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Discover Fantasy – All at Sea – David Brown (Fourth-Wall Friday)

Today is not just a Fourth-Wall Friday post, today is another stop in the Discovery Fantasy Tour with three great authors, Johnathon Gould, Jeremy Rodden … and David Brown? Wait, I cannot find David Brown! Has anyone seen him? Oh dear *peering out at the ocean* I think we just missed him, I thought I saw it squirming! I hope that was a diving board and not a plank! *sipping a Cabin Goddess Bloody Mary* Well it just goes to show, some folks should stay inside on Friday the 13th!


Siger lifted the large sack onto the main deck of the Aeonian, oblivious to the struggle within its confines. He laid the sack by a pair of beer barrels before helping Eleyna and Halcyon on board.

What did you find?‘ Siger asked.

He put up a bit of a struggle,’ Halcyon added, ‘but the Captain’s most highly sought treasure is now ours.A present for the Captain,’ Eleyna replied, a wry smile on her face.

I’ll let the Captain know,‘ Siger replied, turning and heading for the Captain’s cabin.

The crew of the Aeonian soon gathered on the main deck. The Black Iris – Captain of the Aeonian – stood with his face concealed behind a dark hood and his arms folded.

Open it,’ he said, nodding to Thorkell and Whyte.

The valkayan and elamorgia moved towards the sack cautiously, their swords drawn. Their approaching footsteps did not go unnoticed by the pirates’ prisoner who ceased his movements and awaited his impending release.

Thorkell and Whyte untied the rope around the sack and took a step back as the prisoner within was revealed. He had short brown hair, wonky glasses and an unconvincing goatee beard. He was dressed in jeans with a red sports shirt with the heraldry of Barnsley FC. The prisoner’s hands were tied behind his back and his mouth was gagged.

Whyte quickly released the gag and chuckled as the prisoner began to cough uncontrollably. He squinted until his eyes adjusted to the bright sun shining down on the Aeonian as she continued her course way out into the vast ocean.

Mr Brown, this is an unexpected pleasure,‘ the Black Iris said.

Who are you?‘ Mr Brown asked. ‘What am I doing here? Is this a dream?

So many questions and you won’t even stop for breath to allow me to answer.‘ The Captain stepped forward and knelt before the prisoner. ‘I am the Black Iris, you’re on board my ship, the Aeonian, and we’re currently sailing between Himordia and Tuvol. Oh, and this isn’t a dream. Still need help figuring out where you are?

Elenchera? No, that’s impossible.

I don’t believe in impossible, Mr Brown. The Black Iris doe not wilt in the face of such a foe, he defies it. That is how we brought you here. You see, you have something that we need.

It’s not my football shirt is it? I wore this during the promotion season 2005/6. It might be worth something one day.

If it isn’t gold or jewels, Mr Brown, it’s not worth very much at all.’ The Black Iris turned to a lone woman at the far end of the main deck who was clutching a guitar. ‘Anna, why not play a little, just to relax, Mr Brown.

Anna from her debut album prior to the voyage

Anna nodded and began with a soft melody that fought a brief duel with the ocean breeze.

Sounds like a Beatles’ song,’ Mr Brown said.

What was that?‘ the Black Iris asked.


I see. We’ll be needing you to co-operate, Mr Brown. I have no issue with throwing you overboard or tying you to the bow strip if you need some time to think.

No, no, please, it was just a joke. Just tell me what you want? I have some cats that would love a life at sea.

We know your wife would rather see you at sea, Mr Brown. We asked her. She was very co-operative and supports us in this venture.

Donna is involved in this?‘ Mr Brown asked, shaking his head disbelievingly.

In a way, yes,‘ the Black Iris replied. ‘You see, Donna thinks you have been getting complacent with your writing. You wrote one book but have been taking your time working on a new one. I have brought you here because we need your hands and your imagination.

You’re not going to cut my hands off, are you?

‘If you keep asking ridiculous questions I will, yes. Refrain from interrupting me again Mr Brown and we can conclude this business.‘ The Black Iris paused as Mr Brown considered the proposal. When no words were forthcoming from the prisoner, the Captain felt able to continue. ‘What we want is very simple. You are to start a new book immediately and I want it to feature me and my crew.’

Pirates in Elenchera? Well, there are some but hasn’t the whole pirate theme been overdone in recent years with Jack Sparrow and the Pirates of the Caribbean. There was Cutthroat Island too but I hear that was awful.

We’re not like the pirates from your world, Mr Brown. The ones in your book are going to cast magic.’

Magic? Okay, that might work.

Indeed it will, but this story isn’t primarily about the Black Iris. It is about Eleyna and Halcyon here.‘ The Black Iris pointed to the two friends who briefly engaged Mr Brown in a staring contest before the shy author caved in within five seconds. ‘Eleyna and Halcyon grew up in a town called Dove’s Meadow with their good friend, Demetrius. He joined the Himordian army and is now their enemy. Make sense?

I think so. I remember Himordia. It was in Fezariu’s Epiphany, right?

Fourth-Wall Friday with David Brown‘Captain, are you sure we have the right man?’
Eleyna asked. ‘He seems very slow at grasping this. Does he not realise his life is in danger?

Give him time Eleyna,‘ the Black Iris replied. ‘If he doesn’t write this novel we’ll take him on a little trip to Gremilda to the West Edge.

Okay, I’ll write your book,‘ Mr Brown said. ‘What time do you want it setting in?

Well, this is the Sixteenth Shard, Mr Brown. Check through your notes, your maps, do some reading and stop being so lazy with your work. After a bit of reading you should have the story you need. If not, the Aeonian will stop by your home, with your wife’s permission of course, and you can scrub these decks for a few months.’

I’ll write whatever you want, just don’t hurt me.‘ Mr Brown recoiled as the towering Tuvolan, Siger, approached and untied the author’s hands. Realising he wasn’t about to be brutally murdered, Mr Brown turned back to the Black Iris. ‘What should I call the novel?

The answer will come to you, Mr Brown,‘ the Black Iris said. ‘Now, go back with Eleyna and Halcyon. They’ll take you back to your world, to your time. Just remember one thing though. There are no breaks for writers. Once one book is finished, another must be started. I got to you first because your appalling attitude annoyed me the most but once our story is told there will be others lining up to seek their vengeance against you.‘ The Black Iris nodded. ‘Have a pleasant few months’ writing, Mr Brown.

Siger stood alongside the Black Iris as Eleyna and Halcyon guided the shell-shocked author off the Aeonian and into a rowing boat that would bear him home.

He wasn’t what I was expecting,‘ Siger said.

‘Me neither,‘ the Black Iris replied.

Do you think he knows that authors are the gods of their worlds and that characters can’t actually harm them?

Clearly not. With his imagination alone he could destroy us in a heartbeat. I don’t think he’s realised that yet. It’s good news for us though. We’ll be in his next book once he writes it.‘ The Black Iris glanced up at the skies where grey clouds were gathering imposingly in the distance. ‘Have Whyte keep lookout in the crow’s nest. I want to make sure Mr Brown keeps to his word.

Yes, Captain, right away.

The Black Iris made his way to the poop deck where the elven pilot, Lucius, was steering the vessel. Below, the sound of Anna’s music still filled the air while the rest of the crew were hard at work throughout the Aeonian.

The Black Iris peeled his hood back, before folding his arms and grinning. ‘Over to you, Mr Brown. Let’s see what you’re made of.

About David

David Brown could be considered a fantasy fanatic, especially since he has spent the last 10 years developing a 47,000-year history for his fictional world of Elenchera. When converting his obsession into literary form, David commits himself to a rigorous writing and editing process before his work can meet his approval. Combined with the critical eye of his wife and a BA Honors in History and English, David’s dedication leads him to his goal of inspiring readers through heartfelt stories and characters.

Although David is inspired primarily by fantasy fiction, he also finds his muse in the form of anime, world cinema, history, and biographies. His own books, Fezariu’s Epiphany and the in-progress A World Apart, combine aspects from worlds both old and new into compelling tales of a world not soon forgotten., David himself certainly does not lack a spirit of adventure; in fact, he left his job in 2007 in order to spend a month traveling. Second only to meeting and marrying his wife, David counts this as one of the most amazing experiences of his life.


The Elencheran Chronicles by David M. Brown

12-year-old Fezariu thought his mother died when he was little, but when his beloved stepfather dies the boy discovers she is alive and well – and working at the most famous brothel in all of Elenchera. When she cruelly rejects him it’s more than he can bear, and he runs away to join a band of ruthless soldiers for hire. The Merelax Mercenaries will fight for anyone who can pay them, no matter the justice of the cause.

Fezariu grows up among the soldiers and becomes one of them. He thinks his time with the mercenaries has hardened him. But a campaign in his old home town pushes him too far, and he discovers what really happened to his mother. Maybe there are some things money shouldn’t buy… and maybe it’s time Fezariu took his revenge.


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.



  1. Thank you to the Cabin Goddes for hosting me and making a slot available for the Discover Fantasy Tour.

    Love the images especially. Anna’s an interesting character but I remain tight-lipped about her and the crew of the Aeonian.

    I did write A World Apart as the Black Iris told me and after posting this comment I am going into hiding before any more characters find me and force me to write novel no.3!
    Show me some love!

  2. Fantastic post – well written, David, and beautifully embellished Cabin Goddess! What a team!
    Show me some love!

  3. I think Fourth-Wall Friday posts are some of my favorite and this was a great one for the Discover Fantasy Tour.

    David, you are really going to have to watch out for those characters especially since Donna is conspiring with them!
    Show me some love!

    • You’re right, Angela.

      I always knew my characters were dangerous but I never thought Donna would join forces with them against me.

      I’d best start my next book before it’s too late!
      Show me some love!

      • Fantastic post, thanks!

  4. Thanks for the post! Love the Beatles song comment lol!

  5. Well it seems that you have written the book very well. Hoping that you can write more fantastic books again.


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