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Witchell: A Symphony [Kindle Edition]

F. Trantham
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Happily exiled to a semblance of normalcy, Tavin Witchell has deliberately forgotten that he is also Baron Witchell. He hasn't used magic properly in years, and he's barely thought about the stagnant Mageplane and its stifling society of mages. The worst of his troubles have been maintaining his family's dilapidated mansion and making sense of the welcome but confusing affections of his close friend Ben. But when Tavin gets a strange phone call about his brother, he realizes that the derelict magical world must be in its final death throes.

Unfortunately, Tavin's best friend Amelia and his niece Emmaliss have talents that could be warped to resurrect the dying world. Hoping to hide them from those that would sacrifice their fledgling talents, Tavin sets romance aside to slip back into his old life as Baron Witchell. He thinks it will be a simple waiting game; convince everyone that Emmaliss is dead and Amelia doesn't exist until the Mageplane breathes its last breath. But instead, he finds himself violently propelled into intrigues that began centuries ago. And Ben’s coming with him.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1334 KB
  • Print Length: 501 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Small Tomatoes Press (January 17, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GZ4685G
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #706,246 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong, involving musical-magical universe December 2, 2013
By Bre
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One of the big things that strikes me about this book is how big and complex it seems, but by stint of good writing is still easy to read and understand. Trantham has done a great job of creating their own unique world of magical mayhem and intrigue, buttressed by a solid cast of quirky characters who all seem to have their own monopoly on sneaky world-changing secrets. As an added bonus, this book encourages you to immerse yourself in music (as you might have guessed from the title). Even if classical isn't your thing, this book is still very relate-able and even amusing in it's musical anecdotes. As someone who lives in a world of music-by-mood, I find myself relating to Tavin deeply and empathizing with his plights throughout this tasty novel.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good magic story, and especially if they like a little magic in their music.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For any sophisticated reader with an open mind! December 6, 2013
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God, I hope this turns into a series…I want more! This book (my first Kindle download ever!) was a terrific and complete surprise. Far from the typical once-over-lightly save-the-world saga with a one-dimensional magical hero and his cardboard cut-out sidekicks, Witchell: A Symphony is a savvy story about likeable but slightly lost and funky characters coming of age…and coming to grips. What really intrigued me was the distinct cultural identity of the “Mageplane”. Theirs isn't a thinly disguised mortal world with magic stuck on like peel-off decals; Trantham first creates a real domain --- similar but apart from ours---with a history, philosophy, and value system all its own, and then gleefully lets the differences sneak up on the reader to challenge his or her most fundamental concepts of love and gender and plain old basic humanity. Lots of layers inside layers inside more layers to enjoy in this one!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! December 6, 2013
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I just finished this book, not what i expected at all. It honestly exceeded anything i could have hoped for and i didnt set it down for 3 days! Really a great read if your looking for something a little complex and completely different! LOVED IT!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will be spreading the word! December 7, 2013
By Jaws
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An engaging and different type of story - in a good way. I'll admit that at times I get a bit lost in some of the asides ( though honestly this happens to me with other authors too) but it does all come together and add to the whole story. I will definitely be telling friends and family about this new author I've found!
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4.0 out of 5 stars loved it! December 14, 2013
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I loved this book. It had a very intriguing beginning but was rather slow and dense with world and character building for the first third or so. At times I did find myself rather confused by the complicated society and magic system but I really liked how there was no 'character is sat down and everything is explained to them' scene. Y the time I was halfway through the book I was completely sucked in and could hardly bear to set the book (well e-reader) down. The development of Tavin as a character and his relationships with Ben/Coco, Claude, Amelia, Lyvance and Emmaliss was very well written and felt natural and real. There are a few minor grammatical errors scattered throughout the book and a dictionary may be needed for some of the more obscure words and terms but it isn't enough to detract from the plot or characters. I'd recommend this book to those aged 16-17+ looking for a non-quest type fantasy. This book was a close contender for the best book I've read this year, I wish there was a 4.5/5 option on Amazon.
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