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Fezariu's Epiphany (The Elencheran Chronicles)

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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 ca ...more
ebook, 350 pages
Published May 16th 2011 by David M. Brown (first published May 15th 2011)
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Jun 25, 2011 TC rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I'm quite picky about which fantasy books I choose to read but the synopsis for this book caught my attention and had me wondering about Fezariu's story.

Fezariu's childhood is marred by a series of deaths and upheavals, and he becomes convinced that he is the cause of these tragedies. Sadly for him childish misapprehensions cause him a lot of angst and completely change the course of his life. He sets his mind to becoming a mercenary, to gain respect and a replacement family. However he discover
Fezariu's Epiphany stunned me with its vivid characters and poignant moments. Although the book is almost 400 pages, the story feels much shorter because the characters are so enjoyable. This book is not plot-driven--it is character-driven--and I wanted to read more and more about these characters. I began this book late one evening, and I stayed up until 4:00 a.m. because I simply did not want to put this book down. I'm glad that this book develops Fezariu's back story so thoroughly, since it g ...more
Jul 13, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads, won
I'm still not sure why I entered this giveaway as this is not the kind of book I usually read but I'm glad I did. I found this really easy to read and I found myself reading 'just a few more' pages to find out more about Fezariu. I'll definitely look out for more books by this author and I'll be recommending this book to all my friends.
Nov 15, 2011 Heavensent1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fezariu's Epiphany is Book One in the Fantasy series, "The Elencheran Chronicles".

The story begins as a young man lies his dying comrade on the ground; the man is tired, hurt and can go no further. As he lies there in the cold and snow, he remembers his past, waiting for his death to come.

Jessamine a.k.a. "Wild Jessamine", was but a young woman when she was found on the streets by rich and powerful brothel owner, Vincent Birchell. He molds her into a high-priced prostitute and his most prized po
Alyssa Archambo Nelson
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 characte
Anastasia Pergakis
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 happen ...more
Bending The Bookshelf
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. By the time I reached the series of letters (first between Jessamine and Peter, and then between Fezariu and Alycea), the sense of "Oh, please - not another of these kind of stories" was so stro ...more
May 03, 2015 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first installment in the Elencheran Chronicles series by David M. Brown. As a fervent fan of the fantasy genre, I found this book to be everything I expected and more. Not only are the characters well-developed and memorable, the reader is taken away to an equally well-developed fantasy world that rivals the worlds of popular, established fantasy writers, such as Robert Jordan and Mercedes Lackey.

Brown features a vast variety of both primary and secondary characters. Some are members
Feb 10, 2012 Avry15 rated it really liked it
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*I won a free copy this e-book in a LibraryThing Member Giveaway*

this is a fantasy story..that grips on reality..
it shows the flaws of human decisions and it's consequences-well,to err is human! the story is well-written,'s development is fascinating as well as the characters'.. giving the readers different moods, excitement, predicting, angry, pity, etc..
there are times ..the readers could even say.."yah, i know that will happen",...the book is re
Pamela Todd
Aug 15, 2011 Pamela Todd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author weaves an amazing world, bringing to life both characters and locations. Many fantasy novels get lost in the fantasy, too concerned with the worlds than the actions of the characters. Considering it is the characters who lead the reader through the story, this is a major faux pas.

Fortunately for Fezariu’s Epiphany, this is not the case. The surroundings for the author’s cast of character practically becomes a character in itself. The smell of baking bread and delicious cream pastries
William Bentrim
Oct 16, 2011 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-for-swap
Fezariu’s Epiphany by David M. Brown

This is a tale of sadness, sacrifice and misunderstanding.

Fezariu bases his life on incorrect assumptions. His misery and withdrawn behavior may be a metaphor for life’s misunderstandings. I found myself wanting to point in the direction of his redemption. He and his 3 Merelax Mercenaries’ companions discover truths about themselves as the fulfill the duties and obligations thrust upon them.

The settings of a declining metropolis, a prominent brothel, demoral
Ron McGhee
Sep 03, 2011 Ron McGhee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“ They say the life of a mercenary allows one to forget their past…”
David M. Brown’s poetic sentence in his first fantasy novel, Fezariu’s Epiphany, resonates throughout the life of the main character first as hope and later as a realization that this is never truly possible. Spanning decades of time and multiple vistas, Brown expertly crafts what every fantasy book lover desires in a story; complex characters woven together with an intriguing plot. This ‘one star shy’ of perfection book delive
Julie Powell
Mar 10, 2012 Julie Powell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a tale weaved in fantasy, where the world created is not only believable but also fascinating. The characters, too, are so real that the reader cannot fail but to wish them well - except for the villian, an essential ingredient in every good story.

I wasn't quite sure what to expect but this story was very well written and included such themes as loyalty, loss, betrayal, power and love, and told through the eyes of credible characters. I also liked the way it swung from third to first per
Mar 05, 2012 sandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book for free from Goodreads Firstreads.
Well, I have to say do not look at the cover, I didn't like it at before I still don't like it now. ( the new cover is really great I love it)
It doesn't do justice to the book.
So many things happen in this book.
We follow Fezariu from before is birth, we see him grow up, we see him become a man.
it was a bit difficult at first to follow the story with too many names and references for me to follow but after a wile I got more familiar with
Nov 03, 2011 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not a genre I read very often, but enjoyable nonetheless. The eponymous hero has a complicated story, which keeps the pages turning as you want to see how it will be resolved. I would probably recommend skipping the prologue until you are much nearer the end, however - there were too many names and references for me to follow until I was more familiar with the characters and their situations and initially it left me confused. But I'm glad I stuck with it! I look forward to reading other books se ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My Thoughts:
This story is remarkably well written. The language is descriptive. The story flows smoothly at just the right pace to keep the reader interested and awaiting what will be on the next page.
The characters have been carefully crafted and possess their own individual querks.
My heart goes out to Jessamine for the choices life gives her and bleeds for Fezariu as life continues to throw him curves.
Be sure to check this one out and journey with Fezariu as he attempts to discover his pa
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 30, 2011 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advance-read
Delightful tale of a young man born in a brother who flees the only home he has known after the disappearance of his mother and the murder of his step-father. After becomeing a hardened mercenary, he learns the meaning of love. The hand written letters in this work are difficult to read due to the font.
Jun 15, 2011 Hockmangirlsmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like fantasy or just beginning to read it, you must read this book. Join Fezariu through his adventures as he finally realizes what must be done, As many of us do at special turning points in our lives when we have a epiphany. You will feel a whole range of emotions as the characters come to life. You will be right there with them as your world fades away and you become part of . . . . .
Sep 28, 2011 Rachelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'I can't pick one thing that I would change about the way Fezariu's Epiphany was written. Though it may have been a little slow for me in the beginning, it quickly picked up and held me tight straight till the end.'

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Jun 29, 2011 Geoff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written and a good story. Not the kind of book I would have normally gone for but really glad I did.
Jun 25, 2011 Yy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks.
Mar 22, 2012 Mindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 o
David King
Feb 25, 2012 David King rated it really liked it
"Fezariu's Epiphany" by David M. Brown is the first book in a new fantasy series entitled "The Elencheran Chronicles". One of the big things I look for in a fantasy book such as this has to be the world itself and I think the author did a great thing with this one. It is rather colourful and varied place that has a lot of potential within it available for any future books in the series.

The novel itself was focused on the life of Fezariu whose life seems to have been surrounded by tragedy from ea
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
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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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 after another. Fezariu finds his life to be a difficult one until he discovers the Merelax Mercenaries and discovers a home he can be happy in. Or can he? Life as a mercenary can be a tricky thing and in the end, it might lead him right back to what he vowed h
Sandy Wolters
Jan 03, 2013 Sandy Wolters rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, adventure
Book: Fezariu's Epiphany
Series: The Elencheran Chronicles
Author: David M. Brown
Genre: Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Length: Approximately 387 Pages

FEZARIU'S EPIPHANY by DAVID M. BROWN at times had me in tears, madder than hell, sitting on the edge of my seat, gasping for breath and completely exhausted when I finished it.

This is the story of Fezariu. We first meet him when his tortured mother running from her past gives birth to him. We follow him through his early years filled with love and laughte
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 love and identity. Childhood takes place around the streets of small cities where Fezariu and his “sister” live, loved by father and mother, warmed and fed at the fires of the family bakery. But Fezariu’s father is not his father, and his mother deserts him, leaving Fezariu to wonder what value remains in love and rel ...more
Brianna Kilcrease
Apr 01, 2012 Brianna Kilcrease rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First Line: “The unrelenting snow fell between the far-reaching deciduous branches of the vast forest, disguising an already barely discernible path that ran between the trees and into the heart of a steep valley. Amidst the persistent snowflakes and swirling breeze, a cruel game of cat and mouse was drawing to a close."

Lately I have been craving to read some epic fantasy books. Game of Thrones, Sword of Truth, all of Robin Hobb's books. They are my favorite series in the epic fantasy genre and
Sep 09, 2016 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
From the reviews I read, I expected more from this novel. While the author turns a few particularly lovely phrases here and there, I found the stilted language of the characters exactly matches that of the narration, whether the scenes are appropriate to such floweriness and/or melodrama or not. Anachronisms continually break the fragile sense of setting, point of view wavers from paragraph to paragraph, and there is little if any real tension. Without tension, there is nothing to invest the rea ...more
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