Genre – Epic Fantasy
Pages – 1104
Publication Information – Sphaira Publishing, May 19, 2018
Format – Kindle
Stars – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
With “Erafeen, Volume One: Books 1-3 (The Erafeen Series)” by David F. Farris, what you get are 3 fantastic epic fantasy books. “The Jestivan, Book 1”, “The Untenable, Book 2”, and “The Uprising, Book 3”. I have each of these books separately in paperback, however, if you don’t own them and would like to, this is a great deal for this set.
“The Jestivan (Erafeen Book One)” debut novel by David F. Farris. This is the beginning of what in my opinion is going to be a fabulous series. When I first started reading this book I thought it might be a little too “young” for my liking. However, once I started getting into the meat of the story I found myself so thoroughly engrossed in the wonderful world and characters that this young writer conjured up. I hate to make comparisons, but if I were to, I would say this book is somewhere between “Harry Potter” and “Game of Thrones” with an Asian (Anime) touch to it. Take a journey you’ll not soon forget to the world of Kuki Sphaira with all its kingdoms and realms, where you will find characters who use special abilities and powers in the time know as K.H., as in 1400 K.H. (Known History). Keep your eyes and ears open for this exciting new artist of words, and the future books in this Epic Fantasy Series, and whatever else he may bring to us. Well done David…
“The Untenable (Erafeen, Book Two)” by David F. Farris is one of the reason I read new, self-publishing and independent writers. This is only David’s second book, but you’d think he’s been at this writing thing for years, as there is a certain maturity to his wordsmithing . It’s a joy to see the growth from one book to the next and you can tell from reading this piece that his heart and soul were left on the pages for us to enjoy and wonder! I was so looking forward to this book after reading the first book in this series “The Jestivan”. This book had more weight to it in substance, quality, and quantity, as it is almost twice the size longer than the first one. His storytelling and world building are phenomenally good and well thought out. The plot and characters are unique and interesting even for a epic fantasy. The flow of the story is smooth, fast and keeps your interest from start to finish. I will be happy to say in the years to come that I read this author when he first started out, and I think he is a writer to be reckoned with as long as his growth continues in the direction it’s going. I highly recommend that if you haven’t read the first book that you do so if you are going to read this one. There is a lot history to the plot and characters that you will most assuredly need to know to keep up with this brilliant piece of fantasy. There is a lot disclosed in this edition of Erafeen and there is much more to come I’m sure.
Excellence and adventure continue in “The Uprising (Erafeen, Book 3)” by David F. Farris. I must start off by saying how much I’ve noticed, and appreciate the growth in David’s work from book one through books two and three. As the characters mature and continue on their adventurous journey they seem to have brought David right along with them, or vice versa. Book one was fun and I thought it had a lot of possibilities and history to be written. Book two showed growth in the abilities of the characters and the storyline. Book three became a major epic fantasy with battles of not only the field but of the mind and heart. The characters are many and some are complicated and complex and require the reader to pay close attention to the background noise and take part in the experience. This is not just a sit back and take in the words kind of read, this really will require you as the reader to become aware of and be educated on each character, kingdom, realm, and plot line. I guess what I’m trying to say is that if you cannot allow yourself to be fully invested in the series you are missing out on a complete and utterly moving experience in reading. David is young in age but his word smithing ability shows he is well beyond those years in his imagination and skill. I always look forward to the next installment of this series and as a matter of fact I have already started reading “The Chronicle, Erafeen, Book 4” (not yet available as of this writing, I’m reading it as an advance reader’s copy) and I can tell you that the growth continues. If epic fantasy is your thing this is a must read, if it’s not your thing I think you should give this one a look see, it might just bring you to the dark or light side…David takes world building and character building to a whole new level.
Synopsis (from back cover): Two empires, ten kingdoms, a school of magic, and a world on the brink of calamity.
The world is crumbling, and it’s up to ten elite students of magic to stop it.
Bryson only wants to surpass the legend of his dead father—a fairy tale hero whose name holds weight throughout the Light Realm. But after sixteen years of mediocrity, the world has given up on Mendac’s son.
Despite his failures, he is invited into a group of elite students known as the Jestivan and elected one of two captains with nothing to show for it but his last name. Requesting the respect of his peers is one thing; talk is cheap. As they are thrust into a millennium-long feud between two kingdoms, he must earn their respect by leading with composure.
Pressure mounts as the real identity of his father-figure is exposed and powerful royals are slaughtered. He will infiltrate foreign kingdoms, hunt kings, and fight celestial beings to dispose of those who wrong not only him, but his friends.
But can he stop one man from resurrecting the most dangerous king to ever live?
Here lies an epic tale of triumph, tragedy, and the purpose of existence.
David F. Farris was that kid who spent all of his birthday money on Yu-Gi-Oh and Pokemon cards. They started his love of storytelling. He’d create his own Pokemon, draw them, give them a biography, physical measurements, attacks, etc. As he grew older—into a bigger kid—he began to draw cartoons through the same process, except in more detail this time. He even drew a block-by-block detailed map of an imaginary city across eight sheets of graph paper. He’d dabble in writing short stories because of his love of Harry Potter, but his specialty was drawing.
Creative writing didn’t become a strong passion until 12th grade, when he wrote a mock epic; The Pokemon Master … Surprise, surprise. But still, he elected to attend Emory University in hopes of bettering his future with something more practical: Organic Chemistry. It took no more than three years for David to realize his mistake and bail.
He became lost after that, as he submerged himself into the depths of competitive gaming. This included double-digit hours of sitting on a chair entirely too close to a monitor with a bottle of Mountain Dew and a box of Nerds by his side at all times. And when he wasn’t doing that, he was working in retail.
Thankfully, he met a friend while gaming. And this friend introduced him to anime. And anime reintroduced him to his passion to build worlds and tell stories. The likes of One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, and Fairy Tail and their massive worlds inspired him to create something just as big. And when he read The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss, it solidified his desire.
That’s how the epic fantasy series, Erafeen, came to be. 7 years of development and writing has gone into the story.