ll stand amongst the corpses of the beloved.' That’s what he said at the end. I never considered myself one of the beloved. Not at the beginning. At that time, I was simply a terrified woman. Now… now I understand. Maybe I wish I didn’t.

Void take me, this is so demon-damned hard.

In the beginning he loved me. Irony, it twists and twirls like a lover’s song, but this is hardly a lover’s tale. It's one of blades and blood. I wish I could’ve seen it sooner, but that would’ve been too easy. I wouldn’t have learned to truly love him.

Through the years, Irreor had trained Kipra, taught her everything his father taught him, and she was nearly as skilled as he with a blade. Yet there was more to it than that. She was a fingertip to a parted lip—silence that should’ve been said, yet words never spoken.

He cared for her. Deeper than the deepest pool, he cared for her. Yet she’d never let him say it.

And so he’d held his tongue.

More Praise for Eulogy:

"Some epic fantasies are straightforward tales of magic and adventure, where a band of heroes fights and defeats an evil overlord. 'Eulogy' is not such a tale. Conklin's book overflows with magic and adventure, but the book is a puzzle -- a maze of secrets and wonders, implications and hidden meanings. A treat for readers who love a challenge!" - Tom Crosshill, Nebula-nominated author

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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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1550 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1st edition (March 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #723,908 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thoughtful, poetic, entertaining May 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that takes you on a personal journey March 25, 2012
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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books of the Year March 17, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art April 2, 2012
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There are very few books that have had such a deep resonance with with me. It is only the second book in my life to make me cry. Whether it is the story of two mad brothers who wanted to feel love; the story of three friends defending themselves and the city they love against a war where they they are out numbered, or whether it is a tale of the human condition that happiness is the most poignant when juxtaposed with sorrow doesn't really matter. It is all of these. Irreor Ark is the protagonist, a young man with incredible skill with a sword. His loyalty to his friends Bran and Kipra is almost devote. Bran is a blacksmith, and like a mountain is big, wise and peaceful. Kipra is a tornado, but is filled with rage and hate for a mother and a sister who chose the oldest profession to garner power over men. Underneathe that, she has a soft spot for Ark who trains Bran and Kipra to use swords and daggers in self defense.

The characters are all forced to change as war confronts them - there is a prophecy at work here, and the prophets children, Fier and Villien want to stop their father from his insane plans. Villien, like Kipra, is filled with hate for her parent, but to the n-th degree. Fier is more philosophical. They both want to see their father again - Villien just wants to kill him as well.

By the time war hits Ark's city all bets are off. Grief, loss, kidnapping, insanity and loyalty all play a roll as the world spins every which way. The resulting action makes the title meaningful in a way in which I would not have guessed. The eulogy itself was so moving when you know what it means (they start the book with it, but it makes little sense), that I can feel myself getting sad even now. What higher praise can I give a book than that. It is a work of art.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars WOW - I don't know what to say ....
I just finished this book and I'm in awe. I thought it had a very slow beginning, but my oh my,once it picks up the pace anything and everything you do not expect seems to appear. Read more
Published on February 5, 2013 by Noelle L. Lew
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting feel and tone
I haven't finished this book yet, I felt like sharing my thoughts on it. It has good and bad points ( like anything.)
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I like the writing style and tone. Read more
Published on September 28, 2012 by Ben Roberts
4.0 out of 5 stars Madness
Oh the madness of it all. This was not an easy read. It is full of madness and trials and gore. Ark remined me somewhat of a Byronic Hero. Read more
Published on June 5, 2012 by D. Martinez
3.0 out of 5 stars Reader Beware-Warped
This book is warped, warped, warped, and warped. Not for the weak of stomach. I cried all through the last 6%. <spoiler> The Mad King ate a human brain. Read more
Published on May 6, 2012 by Carlee
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
This is the kind of book where everything comes together at the end in a way, that when you have finished, you close the book and say WOW. Read more
Published on May 1, 2012 by TinyTimeBomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Like climbing into a cannon....
In all fairness, this book had a few things working against it from the jump, that had nothing to do with the Author or the writing.

1. I'm not a huge fantasy fan. Read more
Published on April 30, 2012 by Brian Panowich
2.0 out of 5 stars Not Impressed!
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my review. This was a difficult read for me; lots of confusion and "I'm lost" moments. Read more
Published on April 25, 2012 by skhoov
2.0 out of 5 stars "Eulogy"...such great potential, but ultimately a difficult,...
"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. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by R. Nicholson
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense and Adddictive!
Buyer Beware: If you read to relax, this is not the book for you. Eulogy draws you into its fantasy and won't let you go. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Jessica Goode
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More 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.

Visit his website at, or his publisher at He's also on facebook at 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 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:

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