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Fezariu's Epiphany (The Elencheran Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

David M. Brown
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Book Description

12-year-old Fezariu thought his mother died when he was little, but when his beloved stepfather dies the boy discovers she is alive and well - and working at the most famous brothel in all of Elenchera. When she cruelly rejects him it's more than he can bear, and he runs away to join a band of ruthless soldiers for hire. The Merelax Mercenaries will fight for anyone who can pay them, no matter the justice of the cause.

Fezariu grows up among the soldiers and becomes one of them. He thinks his time with the mercenaries has hardened him. But a campaign in his old home town pushes him too far, and he discovers what really happened to his mother. Maybe there are some things money shouldn't buy... and maybe it's time Fezariu took his revenge.

Editorial Reviews


There are many plot twists and turns in this masterfully written book chronicling the life of a mercenary named Fezariu. Fezariu's Epiphany is a fantasy work on a grand scale in which you enter an imaginatively drawn world filled with many lands and spanning great periods of time.
   Jason Sullivan - Different Outcomes and author of The Dark Yergall

When a reader that normally does not like fantasy novels set in world with unknown names falls in love with a book from that genre, then you know the author did a spectacular job of bringing their story to life for all to enjoy. I am that reader that does not normally like fantasy novels and for one to have me sit down and read it from cover to cover says a lot about the book and the author. I highly recommend this book to readers of all genres. 
   Talina Perkins - Bookin' It Reviews/Night Owl Reviews
   Night Owl Reviews "Top pick"

Jessamine is the saddest character in the book and her self sacrificing behavior is as misguided as it is laudable. You can almost smell the filth and corruption that permeates Clarendon, a true cesspool of a city. This is a story of how a boy grows into being a man and accepting his faults and redeeming his failures. I recommend it.
   William Bentrim - Azure Dwarf and author of The Adventures of Hardy Belch

From the Back Cover

What if the demons you're fleeing are the ones you carry with you?

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  • Print Length: 387 pages
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  • Language: English
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A quite rich treat July 31, 2011
Fezariu's Epiphany is supposed to be fantasy; I'm saying "it's supposed to be" because while reading it, it doesn't really feel like anything else but true-story, if from older times perhaps.
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Fell In Love! August 1, 2011
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I must say, I fell in love with this book. At first, I wondered why the book started before the hero of the story was even born, in his Mother's POV, but as I continued to read I realized that without those first few chapters from the Mother, I don't think I would've felt as connected with her or Fezariu. David handled the passage of time rather well as we follow Fezariu's life as he grows up. Through the use of letters the hero writes to his childhood friend, we get a full few of what is happening to him without the scenes dragging on. It was a unique feature that I don't see often - and even then it's usually not done well. David, pulled it off perfectly! Also, I feel that having the passage of time expressed in the form of letters from Fezariu, allowed me to connect with his friend - her loss, her missing him, etc. It was great to be able to connect emotionally with so many characters in this book, instead of just the hero.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy At Its Best! August 26, 2011
There are many plot twists and turns in this masterfully written book chronicling the life of a mercenary named Fezariu. Fezariu's Epiphany is a fantasy work on a grand scale in which you enter an imaginatively drawn world filled with many lands and spanning great periods of time. Within this landscape, Fezariu becomes a mercenary to try to escape the painful contingencies of his birth. As he forges ahead, gaining glory as a mercenary, he begins to realize that putting together the pieces of his past is the most difficult and important battle he will ever face.

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!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay start to a potentially great series September 12, 2011
Fezariu's Epiphany is an emotional story centering on a young man named Fezariu. The tragedy that follows him throughout his life seemed realistic to me and it was the tragedy that he went through as a child that made me invested in his character. Because of his origins and his early life, I desperately wanted something good for him. However, while I was interested in Fezariu's story, I did have some problems getting into the story.

Brown's style is much more wordy than I prefer, and his characters' dialogue is quite flowery and formal. I like writing to be concise and efficient, so this did get in the way of my enjoyment, but it is a personal preference and many others might not be bothered by it.

I would have liked more character development. It was hard for me to relate to these characters, because they were kind of flat. Each character was as s/he seemed to be; there were no shades of grey, and at no point did any of the characters surprise me. The good people were good, the corrupt people were corrupt. I also would have liked to see Vincent even darker than he was portrayed. Everyone was afraid of him, and I didn't really see the menace he was supposed to represent, which brings me to my next point.

We never see much of anything. We're told a lot, but there aren't any scenes to allow us to make up our own minds about the characters. I would have liked to see Vincent do something evil, like kill someone just to make an extra gold piece. Then, I might understand the other characters' reactions to him. The same goes for the other characters, though. We're told that Fezariu and his friends are excellent mercenaries, but I never got to see them fight or compete against the other mercenaries to compare their talents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I didn't like it enough to finish it
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 more
Published 5 months ago by Teufel Hund
4.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read.
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 more
Published 7 months ago by Robbie Cox
3.0 out of 5 stars Not just for fantasy fans
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 more
Published on August 23, 2012 by Coral Russell
4.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Star Top Pick Fantasy!
(4.5 Star TOP PICK review written for Night Owl Reviews by Talina Perkins)

A well written and precisely delivered fantasy novel! Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Talina
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Read
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 more
Published on May 25, 2012 by LAS Reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Fantasy
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 more
Published on May 22, 2012 by Coffee Addicted Writer's Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting read
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 more
Published on April 26, 2012 by Shaz 101
2.0 out of 5 stars Am I the only one who doesn't care for this book?
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 more
Published on April 1, 2012 by Rachel
3.0 out of 5 stars Epic world-bulding, classic story
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 more
Published on March 31, 2012 by Sheila Deeth
4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Entertainment
All the years of work Mr. Brown did in creating the world of Elenchera are clearly evident when you read this story. Read more
Published on March 23, 2012 by Anna Grace
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More About the Author

David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Honors in History and English, David's dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

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).


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