A World Apart is an epic fantasy of betrayal and redemption. It is not a quick or light read, and I had difficulty getting invested in it. However, the novel moves well once you get past the first couple of chapters. Excellent characterizations move the plot along.
If you like adventure, and pirates mixed with characters quests for love, and vengeance, and a little magic then this is your book.
David has a gritty style to his writing that is rather unique. His solid prose will immerse the reader into his characters trials. At times a reader can feel the pitching of the ships deck, or scuffing of their feet on a dry dusty path. You will become invested in the characters. But be forewarned, you may have difficulty deciding just who to root for. There were a couple of strong female characters that I thought were a refreshing touch.
I read this book as part of the Goddess Fish Virtual Blog Tour, and was supplied with a PDF. Take my advice, buy the book, It is a real challenge getting through a lengthy novel looking at a computer screen.
Reviewed by Jackie Anton
Demetrius makes his first mistake when he lets his best friend Halcyon marry Eleyna, the love of his life, without saying a word. On the day of the wedding, he walks away from the Elencheran town of Dove’s Meadow and joins the army.
He makes his second mistake when the pirate Black Iris tricks him into letting dozens of men, women and children die in a fire. Demetrius is imprisoned in grief and disgrace.
But he can atone. The Black Iris is dead. The Ivory Rose has risen to the top of the pirates and is leading brutal raids on the coast. If Demetrius can capture and kill her, he’ll win his pardon.
And then Demetrius discovers the Ivory Rose is Eleyna. He must decide which will be his third mistake: losing his last chance at a pardon or destroying the one woman he’s ever loved.