Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Review for “Fezariu’s Epiphany”

 Book Cover and Synopsis
Title: Fezariu’s Epiphany
Author: David M. Brown
Genre: Epic Fantasy
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.

Fezariu’s Epiphany was an excellent read.  The world created by David Brown is rich with details and poignant emotion.  The story is mainly is third person, but mainly focuses on Fezariu.  All the other people whose eyes you see through have a direct or indirect impact on the fate of Fezariu.  I enjoyed getting to know this world, which while futuristic was still fairly primitive.  It was very enjoyable.
All that said there were several things in the book that were difficult for me to follow or that were harder to believe that others.  I was also confused by the title, Fezariu’s Epiphany.  He never has an Epiphany.  He is told what should have been obvious to anyone by someone that loves him but he doesn’t love back.

Book Excerpt
“…Fezariu thought about his life:  his birth in Larchfield, his later childhood on the sleazy streets of Clarendon and finally his blossoming career in the Merelax Mercenaries.
Fezariu’s memories, so vivid in their poignancy and regret, played out smoothly in his mind and helped him to forget the frostbite that was now beginning to cripple is body.
Fezariu remembered his reason for becoming a mercenary in the first place, the same reason that had led him to this lonely place in the forest.  It had all started in the White Oak, a squalid brothel in Clarendon, and Fezariu’s sad fate had been down to one woman – a prostitute named Wild Jessamine.”

Author Bio
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 and the in-progress A World Apart, 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 traveling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

Important Links
The Elencheran Chronicles
The World According to Dave  

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for the taking the time to review the book and many thanks for your feedback :)