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by David M. Brown
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.
Jessamine took hesitant steps forward as she approached Fezariu. Tears began to well in her eyes causing her make-up to run. She glanced nervously at the bar where the patrons continued their bidding before coming to a stop in front of her son.
‘Fezariu,’ Jessamine said, reaching out to him instinctively before stopping herself. She hardened her tone. ‘What are you doing here?’
‘I came to find you, mother,’ Fezariu replied. ‘Peter told me that you were dead but I found the letters you sent him.’
‘How did you know I was here?’
‘I heard two merchants talking about you in the market. I was so excited I’d found you that I followed them straight here.’
‘I don’t understand what you’re doing in Clarendon. Why has Peter brought you here, Fezariu?’
Fezariu paused. The raised tone of Jessamine and her general demeanour seemed alien to him. This was not the same woman that had raised him before disappearing from Larchfield. ‘Mother,’ Fezariu said, with his bottom lip trembling, ‘Peter…died.’
‘What?’ Jessamine replied, her stern voice giving way to wavering uncertainty. ‘When? How?”
‘It was a few months ago. He was attacked and killed while doing his deliveries. Uncle Edward came to Larchfield for Alycea and I. He brought us to Clarendon and that’s when I found the letters you had sent Peter. As soon as I heard those merchants mention your name and the White Oak I knew I had to come here. I will take you to Uncle Edward’s bakery, mother. We can leave together.’
‘I’m not going anywhere, Fezariu,’ Jessamine said, seizing her son’s arm and dragging him towards the front door. Fezariu tried to loosen her grip but could not overcome his inferior strength. ‘I want you to leave, Fezariu. I don’t want you here.’
REVIEWS OF FEZARIU’S EPIPHANY
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.
Jason Sullivan – Different Outcomes and author of The Dark Yergall
When a reader that normally does not like fantasy novels set in world with unknown names falls in love with a book from that genre, then you know the author did a spectacular job of bringing their story to life for all to enjoy.
Talina Perkins – Bookin’ It Reviews/Night Owl Reviews
Night Owl Reviews “Top pick”
You can almost smell the filth and corruption that permeates Clarendon, a true cesspool of a city. This is a story of how a boy grows into being a man and accepting his faults and redeeming his failures. I recommend it.
William Bentrim – Azure Dwarf and author of The Adventures of Hardy Belch
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.
The Elencheran Chronicles: http://elenchera.com
The World According to Dave: http://blog.elenchera.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11451305-fezariu-s-epiphany (book page)
How did the process of Fezarius Epiphany begin, where did the idea come from and what was the process of publishing this novel?
I first came up with the idea of the world of Elenchera in 1999 and divided my time between building the world history, including maps, and writing novels and short stories. I gave up on novels by 2006 and devoted the next three years fully to the world building, which was already well developed. I’d felt in my novels that they didn’t have enough substance and the setting in Elenchera just didn’t feel right. I hoped that with all the history in place I would be able to write more naturally.
As I built the world of Elenchera I was always intrigued by a group known as the Merelax Mercenaries – Elenchera’s most prestigious hired hands. As the history continued I jotted down ideas for novels and came up with Fezariu’s Epiphany. The story was very different back then to how it is today. Originally Fezariu was the son of a farmer that turned his back on that life for the riches and fame of being a mercenary. After many years of fighting, Fezariu is physically and mentally bruised and battered by his experiences and realises the mercenaries are not the romantic and lucrative life he first dreamed of.
By 2009 the bulk of the world history was completed and I wanted to write Fezariu’s Epiphany but the story just didn’t feel right to me. At this time I had met my future wife, Donna, and pitched the idea of the book to her which she agreed didn’t appeal to her. I then told her of a short story I had written, A Mother’s Blessing, about an assassin that returns to his hometown to kill a local magistrate and is reunited with the mother that cast him aside. I had the idea of merging the story with the novel I wanted to write and a new, much improved, form took shape for Fezariu’s Epiphany.
The novel now had Fezariu as the son of a prostitute who flees her misogynistic lover and starts a new life overseas. However, Fezariu’s childhood idyll is ruined when his mother abandons him and his stepfather is murdered. Still a boy, Fezariu comes to believe that these tragedies are the result of him being accursed and he runs away from home, fearing the curse will strike down what little family he has left. Fezariu joins the Merelax Mercenaries and rises through the ranks, believing this new life will help bury his past for good. However, Fezariu soon learns that our pasts never fully let go and the only we he can put his to rest is by returning to his childhood and learning the truth about why his mother abandoned him.
When the novel was completed my wife and I chose to go down the self-publishing route. We knew that I was trying to do something different with the fantasy genre and felt it would be better to allow readers to experience the book themselves and decide how viable Elenchera would be as a series of self-contained novels.
Self-publishing would also give us full control of the novel with the edits, cover and its availability online. We initially started with Amazon, Lulu.com and Smashwords before spreading the word through social media such as Twitter and Facebook, posting articles on my blog, The World According to Dave, and taking part in blog tours, which entail either writing a guest post or doing an interview, both of which I enjoy. Publishing the novel was the easy part but the promotion has been the most difficult. I’m very lucky that I’ve had the full support of my wife, Donna, who has led this area for me. I tell people she is my wife, editor, fiercest critic, promoter and mother to our six rescue cats. I couldn’t have done any of this without her. It’s been an amazing journey for us so far and we’re still in the early stages. I can’t wait to see what happens next.