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Eulogy [Kindle Edition]

D.T. Conklin
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Evolved Publishing presents the Epic Fantasy, Eulogy:

'They'll stand amongst the corpses of the beloved.' That's what he said at the end, though I never considered myself one of the beloved, not at the beginning. I was simply a terrified woman then, but 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 love him.

"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

"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: 1043 KB
  • Print Length: 442 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 061560885X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC (March 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007IWHWMC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,109 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A story that takes you on a personal journey March 25, 2012
Format:Paperback
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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7 of 9 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 Interesting Read that draws you in March 8, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I had started reading this book a little unsure because I have never read this type of genre before. Within the first few pages of the book and reading of the relationship between the characters, I instantly became hooked because I had to find out exactly what the characters were talking about and exactly what happened to them after this point. The author did a fantastic job detailing every aspect of the characters and made me as a reader fall in love with the characters. This book was an easy read that will definitely keep you wanting more! Hard to put the book down!! I hope to see more from this author and hope this may even become a series!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inner Demons March 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
The book captures the way the inner demons and past of it's characters can influence and corrupt a person better than any book I have read in years. During the process the author does a good job of giving clues of the characters' many secrets without giving away these secrets until the perfect time. If you are looking for something new and surprising within the fantasy genre this book is a must have.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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.

<end spoilers>

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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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 17 months ago 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.)
Good points.
I like the writing style and tone. Read more
Published 22 months ago 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A work of art
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. Read more
Published on April 2, 2012 by Melinda
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 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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