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Book Review: Feast of Fates (Four Feasts Till Darkness) (Volume 1) by Christian A. Brown

Feast of Fates (Four Feasts Till Darkness) (Volume 1)
by Christian A. Brown
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services, Inc. and Createspace.
ISBN: 9781495907586

July 28, 2014.
Morigan lives a quiet life as the handmaiden to a fatherly old sorcerer named Thackery. But when she crosses paths with Caenith, a not wholly mortal man, her world changes forever. Their meeting sparks long buried magical powers deep within Morigan. As she attempts to understand her newfound abilities, unbidden visions begin to plague her—visions that show a devastating madness descending on one of the Immortal Kings who rules the land.

With Morigan growing more powerful each day, the leaders of the realm soon realize that this young woman could hold the key to their destruction. Suddenly, Morigan finds herself beset by enemies, and she must master her mysterious gifts if she is to survive.

Morigan runs into Caenith who is an immortal shapeshifter and she begins to change, as the powers within her are released. She has what she calls ‘bees,’ that enable her to get into another’s head and know their past and their thoughts. This helps her, especially when she is kidnapped by a fiend from the iron kingdom of Menos. More than her own powers developing, there is her blood connection with Caenith, becoming his bloodmate. When she is taken, he goes after her with the sorcerer she had worked for, Thackery. Thackery who has connections to Menos himself and who does not want to return, but will for the girl he feels fatherly affection for.

There are other characters in this fantasy, Mouse, the Immortsl Kings, Magnus and Brutus (who are attached to each other like Siamese twins, just not skin to skin), Magnus’ wife, Queen Lila, The Queen’s Sword, and many more, both good and evil. The book is 540 pages, so you will get to know them from their point of views.

A mesh of Lord of the Rings, with flowery writing, and George R.R. Martin’s grittier, realistic high fantasy, with steampunk thrown in (the iron city of Menos plus the carriages that flew through the air even in Eod), Feast of Fates was a mixed bag for me. I admit to some issues with the story (the writer in me)—could have been edited in a few spots which would made less pages, but the story shows promise and it caught me enough at the end to want to see where Mr. Brown takes the characters in the second book.

A fan of George R.R. Martin, JRR Tolkien, and other fantasies? Add in steampunk, along with traces of science fiction, paranormal romance, action/adventure, and even a historical feel for those who enjoy that and this may be the novel for you. It will take you away from the mundane world and draw you into a fantastic adventure. Just don’t forget your sword.

I give Feast of Fates (Four Feasts Till Darkness) (Volume 1) four magical wizard sheep.

Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
“Christian A. Brown has written creatively since the age of six. After spending most of his career in the health and fitness industry, Brown quit his job to care for his mother when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2010.

Having dabbled with the novel that would eventually become Feast of Fates for over a decade, Brown was finally able to finish the project. His mother, who was able to read a beginning version of the novel before she passed away, has since imbued the story with deeper sentiments of loss, love, and meaning. He is proud to now share the finished product with the world.”

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