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A World Apart (The Elencheran Chronicles Book 2) by [Brown, David M.]
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David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he spent 10 years developing a 47,000 year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. 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, 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.

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betrayal and redemption. Epic fantasy is no where near the top of my must read list of genres but pirates are and I haven't read a good pirate story in long time. This writer did a lot of things right for me in an epic fantasy: 1) no info. dump - this was my first trip to Elenchera and I learned what I needed to about the world as the story went along. 2) powerful female characters - the Bechel test for female characters is there are at least two and they talk to each other about something other than men. Plus they were complicated and intense. 3) brilliant characterization through plot - you can't decide who to root for because they argue their cases so strongly, I can't remember the last time I read something like that. Now do be prepared for a long meandering tale in the fact that you get to know generations like a family saga set in a fantasy world. Ordinary people though, no royalty (thank you!). This story is so strong in characters and plot (with a touch of magic) that it would appeal to more than just epic fantasy fans.
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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 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.
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By MJ on 19 Aug. 2013
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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. 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.
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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 Demetrisu 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 course of their lives forever. On the day of their marriage Demetrius leaves Dove's Meadow to join the Order, the military government that runs Elecheron. Eleyna and Halcyon find themselves in a circumstance that brands them as outlaws, murderers. They flee for their lives and end up working on a pirate ship. Due to a twist in fate, unbeknownst to Eleyna and Halcyon, they sidetrack Demetrius's career, sentencing him to the Pit, a sewer infested hole with other thieves. This story has many twists and turns and some things you know are coming but you don't know how. This is not a quick read, but it is a very interesting one. David has created this whole other world, Elecheron and has done an excellent job of doing just that. I look forward to reading more by this author. (I received a copy of A World Apart to review for David's Book Blog Tour.) I love this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Epic story of friendship 29 July 2012
By Coral Russell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
betrayal and redemption. Epic fantasy is no where near the top of my must read list of genres but pirates are and I haven't read a good pirate story in long time. This writer did a lot of things right for me in an epic fantasy: 1) no info. dump - this was my first trip to Elenchera and I learned what I needed to about the world as the story went along. 2) powerful female characters - the Bechel test for female characters is there are at least two and they talk to each other about something other than men. Plus they were complicated and intense. 3) brilliant characterization through plot - you can't decide who to root for because they argue their cases so strongly, I can't remember the last time I read something like that. Now do be prepared for a long meandering tale in the fact that you get to know generations like a family saga set in a fantasy world. Ordinary people though, no royalty (thank you!). This story is so strong in characters and plot (with a touch of magic) that it would appeal to more than just epic fantasy fans.

I received a copy to review from the author during the Discover Fantasy Tour.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'A World Apart' Stands Apart from the Crowd 19 Dec. 2012
By Jason Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
`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 of the Aeonian. There are many exciting sword fights, and even a few fights using magic conjured in the palm of the characters' hands. Details such as a card game called Kings and Jesters, which is so neat I want to play it, but I will definitely not place any bets! There are also many secrets to discover, but perhaps none as great as the real identity of the Black Iris. Oh, and be good in Dove's Meadow or you might be sentenced to the pit! There are many exciting twists and turns in this tale before the story weaves back around to an impressive conclusion.

'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!
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! Awesome fantasy story! 23 Mar. 2013
By Liss Lovejoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A World Apart is part of a series but unlike most series you do not have to read them in order. The books is set in the world of "Elenchera". This is a world that Mr Brown took 10 years to build with a 47,000 year history. Each book is a different story set in a different time period. I love this idea. I have not read the first book but trust me I am going to pick it up soon. A World Apart told me about "Elenchera" and gave me all the information I needed to read and understand what the world was like without a history lesson. It's just enough in the right places.
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!!
3.0 out of 5 stars A different sort of fantasy, one that isn't afraid to take chances with expectations 11 Mar. 2013
By Bob Milne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic World 30 Jan. 2013
By Frankie Blooding - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 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.
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