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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 under Granicus' tutelage his future is shaped. The decisions Demetrius makes as a young man will have profound effects on more than just his immediate acquaintances.
This is part of an epic saga, with tales of magic, piracy and military life, and the book covers Demetrius' lifetime and beyond. As a result of the amount of detail I felt I really got to know Demetrius and those around him, and each time I picked the book up again was like returning to see what old friends were up to. I felt for Demetrius when faced with each of the major trials in his life, yet had moments of hope. I also found myself slightly torn as to whether I should be rooting for Demetrius, staunch defender of the ruling Order, or whether the pirates, seeking to liberate the world from Colonists, were in the right.
Brown has created an interesting world and characters to fill it. However, while I know it's perfectly acceptable for a book of this type to be considerably longer than say a crime thriller (more my normal fare) I felt that this long tale could have been edited more tightly and the length reduced a little. There were places where I felt the author should have given his abilities in drawing the reader to a conclusion, and the reader's ability to draw the right one, more credit.Read more ›
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. Brown's characters are well developed, all independent and strong, showing that they all have something to say. It's great that we get a real feel for the characters and you need to understand the depths of their feelings in order to understand the decisions they make.
What I have to say is that the background information is a little too much at times. The first few pages have very little dialogue with details of not Demetrius' life but how his father was conceived and how his grandfather dealt with the burden of begin a single parent. Although it was nice to see the relationships between the three men I thought it was unnecessary to go into so much detail, the first three chapters concentrate on his grandfather and father and they are not short chapters.
The introduction of the pirates was an interesting one after seeing the controlling Order, they had a definite distinction without painting it as a black and white picture. It was hard to decide who was in the right and it was a good position to be in. It really is an epic with the corrupt government and out of hand revolution, in the guise of the pirates but at times it was just too long.Read more ›
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I received a copy to review from the author during the Discover Fantasy Tour.
'A World Apart' is not a quick read, certainly, and not a light read, but if you are willing to make the commitment to this wonderful book, you will be rewarded. The story moves well and the prose is written masterfully. The tale unfolds like a grand map of Elenchera, the land in which it is set. You will come to know the characters, rooting for them, hoping they survive, wanting them to be successful in their quests, which are sometimes for redemption and at other times for vengeance.
David Brown's gritty style of writing fantasy is unique in many ways. There is solidness to his prose, you feel you are treading the dusty path, or finding your balance on the deck of a tossing ship at sea. The action is swift and often surprising. Get ready for your heart to beat rapidly during many scenes! Some scenes might bring forth a tear or two, but never in an exploitive or cheap way. `A World Apart' is a beautifully crafted story. It progresses on many levels and Mr. Brown does an amazing job of bringing the pieces together. From beginning to end, the reader is part of the journey. You will witness battles and find yourself entwined in the emotional lives of the characters. There is never a dull moment, yet at the same time, the manner in which the characters develop is both insightful and believable.
As a philosopher of sorts, I could not help but notice many subtle observations regarding human nature and motivation. These were worth the read alone! While in the midst of the exciting and mesmerizing text, be sure not to miss them! There are many such gems.
I could not read `A World Apart' fast because I was enjoying each scene too much. Having completed it, I think it was well worth the read and I highly recommend it. This is great writing with a groundbreaking aspect to its vision. I believe `A World Apart' is unique in the fantasy genre. Let it sink into your bones, as a pirate, a soldier, or a lover separated by time and circumstance from your one true love.
This is such a great book. I highly recommend it!
I want to give props to Mr. Brown for creating a world where women could be strong and powerful. I finished this book over a week ago but I wanted to get my thoughts in place before I wrote this review. I was so absorbed into this world that when I finished the last page, I was still thinking about the characters and The Order. Part of the book just made me so angry and then I felt sad but then I was happy.
My criteria for a 5 star book is based on several things.
Did I feel emotion... Yes, I was angry, I was sad, I was happy and at sometimes annoyed with the characters. (Being annoyed with characters is a good thing. It means they were really well done and I felt a connection to them)
Did I reflect on the story... Yes, for a week its been in my head and scenes of the story just keep mulling over in my head.
Did I want to know more... Yes, I want to read more stories about "Elenchera". The world is vast and so much going on that you want to know more and this story is just a sample of what is to come.
Did I connect with the characters... Yes, I felt for the characters. Mr. Brown did a excellent job of giving everything we needed to invest ourselves in each of his characters. He didn't leave me wondering about how who these people were.
A World Apart did that and more. I am a huge fan of Tolkien and as most of us know that he built his own world as well. Anyone can build a world but it takes a special person to make a world you want to invest your time into. "Elenchera" is a place that you want to invest your reading time. I am really looking forward to more books from Mr. Brown.
Fans of fantasy and built worlds will love this. Just because its fantasy do not let this deter you from picking this book up. The fantasy elements are there but its not overwhelming and the characters will pull you in and make you want to keep reading. It is very well written and flows from one part of the story to another and is never confusing.
I was given a e-book of this by the author for a honest review but I want a print copy for my book shelf. Yes, its that good!!
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 best, but it's the world in which the story is set, the seas upon which they sail, and the magic to be found that really make this work.
This is a relatively long tale, one that passes through multiple generations, with a pace that adds additional weight to the tale. It doesn't drag, not by any means, but it's also not a book to be devoured in a single setting. Brown gives us time to get to know his characters, and develops a strong connection with each of them for the reader. It's hard to pick a 'hero' or a 'favourite' with whom to take sides, they're so evenly matched, but that's part of the charm. Demetrius is definitely an interesting protagonist, as flawed as he is multi-faceted, but in terms of sheer originality, I have to say it was Eleyna who really stole the show.
I'd be remiss not to at least say a few words about the Aeonian, the pirate ship that serves as the stage for so much of the action. As well-stocked as it is well-crewed, this is the fantasy equivalent of a contemporary kick-ass, over-the-top battleship. It feels authentic, and really serves to ground the story.
Despite the slow pacing and often dense narrative, A World Apart is a book of surprising emotional depth. The battle scenes are electric, with equal parts drama and excitement, and the personal confrontations are often as painful as they are heart-breaking. Like I said, Brown makes you care about these characters, and really makes you believe in their conflicts. More importantly, whereas some authors use different narrative points-of-view to either pad a thin tale or take a lazy approach to exposing motivations, Brown subtly changes the story with each narrative shift, creating a layered tale that's as compelling as it is intricate.
If you're looking for a different sort of fantasy, one that isn't afraid to take chances with expectations, this is definitely a solid read that's sure to entertain.
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 read it again just so I could go back to this world! I love the pirate ship and the feel of being on it! I love the game, though I can't remember what's it's called now to save my life. I would lose my butt off in this game. I would! But I'd be okay with watching other people play! LOL!
The action was so much fun! I loved all the sword fights and battles. It made the book go by very quickly for me. I simply devoured it!
The reason for the four dragons instead of the five is because I felt that Mr. Brown's prose could have been tighter. With an imagination like this, and the ability to get the reader right in the middle of the action, I think his writing would be off the charts if he just tightened his prose a little more. Some of the dialogue didn't sound natural and people kept calling others by their name again and again and again. When I'm in a conversation with SistaPITA, for example, I don't keep repeating her name. Maybe once in a while (like once in a conversation) to get her to understand just how frustrated I am with her. As a writer, using names in conversation is nice because we can get rid of dialogue tags. However, this did jar me enough to pull me out of the scene when it happened. But that's because I'm a writer first, a reader second. There are issues with that. I know.
Should you read this book? YES! Definitely!! It's a great experience and a wild ride!
I received a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.