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Interview with Christian A Brown

Bookcast | Interview with Christian A Brown

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

It’s technically still Wednesday so the podcast isn’t late this week! Hurrah! This week we have an absolutely amazing podcast! We were lucky enough to sit down with the author of Feast of Fates, Christian A Brown! We talked about his series, life, and a few serious issues as well, so definitely a must listen to! Also, Helga’s views on the Nordic countries are purely her own, so don’t send anyone else any hate mail! INTERVIEW IS FULL SPOILERS!!

Sorry for some of the audio issues during the podcast. We didn’t record as we normally do, which apparently also gave my pupper Frodo the license to squeak at inopportune times. Yikes!

New intro music!
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Next week we start Pride and Prejudice and Zombies so pick up your copy today and start reading! We’re reading up to but not including Chapter 19!

Bookcast Feast of Fates pt3

Bookcast | Feast of Fates pt4

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

Another week, another day late. So sorry about that guys! I just started classes again this week, so it’s been a bit of a juggle between full-time work, the podcast, and mental health issues. BUT WE FINALLY FINISHED FEAST OF FATES! AHHHH we had so much to say! Things exploded in the final quarter of the book, giving all of us more than we were hoping for, including an epilogue that killed us!

Check out this great web comic Hollow that is full of beautiful artwork! Hollow, a webcomic

Just a short post-show on Patreon tonight. We’ll likely be putting our patreon on temporary hiatus for a bit as we revamp our podcast format in general. Expect post-shows for the rest of the month however.

February’s book of the month is one sure to make you eat your heart out. We’ll be reading Pride and Prejudice and Zombies  so pick up a copy and get ready to read with us!

 

Bookcast Feast of Fates pt3

Bookcast | Feast of Fates pt3

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

Oopsie doodle! Technical difficulties have led to this week’s podcast being a day late! Sadly, it’s also a dollar short as the podcast was one of our shorter ones, coming in at just over half an hour. Mostly due to the fact that we all agreed with one another and the story is busy preparing the stage for the climax of the novel. We touch upon WHY Sorren is my favourite rotten son, Helga goes in on the term Mary Sue, Ally gets her happy ending, and Tasha wants to see someone get gutted.

No post-show today 🙁 Expect some news about our patreon in the next podcast!

 

Bookcast Feast of Fates pt2

Bookcast | Feast of Fates pt2

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

We start getting to the meat of the book as characters go forth and mingle with one another and the world. Lulu has a frighteningly disturbing favorite character, Decon reads ahead, Helga hates a man, and Ally has a hopeful dream for her faves. Lots of fun talk this week!

Also, everyone a huge shout-out to author Christian A Brown for checking out the podcast last week and blogging about it. That was super cool and great to experience interaction with an author about a book the group is reading! Seriously, go check out his amazing response to last week’s show on his website!

Patreon sponsors! Enjoy this week’s mish-mash of a post-show as we respond to Christian A Brown’s blog, and talk a bit about what we hope will happen, as well as the sick ass dagger Morrigan and Caenith create! Next week for everyone following along, we’ll be reading up to section XVII The Long Nightmare NOT including that chapter.

Bookcast Feast of Fates

Bookcast | Feast of Fates pt1

Welcome to the Roadside Reads Bookcast!

Be warned, there is foul language!

Welcome to 2017! We start the new year off with a strong book, Feast of Fates by Christian A Brown! There is a trigger warning for r ^ p e so please keep that in mind. Things do get serious in the conversation, but we’re still silly for most of it, talking about the invention of umbrellas. Post show will go up later today for patreon sponsors!

For those reading along, the next section ends at the 53% mark, reading up to section 12 An Unforgotten Debt not including that section or chapter.

Man Crush Monday

Man Crush Monday – February 29, 2016

Man Crush Monday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Roadside Reader meant to show some loving to our favourite literary males! From obvious choices like your Jace Herondales and Mr. Darcys, to more obscure or debateable characters such as the Nicolas de Lenfents or Heathcliffs of the world, here is your chance to make your case on their behalf!

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Today’s MCM is…. a mess. No one should like him. He is thoroughly unlikeable, a psychotic sadist who throws tantrums when things don’t go his way. And yet, I really, really like him as a character. As I just finished Feast of Fates, I have been unable to think of anything else. Therefore, seems only logical that my MCM be a character from there. A character I doubt anyone else cares for, and yet I do.

Sorren Blackbriar, the psychotic necromancer.

He is a villain, truly, but then again, I do seem to have a thing for villains (hello Mairon and Melkor). As a youth, he was studious, and in his mother’s eyes, weak and soft.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS

Yet, everything changed when he discovered his wife was in love with his brother, and had given birth not to the son he thought was his, but rather his nephew. He snapped, demanding death and retribution. Anger bubbling out of him towards the brother that was destined to have it all, taking even his wife from him.

“It never mattered how smart or powerful I was, that I was the one with magik and you were only good with wit and a blade. Somehow, you always managed to achieve what I could not. You grew stronger and more handsome than I did. You could hold your own in a fight as well as a debate. Were it not for your treachery, I might never have seen the simplest solution to this problem. The problem of always being in your shadow. Killing you.”
XIII The Escape I

END SPOILERS END SPOILERS END SPOILERS END SPOILERS 

I just, he is such a whiny baby, and such an evil character. Yet, I like him. This is a testament to how well author Christian Brown can flesh a character out, so that even villains are multi-faceted and relateable, to a degree.

Feast of Fates by Christian A Brown

Feast of Fates by Christian A Brown

Synopsis

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.

Feast of Fates (Four Feasts Till Darkness Vol1)
Christian A Brown
Publisher: CreateSpace 
Publication: July 2014
Genre: Epic Fantasy, Witchy, Shifters
I received this title for free in exchange for an honest review
Locate: amazon | b&n | book depository
Rated: ★★★★

Feast of Fates by Christian A Brown

This book BLEW ME AWAY! Once I really started getting into it, I could not put it down. Absolutely something that I needed to find in the Epic Fantasy genre that feels new and familiar at the same time. Feast of Fates by Christian A Brown is a book that is a must read for fans of Lord of the Rings and A Song of Ice and Fire.

I confess, I am a horrible person. When I first started this book, I had no idea what I was getting into. I picked it up in 2014 and read the first 10% and thought, this is not what I had in mind. At the start, you meet the three fates and I thought yes, this is good. I like this. But then, viewpoint switches over to handmaiden Morigan and a smith named Caenith. Things seemed to get hot and heavy and that was when I put the book away for a LONG time. I didn’t want to read another epic fantasy with gratuitous sex or romance.

Finally, earlier this month, I decided to finish reading all of the books I picked up but put away, and came back to Feast of Fates. I am a fool for putting it down when I did. Right as their romance is starting, viewpoint switches again and things GET GOOD. We meet the rest of the main players of Geadhain: a pair of immortal Kings born of the earth and time itself (so it seems), a pair of Queens fighting a war away from the Kings, a former pleasure slave turned spy messenger, a reanimated dead man, an elderly mage, a wolf in men’s clothing, a metal mouth sadist, a selkie, and a psychotic necromancer. All of these wildly different characters (and more I’ve not mentioned) connected. Where one moves, the others follow and react in an elegant dance of intrigue and warfare. And through it all remain Morigan, the handmaiden, finding the threads of each character attached to her.

The characters are amazingly fleshed out. I want to know about all of them, the Kings, the Fates, Sorren (who is a horror and a madman, yet one of my favourites?!). They each carry their own voice through the book and their motivations for their journey remain true. Morigan, the main heroine, rings likeable and believable, which is quite a feat considering her origin and powers. Mr. Brown tactfully was able to ground her, show that she is not invincible, that she is not a “Mary Sue” (a term I despise.)

As I mentioned earlier, the book reminded a bit of the A Song of Ice and Fire series. It has the intrigue and multiple converging storylines and characters, but not the gratuitousness for the sake of being gratuitous that ASOIAF has. It does amazingly well with world building, creating unique biomes with their own cultures, landscapes, and rules.

For me, however, where the story truly thrives, is in its writing. That is where I think of Lord of the Rings. It feels epic. It feels grand. The writing is descriptive, but purposeful. It does not over encumber the reader. Every word feels carefully chosen, every description and detail given means something and brings knowledge to the reader. There is also a big great doom as one (if not the) main enemy, but as Sauron was the enemy in LotR, and Melkor before him. There are bonds created through necessity, through kinship, through blood.

The second I finished Feast of Fates by Christian A Brown, I immediately told my fellow fantasy readers, go, buy this now, read it. I myself am buying a physical copy of this and of the next instalment in the series, Feast of Dreams, which I cannot wait to begin (but will have to for the time being).

Quotes & Excerpts

As he left the bed, kissing her upon the shoulder, she was so calm and sleepy that she didn’t reach out to him when she should have. For without any magik, but merely in her heart, she knew that this was the last she was to see of her bloodmate, her immortal and beautiful king, for a long, long time.
IV The Black Queen

Those not walking rode the streets in carriages, with metal-and-meat horses that carried the faint herb-and-formaldehyde waft of preserved flesh. Beasts animated and repurposed from dead parts were these; enhanced with plating, pistoned legs, and nictating eyes so they could navigate farther and faster than a natural of their species
V The Mouse : I

“When I saw you and Magnus together, your harmony reminded me of a love that had been ripped from my heart, and it brought me as much pain as it did joy.”
[…]
“Thackery, what are friends if not comforts to your sadness? Do not feed your darkness selfishly. We have seen what can become of a man once that path is taken.”
VIII The Heart of the King

“I cannot separate myself from the sins in my blood any more than you can separate yourself from your bloodthirstiness. Nor should I, nor should you, for it is these struggles that define us. We are what we are, Wolf, though we can always try to be something better. I now that you understand this.”
XVII The Long Nightmare : II

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Thursday Quotables

Thursday Quotables: Feast of Fates

Thursday Quotables is a weekly book meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies, showcasing your favourite book quote of the week. This week, I’ve got an AMAZING quote that just captivated me right into the book I’ve picked up again, Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown.

Feast of Fates, by Christian A. Brown

 

Those not walking rode the streets in carriages, with metal-and-meat horses that carried the faint herb-and-formaldehyde waft of preserved flesh. Beasts animated and repurposed from dead parts were these; enhanced with plating, pistoned legs, and nictitating eyes so that they could navigate farther and faster than a natural of their species.
[….]
Scarce was the smile that was seen on the cheeks of a Menosian, for it was a society that valued mind and power over empathy and weakness. It was a hierarchy of predators, where the weak were food for the strong.

V – The Mouse

 

 

I DIED when I got to this section. Honestly, I had put this book down a year ago because I just wasn’t in the right headspace and couldn’t get into the beginning. But as soon as I picked it back up again and hit that chapter, I was just hooked. I could not believe I ever stopped reading this. Just, so dark and predatory, it is exactly what I love. I cannot wait to finish this and have the review up next week!

What was your quote of the week?