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Feast of Fates: A Novel of Geadhain (Four Feasts Till Darkness) (Volume 1) Paperback – July 28, 2014
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Christian A. Brown plays make-believe for a living. Cat-whisperer and occasionally charming--or ornery--eccentric.
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Feast of Fates is a veritable feast for the senses. i had so much pleasure reading this book and i took my time savoring it as much as i could. this dark literary fantasy went way beyond my expectations.
Christian A. Brown is an exceptional writer. he is a new author for me and i consider him among those who can write well and deliver a story with equal aplomb. his fertile imagination has created a spellbinding masterpiece of fiction.
the writing was perfection - from the wordbuilding to the world and the characters he has created. i saw a master wordsmith at work, comfortable with the nuances of the English language and he made good use of this ability to convey his narrative. poetry and prose blend at every turn of a phrase. details of Central Geadhain - its geography, denizens, flora and fauna including creatures benevolent and foul conjured vivid images in my mind as i read along.
from the get go, surprises are in store for the reader. as answers to questions and mysteries are slowly revealed, they only give way to more surprises and mysteries. this multi-layered approach worked well for me and i was drawn deeper into the story because of it.
i wanted to point out a few details about the plot and its characters but i hardly know where and how to begin. even if i did so, i feel that it would be denying other readers the pleasure of reading this book and discovering for themselves what it is all about. however, i will allow myself to say this though - there is magik, witchcraft, sword and sorcery, intrigue, mystery, romance, adventure and then some all rolled into one mesmerizing tale.
this novel of epic proportions is one of the best books i have read so far this year and Feast of Fates is only the first book in the Four Feasts Till Darkness series. i am almost done with the second book, Feast of Dreams. it is turning out to be as good as the first but that is another story.
The main conflict is pure epicness. Geadhain is ruled by two immortal kings who are brothers. When one of them is possessed by a malevolent entity he commits unspeakable atrocities, and his noble brother sets out with his armies to stop him. If he fails, his world will be plunged into ugliness and despair.
Within this larger story are the smaller, closer stories of the large cast of characters. Stories about family lost and regained, and about gratitude and redemption, and my favorite: the love story. The book begins with Morigan and the Wolf. Their love is sexy and strange and vibrant and helps them both be better than they were. Mr. Brown expertly puts you in their heads. You feel how they grow.
This is a great book. Highly recommended.
Her curiosity is further piqued when she meets to the boisterous blacksmith, Caenith. The things he says and does are unlike anyone or anything she’s come across. Deep inside, she yearns to know more about him, especially when he starts to unlock the latent abilities she holds within her.
A lovely start to this series, we meet the quiet, yet resilient Morigan, who is intent on existing within the world she lives. The cards life has dealt her haven’t been easy ones, but she’s made do with what she has. Being a handmaiden for Thackery Thule sometimes tests her limits, but she refuses to let him get underneath her skin.
Christian has created such a complex and diverse story that you truly find yourself envisioning the characters and the places they visit. While this is a romantic fantasy story, it also has elements of horror and literary fiction. The blend of genres doesn’t detract from the story itself either. It enhances it. At least, I think so, anyway.
I enjoyed the author’s unique way of storytelling. It sort of feels like the reader is being enticed with every word written the more the story progresses. It’s kind of like a romance, both with the characters and the words themselves. You can vividly imagine what happens throughout the story, and you don’t lose yourself every step of the way.
The chemistry between Morigan and Caenith is apparent from the moment they meet. That sets a precedent for what follows between them. Things might not be easy, but they’re willing to make a go of it at trying to set all wrongs to right. Whether they’ll achieve those very goals, however, remains to be seen.