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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
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Published May 16th 2011 by David M. Brown (first published May 15th 2011)
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TC
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...more
Elizabeth
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
Kelly
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.
Heavensent1
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...more
William Bentrim
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...more
Ron McGhee
“ 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...more
Alyssa Archambo
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...more
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
Stephanie
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...more
Avry15
originally appeared on:Bookshelf Confessions

*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,..it'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...more
Pamela Todd
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...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
sandy
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...more
Julie Powell
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...more
Beverly
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...more
Nikki
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
Hockmangirlsmom
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 . . . . .
Fredrick Danysh
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.
Rachelle
'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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Geoff
Well written and a good story. Not the kind of book I would have normally gone for but really glad I did.
Yy
Jun 25, 2011 Yy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I won this book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Thanks.
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
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 t...more
Melissa Haggerty
I haven't read many epic fantasies but Fezariu's Epiphany by David M. Brown pulled me in and kept me wanting more. I didn't want to put this book down, and I was sad to see it end.

Fezariu is an amazing character. His fears and worries are something people can relate to. As he struggles to leave his hard past behind he becomes a well respected mercenary. His journey in life is full of obstacles but he overcomes them all. I felt bad for Fezariu at times. He truly got dealt a rough hand in life.

A...more
Jason
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...more
Robin
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
Lisa Markson
In my opinion:
Fezariu's Epiphany by David M. Brown I was not sure of the book when I first started reading it. I typically stay within the paranormal genre, vampires, witches, fae, werewolves. But as I started to read more into the book I was captivated. Jessamine was a woman who risked her life in order to bring her unborn child into the world. Fate brought her to a bakery were she met Peter. Life seemed to take a turn for the good until one fateful day that threatens the lives of many. Fezariu...more
Brianna Kilcrease
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...more
Sandy Wolters
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...more
L.E.Olteano
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...more
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