Bewitching Book Tours — David M. Brown

Research – The Building Blocks of Elenchera

Normally I would find the research side of a project very frustrating,
my impatience to just get writing threatening to take over. However,
when it comes to writing Elenchera I’m fortunate that a lot of my
research leads me down the path of history, which just happens to be my
favourite academic subject.

When the idea for Elenchera first came to me in 1999 I set about
building a new world from scratch. This sadly wasn’t a feat I could
accomplish in seven days, nor could I do it alone. I knew straightaway
I was going to need some help. Step forward history books, an endless
treasure trove of them with enlightening facts, figures, stories, lies
and propaganda from our recent and distant past. One book in particular
would lay the foundations for Elenchera: Cassell’s World History.

This timeline of world events pinpointed the key military and political
battles, advances in industry, science and agriculture and even had
room to devote articles to the one hundred most important figures from
history. I read the book from cover to cover and as I did so all the
most eye-catching moments stayed with me and began to morph into ideas
for the history of Elenchera. Cassell’s World History may have been my
bible but it was easy to draw inspiration from plenty of other

With Elenchera being a fantasy world it was inevitable many of the
characters would fight with swords, bows and axes etc so Ancient and
Medieval Military History became my primary targets in understanding
how battles and sieges are conducted, but also to understand the
motives for going to war in the first place.

I also drew heavily on mythology especially when writing the history of
the six gods that rule Elenchera in the earliest Shards. Norse
mythology and Icelandic Sagas were amongst my best sources here. The
other biggest influences on my writing are both found in Japan and come
in the form of Square Enix’s magnificent Final Fantasy series (the
catalyst that began my writing journey) and the weird and wonderful
anime from Studio Ghibli, spearheaded by Hayao Miyazaki and Isao

In creating Elenchera I found the research not only to be fun and
insightful but it led to some great discoveries for me elsewhere,
discoveries I may never have made were it not for my research.

Book Blurb: 

“The White Oak, Clarendon’s oldest brothel, lured and destroyed men by the thousands. Fezariu was different. He had never been drawn by the White Oak’s vices but the brothel had still ruined him when he was just a boy. 

Salvation came in the form of the Merelax Mercenaries – Elenchera’s most prestigious hired hands. They gave Fezariu the chance to escape from his past. Immersed in the world of dangerous assignments in the colonies Fezariu longed to forget everything about his childhood but only in facing the past would he ever be free of it.”

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Author bio: 

“David Brown was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire, and first conceived the idea of the Elencheran Chronicles at college in 1999. He spent ten years compiling the history of Elenchera, resulting in 47,000+ years of events, 500+ maps, 2000+ pages, several short stories and many much-needed acquaintances with Jack Daniels.

David also has a blog, The World According to Dave (, which features reviews, stories and dramatic tales of the horrors of owning cats.

David now lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, with his wife, Donna, and their six cats.

Fezariu’s Epiphany is his first novel.”

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