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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.


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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?

Product Details

  • File Size: 553 KB
  • Print Length: 387 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456500597
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00515BM9W
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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
Format:Paperback
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Fezariu's Epiphany is one of those books that, as intrigued as I was by the set-up, I had a hard time getting into. The first few chapters left me with a serious sense of deja-vu, as if I'd read the same story before. It wasn't only the story itself that seemed familiar, but the way in which it was told.

If the first third disappointed me, however, the second third definitely renewed my interest, while the final third delighted me in the way it progressed. This is, largely, a dark and sombre tale, full of mistakes, misinterpretations, and misguided actions. There were times when I sighed and thought "I knew that was going to happen" but, at the same time, I couldn't fault the characters. They were true to themselves, and they (particularly Fezariu) surprised me.

While definitely a fantasy novel, this is a very realistic story about men and women, lovers and prostitutes, and mercenaries and bakers. It takes some novel turns, and it hints at what I suspect is a much larger story still to be told. The ending was both unexpected and taken for granted, precisely what I wanted to see happen, but which I didn't really expect to have come about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lose yourself in the world of Elenchera January 1, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the story of Fezariu, a young man born to a prostitute - who believes his mother died when he was 12. When his beloved stepfather is killed, he finds out that his mother is still alive and working in a famous brothel. After her rejection of him he goes and joins the Merelax Mercenaries. He rises through the ranks until he takes an assignment that brings him back to his old home town. There he takes stock of his life and finds out the truth about why his mother rejected him. on learning this he decides to exact a terrible revenge.

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.
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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
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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)

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars [...]rich with details and poignant emotion
Fezariu's Epiphany was an excellent read. The world created by David Brown is rich with details and poignant emotion. Read more
Published on March 22, 2012 by Dreamer2229
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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 Hons 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 and A World Apart, and the in-progress Ansel's Remorse and The Stars Beneath the Parapets combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten. David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

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