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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936850109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936850105
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,472,441 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Douglas R. Brown is a fantasy writer who lives in Pataskala, Ohio. He began writing more than five years ago as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter and paramedic for the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy, where he draws on his lifelong love of the genre.

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Douglas R. Brown is a fantasy and horror writer living in Pataskala, Ohio. He began writing as a cathartic way of dealing with the day-to-day stresses of life as a firefighter/paramedic for the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire. Now he focuses his writing on fantasy and horror where he can draw from his lifelong love of the genres. He has been married for 17 years and has a son and two dogs.

Customer Reviews

The story: It was fun to read with interesting characters and an ever-evolving cast.
Luke
With these simple words, the author, Douglas R. Brown, draws us into the story, shows us this is a world we've never seen before and immerses us in it.
K. Sozaeva
I look forward to book two in this trilogy - A Kingdom's Fall - being released in 2012.
Ashley L. Knight

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By brienneselwyn on August 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
My Expectations

I expected an epic fantasy story revolving around Princess Alina and Rasi including love, misunderstandings, problems with parents and society embedded in a brutal war. So nothing really new under the sun. In this case it depended all on the execution. The cover shows a warrior with a back that looks like an octopus - an interesting element which intrigued me more than the blurb.

Theme(s)

As far as I could identify The Light of Epertase houses several themes. Some of them are more obvious than others.

First and foremost Douglas R. Brown wants to entertain without a wagging finger and a moral sermon. That is done in a clever way which let the reader easily forget the omnipresent story of two lovers not accepted by their surrounding, the never aging story of David versus Goliath, the endless craving for power and the more psychological question of how do human beings react under extraordinary circumstances. The most obvious theme is the title of the series itself: Legends Reborn.

Dear me! That sounds highfalutin.

Let me say it more simple. There is a love story. There is a brutal war. There are people who do everything to gain their power. There are extraordinary beings in extreme situations. That means we face familiar themes which are intertwined in a clever way. One can't exist without the other. All that is subject of The Light of Epertase. I know, I know, I know it is nothing new but what counts is the execution.

Setting

Epertase is the continent of a fantasy world which shows familiarities with our world. The towns and hamlets reminded me of medieval Europe. It is good to have a map in order to identify the geological formations which play an important role for battle strategies.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By CSavvy on July 26, 2012
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Don't interpret my two star review to mean that this book was bad. It really wasn't bad - it was really okay. It just wasn't my cup of tea.

When I read a book, especially a fantasy, I want to feel completely absorbed in the world. I want to close my eyes and be able to picture the characters, the settings, the clothing, the creatures - anything and everything. That's not Mr. Brown's writing style, though. His writing is concise, in a way that he explains what's happening, and leaves you to work out the rest with your own imagination. I'd say the one exception to that is when there is some sort of fight or battle, which is the only time I really felt that I got any of the details that I was starving for.

Even if you don't care about imagery, though, there were other things that just felt flat to me. Like, for example, character motivations. A lot of times, it just seemed like a character was going from point A to point B, with no explanation of the journey in between. On one page a character might be devastated about something, and then three pages later they might be in contented bliss. Maybe I can understand the essence of the *why* (perhaps a lot of time has passed in those few pages, for example), but I'm the kind of reader that wants to take the journey from point A to point B *with* my characters.

As for the story, it's hard for me to say whether anything was either good or bad - the plot, the characters, what have you - because I just felt so completely detached from everything and everyone. Without being absorbed into the story in the way that I like to be, based on my own reading preferences (as described above), I felt like I was just emotionlessly observing the events as they happened on the page.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on August 2, 2011
Format: Paperback
In Matthew 1012, Epertase warrior Rasi is filled with regret and sorrow for the atrocities he committed under the guise of war though he tries to rationalize he was only following orders of his commander Prince Elijah. Epertase desperately conceals from his pregnant wife his despair and guilt he feels from his combat experience.

Rasi joins a celebration honoring Prince Elijah as the Light of Epertase shines on him. When he feels he can properly leave the coronation, Rasi heads home. He intercedes in an attempted rape but the hooligans kill the women. Authorities blame Rasi for the homicide and cut out his tongue and dump him into a pit to fight the rashta; shockingly he kills the beast. However the tentacles from the rashta discharge into his back. Over the next seven years he hides in the shadows until five years ago a woman began traveling with him.

The Teks invade Epertase and Lithia to take the oil they need to run their machines. Their superior firepower leads to many massacres. Although few know it in beleaguered Epertase, Rasi is the only hope but that is contingent on Princess Alina replacing her corrupt father King Elijah on the throne. Others prefer sacrificing the royal daughter to the Light of Epertase.

This action-packed military fantasy is a strong tale that hooks the audience from the onset and never loosens that grip until the final confrontation. The Epertase world is established on solid footing in the first few chapters; once the foundation is anchored, the story line turns into an extremely fast-paced read. Though the plot goes down the path readers will expect Douglas R. Brown provides an entertaining gripping thriller that is difficult to put down.

Harriet Klausner
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