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Fezariu's Epiphany Paperback – April 11, 2012
"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
From the Back Cover
More About the Author
Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu's Epiphany (2011), A World Apart (2012) and Ansel's Remorse (2015) combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten.
Away from the welcome escapism of fantasy, David is also the joint owner of six cats whose years of owning him have resulted in Man vs Cat (2012), The Bleaklisted Books (2014) and More Bleaklisted Books (2015) - all collaborations with his wife, Donna Brown.
Donna is also the author of Double-take Tales (2011), Losing Heart (2014), Tuning In (2014) and Playing House (2015).
Top Customer Reviews
It kicks off somewhat slow, with a richly put together `historical tour' of the world, then introduces the characters gently, in a paced but charming manner. I'd say the pace picks up later, giving the story a lead-in/lead-out sort of feeling, making me remember those tales on vinyl I used to listen to when I was a child. There was a distinctive sound they made, just before the words started and right after all of them had been uttered, a soft, gentle warning. Well, reading Fezariu's Epiphany I had that same feeling, as if that rich sound that I deeply loved had both introduced me to the tale, and helped me part with it when it was over.
I felt a surprisingly intense connection to some of the characters; I tend to like/dislike, (or crush upon *rolls eyes*) more then actually care about characters, but in this case, Jessamine and Alycea got glued to my heart somehow and they refused to be parted from it. Fezariu was harder for me to connect with, I'm not sure why; I was very much so interested in what happened to and with him, but more for someone else's benefit (like his mother's, for instance) then for his own, I'm not sure why.
I really liked the structure of the novel, the way the prologue and epilogue hugged it all together, the way the plot line was followed, the pace, everything about it. The world created by David M. Brown is nothing short of fascinating, in a fairytale like sort of way, but at the same time giving you the distinct sensation it's all quite real.Read more ›
Now, before people that know me scream at me - yes, I know I've said before that I'm not a fan of most fantasy novels as they are crowded with flowery words that take away from the plot. Well, David doesn't do that - and if he did, the plot itself was so amazing, I didn't notice!
Fezariu's life is affected by the White Oak, a famous brothel in Clarendon - indirectly. As a small boy, he decides he's cursed - after his mother's disappearance and his step-father's death. He runs away to the Meralax Mercenaries before anyone else he cares about gets hurt. He devotes himself completely to the mercenaries, throwing himself into the dangerous missions without hesitation. Fezariu just wanted to forget his past - and be rid of his curse. But he couldn't risk ever being close to anyone.Read more ›
I started this with a little trepidation as I am not a gigantic fan of fantasy novels. I am so glad I did though - I was sucked in straight away. It wasn't overly 'fantastical' but there were enough different races and worlds, all beautifully described, to keep me interested. I had no trouble picturing any of the descriptions. Poor Fezariu has seen so much sadness in his short life that he thinks a mercenary life is best for him as he cannot get close to anyone there. he does however become friends with three other recruits. The story is told mostly from Fezariu's point of view but occasionally changes as the story dictates, for example at his birth and in his letters to his stepsister. This was a good idea as it kept the story fresh. The ending was fantastic, and I had a tear in my eye.
I have nothing but praise for this, and I hope the author has more to come.
Fezariu's Epiphany is a great read. It has many surprises. The author, David M. Brown, has thoughtfully crafted a many tiered adventure exploring in a compelling, and often nail-biting manner, questions of family legacy, life direction, morality and destiny. Each character in Fezariu's Epiphany plays an important role in helping Fezariu find his way, sometimes as a warrior (there are some great battle scenes), and sometimes as a friend. In the end Fezariu discovers that these relationships are where his loyalty ultimately rests and that they are the key to slaying the difficult emotions from his past.
I highly recommend this book and eagerly await the next in the series. My favorite character is Tessera!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I didn't like this book enough to finish it. For some reason, it was a struggle to read, and understand. For me, this book just didn't do it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Teufel Hund
Fezariu feels that he is the bad luck charm for everything that goes wrong in life. He blames himself for the fate of others and therefore decides to escape the ones he loves and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Robbie Cox
This is the second book I've read of the Elencheran Chronicles. I really liked A World Apart (The Elencheran Chronicles) and was happy to find out that the books are stand alone so... Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Coral Russell
(4.5 Star TOP PICK review written for Night Owl Reviews by Talina Perkins)
A well written and precisely delivered fantasy novel! Read more
From the moment of conception, it seems as if life was out to get Fezariu. Starting with a mother who abandons a life of prostitution to bear her son, his life leads to one loss... Read morePublished on May 25, 2012 by LAS Reviewer
In this dark fantasy novel, tells the tale of a young man, Fezariu, whose mother was a prostitute. Until the age of twelve he believed that his mother was dead, when actually she... Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy)
I enjoyed this book, although it was slow at times, it did pick up and showed more depth to the characters than I expected in the beginning. Read morePublished on April 26, 2012 by Shaz 101
I haven't finished reading this yet because the writing is so awkward and clunky I can't bear it. I also get the feeling that the story itself, especially where feelings are... Read morePublished on April 1, 2012 by Rachel
Set in the carefully constructed medieval world of Elenchera, David M. Brown's Fezariu's Epiphany is an epic-length fantasy telling the story of a young man growing up in search of... Read morePublished on March 31, 2012 by Sheila Deeth