BOOK REVIEW - Fezariu's Epiphany by David M. Brown
David M. Brown
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The following is my January 3rd, 2013, 5 Star review:
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 laughter, and then his mother's past catches up with her. Out of love, she makes the ultimate sacrifice for him, returning to her unspeakable past to spare his life and those she has come to love as her own.
After a series of tragic events, Fezariu and Alycea, the small girl he grew up with, find themselves living in a new land with Alycea's uncle. It is here he learns that his mother has not died as he was told, but working in a brothel. As a mother myself, I was heartbroken when Fezariu was reunited with his mother. To save the child's life from the monster that runs the White Oak brothel, Jessamine cruelly turns her back on Fezariu after seeing him. I needed many tissues to get through this part of the book.
For a twelve-year-old boy, feeling the weight of guilt for all of those he's loved and lost in his short life, blaming himself, he makes a conscious decision to never allow anyone close to him again. He abandons Alycea and runs to the Archangel University to train as a mercenary to become a man with strength and honor. Being too young to train when he arrives, he has taken on years of servitude to the University until he is of age. We follow Fezariu through his three-year training and then his battles employed as a great mercenary.
Mr. Brown has written a book that introduces the reader to such an extraordinary cast of characters, and a book that is entwined with several storylines that come together flawlessly. We are taken into the lives of the mercenaries and the battles they fight, both right and wrong. We are introduced to new lands with such a rich history. Every detail is well thought out and beautifully written.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading FEZARIU'S EPIPHANY by DAVID M. BROWN. This book has something for everyone in it. It took me through every emotion possible and left me exhausted and with a smile on my face when I finished it. This is one of those books that I will be thinking about for some time to come. This is one of those special books that I highly recommend and wish I could give it more than a measly 5 Stars. It deserves so much more than that.
Fezariu's Epiphany Blurb:
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.