Thursday, January 31, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: A WORLD APART by David Brown


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. David will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tours. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.



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 imprisoned in grief and disgrace.

But he can atone. The Black Iris is dead. The Ivory Rose has risen to the top of the pirates and is leading brutal raids on the coast. If Demetrius can capture and kill her, he'll win his pardon.

And then Demetrius discovers the Ivory Rose is Eleyna. He must decide which will be his third mistake: losing his last chance at a pardon or destroying the one woman he's ever loved.

I have to admit to being a sucker for epic fantasy. I love being able to delve into a book that takes me to another land. David Brown's A World Apart does just that.

The world building in this novel is fantastic. It's obvious that David knows this fantasy land intimately, and he does a good job at sharing that world with his readers. He is not content to give you broad strokes of the land--the key is in the details he shares--tiny, almost insignificant details in the scheme of things, but these details add a richness to the book.

This isn't a book that can be read quickly or scanned through. If you try, you will miss a lot of the story--and it might make it hard for you to keep all the characters in mind.

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 Hons 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 A World Apart, and the in-progress Ansel's Remorse and The Stars Beneath the Parapets 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 travelling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.

Find the author online at

Website – http://elenchera.com Blog – http://tweeding.com Twitter - @elenchera Facebook - davidmbrownauthor Goodreads - http://bit.ly/Nhagx3 Amazon US - http://amzn.to/TT7Afh Amazon UK - http://amzn.to/SbbQBD Smashwords - http://bit.ly/R7VitO I'm looking forward to more books in this series.

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13 comments:

Ami said...

I love a good fantasy story and a well developed fantasy world. :)
What is your current favorite fantasy book David?

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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting.

elenchera said...

Thank you for hosting me today, Judy, and for your wonderful review.

I am really glad you enjoyed AWA :)

Thank you for your support with this tour :)

elenchera said...

Thank you for commenting, Ami.

The Lord of the Rings remains my favourite fantasy novel but I'm always trying to broaden my tastes within the genre. I don't see other fantasy writers as competitors but as teachers :)

MomJane said...

A complex and fascinating world.

Lyra L7 said...

One of my teachers in primary school said with every book you read you learn something new. :)

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Ingeborg said...

Wonderful story.

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Lena said...

Hi David, how do you go about creating new characters for a story?

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Emiliana25 said...

I loved the book, do you have a favorite character from all your books?

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Gala said...

Lovely excerpt, now that you are a published author, is it as you thought it would be?

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Thanks for the review.

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Mary Preston said...

I have to agree about epic fantasy. Nothing better than getting lost in an amazing world.

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