A World Apart by David M. Brown

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A World Apart by David M. Brown
Publisher:  Self Published
Genre: Fantasy
Length: Full (822 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Review by Poppy

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.

So … wow… this was pretty amazing.  From start to finish, it’s just epic — lavish, full of description and history.  Reminded me of the fantasies I grew up on thirty years ago.

I admit to being a bit surprised that, aside from a short beginning with Demetrius in his old age, the book spends quite a bit of time on his grandfather, and then his father before Demetrius is even born. I understand that the author wanted to give us some background, but it really slowed the story for me. Truthfully, had I not been reading this for review, I might not have continued. However, I’m glad I did.

Demetrius’ story is … well, I can’t say “wonderful”, because it’s largely heartbreaking, but so rich in texture and living and adventure (good and bad), that it was a joy to read. Once I put aside my romantic heart, and just enjoyed this for the story it was, I was so pleased.

The author has a way with words and certainly has honed his craft. The reader can feel, see, smell, hear everything in great detail. We were right there on the pirate ship, in the pub, herding sheep. Even better, I caught no grammar errors or typos, and for this I’m truly grateful.

Still, in case you didn’t see the number of pages up top of this review, this isn’t a quick or easy read. It’s dark in parts, with heavy messages and difficult times. It’s interesting, edifying and well written, but still quite a workout to read.

If you love real, hard core, epic fantasy, I highly recommend this for you.


  1. Mary Preston says:

    High praise indeed. I especially love the fact that you said “the author has a way with words”. Essential for an epic read.


  2. Thank you for hosting

  3. I had a great time following your tour, all the best with your new book project!


  4. Thank you for your review and for your helpful feedback.

    I really appreciate you and all the bloggers supporting me on this tour.

  5. Hallo David, I’m glad I discovered a great new fantasy book and a new fantasy world, hopefully you will be more merciful to your future heroes 😉
    Good luck with your new book!

    emiliana25 at web dot de

    • Thanks for commenting throughout the tour, Emiliana.

      I may have to wait till the next next book before being merciful to the characters. I’m a little mean to them in the next book sadly. I just don’t think I’m a nice person really!

  6. This is really an awesome sounding epic. Loved the review.

  7. You spent 10 years developing a 47,000 year history and the book is 822 pages? I think that takes such dedication from a writer…and from readers! As a librarian, I see that “sustained” narratives are no longer the norm. Students want shorter, quick reads…even for their recreational reading. I wonder what impact this will have on the future of “epics”?
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

    • Thank you for commenting, Catherine.

      I hope epic reads continue but I appreciate many readers will prefer something shorter. A book such as AWA does require a lot of commitment from the reader. I feel very lucky that so many readers have started and completed the journey.

  8. Wonderful tour, I love discovering new authors and books for my tbr list.

    moonsurfer123 AT gmail DOT com

  9. It’s been a great tour!


  10. Nice reviewt.


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