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A World Apart (The Elencheran Chronicles)

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Demetrius makes his first mistake when he lets his best friend Halcyon marry Eleyna, the love of his life, without saying a word. On the day of the wedding, he walks away from the Elencheran town of Dove's Meadow and joins the army.

He makes his second mistake when the pirate Black Iris tricks him into letting dozens of men, women and children die in a fire. Demetrius is im...more
Kindle Edition, 823 pages
Published June 16th 2012 (first published June 11th 2012)
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Bob Milne
When diving into a new fantasy saga, I generally look for four things:

1. A solid, subtle sense of world-building
2. An inventive, yet plausible, system of magic
3. A well-rounded cast of characters
4. Narrative development, as opposed to info-dumping

I was pleasantly surprised to find that A World Apart fulfilled all four requirements. David M. Brown has crafted a winning fantasy here, one that is dark and gritty, but not completely bereft of a sense of adventure. Pirate tales are often tricky, at b...more
Geoff
Excellent. It isn't the kind of book I would normally read but I wanted to give it a go and I'm glad I did. It was excellent from cover to cover. I enjoyed David's first book (Fezariu's Epiphany) but this was even better.
TC
This is my second encounter with the Elencheran Chronicles, having read Fezariu's Epiphany last year. The series is set in the same world and features the same places and races but as far as I could see there was no interaction between the characters in the two books. I found this a bit unusual but it actually works well.

In A World Apart we meet Demetrius and his family and friends, from Doves Meadow. While his father is a gentle shepherd Demetrius has a famed soldier for a grandfather, and unde...more
Jane
3 Stars

Demetrius is an old man exiled on Purgatory Island waiting to die, as a last request his grandson is allowed to see and talk to him. Curiosity gets the better of his grandson and he asks how he ended up on the island. We are then taken back to the very beginning as the story of his life unfolds, how the decisions he makes shapes his and his friends future. It follows his childhood, his one and only love, his mistakes and ultimately his generous heart that brings to his current position. B...more
Jason
‘A World Apart’ is a superbly woven fantasy narrative. It centers on the story of three friends, Demetrius, Eleyna, and Halcyon. These three friends share their dreams when young only to have life take them on voyages they could never have imagined. It is a story of love and friendship. The pirate ship, the Aeonian, is so cool with ten cannons and an eclectic crew. It terrorizes all of Elenchera. There is magic at the edge of the world, which you get to stick your hand into along with the crew o...more
Beth
This is Demetrius story, the story of his life. The story of the boy born of a sheppard and a pirate. Now in prison for the crimes he's committed, he retells his story. Life, love, battles and heart breaking decisions unfold before our eyes.

A World Apart contains an intense and complicated plot and at close to 800 pages long it can definitely not be considered easy reading, but so worth the investment. I wholly enjoyed this book from start to finish.

I did find the dialog a bit structured, loos...more
S.M. Blooding
The thing I absolutely LOVED about this book was the world building! There were so many details without the bog-down affect of info dumps. It was sprinkled throughout the book in such a way that I was able to easily keep up without my brain cramping.

This world is AMAZING! Not because it’s really original, though I think it is, but because Mr. Brown captured it so well. It just comes off as being really crisp! I love, love, LOVE that!! As soon as I was done, I wanted to immediately pick it up and...more
Maggie Thom
A world apart is an excellent book. It is a story that covers four generations who grew up in Doves Meadow. The majority of the story though, is about three friends, Demetrius, Eleyna and Halcyon. As kids they form their own gang and challenge each other's skills. As teenagers Demetrius and Eleyna have discovered they love each other but cannot find the courage to tell each other. Due to miscommunication and misunderstanding, Eleyna agrees to marry Halcyon. The choices they make change the cours...more
Maggie Thom
A world apart is an excellent book. It is a story that covers four generations, who grew up in Doves Meadow. The majority of the story though, is about three friends, Demetrius, Eleyna and Halcyon. As kids they form their own gang and challenge each other's skills. As teenagers Demetrius and Eleyna have discovered they love each other but cannot find the courage to tell each other. Due to miscommunication and misunderstanding, Eleyna agrees to marry Halcyon. The choices they made change the cour...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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So … wow… this was pretty amazing. From start to finish, it’s just epic — lavish, full of description and history. Reminded me of the fantasies I grew up on thirty years ago.

I admit to being a bit surprised that, aside from a short beginning with Demetrius in his old age, the book spends quite a bit of time on his grandfather, and then his father before Demetrius is even born. I understand that the author wanted to give us some backgr...more
Liviu
unexpectedly good so far - very traditional, once upon a time there was a boy etc and with lots of detail so not for the impatient, but the author is a very good storyteller so far

I finished the novel and I am of two minds of it - great storytelling to the end that kept me turning the pages, but the world building comes up unconvincing (those 20000 years of same are really hard to take as human history tends to move much faster), and the story itself is a a bit meh and pointless.

Overall the auth...more
Ryan Snyder
What stuck out: I really like how the focus of the story changed from character to character throughout the beginning of the story. The first few chapters were solely about Demetrius's grandfather up until his son was born. Then the story followed both the grandfather and the father. After Demetrius is born, the story focuses on all three of them. The story then focuses soley on Demetrius throughout his childhood. When he meets Halcyon and Elyna, the story includes them as well. After that the s...more
Auggie
Splendid book. Will definitely be reading more by this author in the future. Stay tuned for a full review.
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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 Eng...more
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