Monday, September 17, 2012

Book Review: LEGENDS REBORN by Douglas R. Brown

Title: Legends Reborn
Series: The Light of Epertase, #1
Author: Douglas R. Brown
Publisher: Rhemalda Publishing (July 19, 2011)
Format: PDF Novel
Source: Publisher
Genre: Epic Fantasy

Since the dawn of time, the Light of Epertase has determined when the throne was to be passed from elder to heir. For more than a thousand years, the Light's decision had never been challenged-until now. When a ruthless army advances on Epertase, the Light determines that corrupt King Elijah is no longer fit to rule and his daughter, Princess Alina, is the kingdom's only hope for salvation. When evil men violently abduct her, Epertase's fall appears inevitable. But all is not lost, for Alina has a secret lover lurking in the outer mountains; a long-banished warrior willing to bring down armies and King Elijah himself to save her. His name is Rasi and he prepares for blood. Deadly men plan to sacrifice Alina for the Light of Epertase that lives within her soul. Rasi plans to kill all who try. The kingdom's fate hangs in the balance.

Review: Douglas R. Brown expertly crafts a complex and fascinating epic fantasy in Legends Reborn.

Rasi is tired of war, even though he’s up for the captain’s position of the Epertasean army. On the night he decides to reject the position, he witnesses a horrific attack upon a young woman. Now sentenced to die for her death, he must find a way to survive because Epertase doesn’t know that it needs him to survive the growing threat upon the horizon.

Legends Reborn drew me into the rich fantasy world of Epertase. The characters are well-developed and aren’t always quite what they seem with their agendas. The complexity of the worldbuilding felt realistic and reminded me of how the Native Americans (Epertase) must’ve viewed the Europeans (Teks). Yet Brown does a fantastic job to keep the reader in the moment and not bogging the reader down with the backstory and worldbuilding. I cared about these characters and what would happen to them.

Legends Reborn by Douglas R. Brown is epic fantasy at its best. I look forward to reading book two, A Kingdom’s Fall.

Five Bookworms = I loved it!