Fezariu's Epiphany by David M. Brown
Release Date: May 16, 2011
Publisher: Create Space
As a young boy, Fezariu had to face trials that no child should ever endure. His idyllic upbringing was torn apart when his mother disappeared. He was told that she died. Then, his step-father was brutally murdered in the street. He was sent, along with Alycea whom was raised as his sister, back to the beginning of his life's story and many secrets to live with his adopted uncle.
In the town where he was conceived, Clarendon, Fezariu discovered the truth about his mother. He sought her out but was spurned. Thinking he was the cause of her harsh words and the death that surrounded him, he fled to join the Merelax Mercenaries. There, he worked hard and pushed himself to his limits to hone his strength and skill. Even though he steeled his heart against any attachments, he still developed comrades. Through out his years of service, he wrote to Alycea every year on her birthday and thought of how much better she was without him.
The horrors of war did not break Fezariu. He was able to contain his emotions and fought well. Along the way he lost friends and struggled to learn how to live the the guilt of living while others died. After a morally questionable assignment, Fezariu and his companions had to decide whether to remain in the Merelax Mercenaries. Their decision determined whether they lived or died.
I enjoyed Fezariu's Ephiphany. For a first novel, many elements are well constructed and I didn't want to stop reading.