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More About the Author
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:
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
<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.
Some thought on "Eulogy"...
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on February 5, 2013 by N. Lew
I haven't finished this book yet, I felt like sharing my thoughts on it. It has good and bad points ( like anything.)
I like the writing style and tone. Read more
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 morePublished on June 5, 2012 by D. Martinez
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 morePublished on May 6, 2012 by Carlee
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 morePublished on May 1, 2012 by TinyTimeBomb
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
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 morePublished on April 25, 2012 by skhoov
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 morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Meanwhile, Melinda