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About the Author
He currently has five books out, from a coming of age story,to tales of political intrigue, to a Sherlock Holmes-like mystery, to a JulesVerne style adventure, to the first book of an epic space opera, titled THESEEDS OF DISSOLUTION. Several books include LGBT-friendly elements as well.
William is a North Carolina native and a lifelong fan ofscience fiction and fantasy. He has a master's in mechanical engineering, andhas both designed and operated heavy construction machinery. He has alsotrained in Wado-Ryu karate since 2003, and runs his own dojo in Raleigh NC. Heis an avid video and board gamer, a reader, and of course, a writer.
In his spare time, he cosplays with his wife suchcombinations as Steampunk Agent Carter and Jarvis, Jafar and Maleficent, andDoctor Strange and the Ancient One. They also enjoy putting their pets in cutelittle costumes and making them cosplay for the annual Christmas card.
You can get a free Dissolutionverse short story by signingup for William's mailing list at williamctracy.com/contact-me/
Or follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/wctracy for writing updates, cat pictures, and thoughts on martial arts.
- File Size : 3609 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 415 pages
- Publisher : Space Wizard Science Fantasy; 1st Edition (December 19, 2017)
- ASIN : B077V2YHKR
- Publication Date : December 19, 2017
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #703,677 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As far as characters go, I could relate to Sam and his anxiety. However, I thought the message the book sent about medication bordered on dangerous.
The dynamic between Rilan and Origon was fantastic! There personalities were different but compatible, and the tension between them has me hoping something happens between them at some point in the series.
The plot had a slow build at times, but I never lost interest.
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
On a bright August day, the sun disappears.
Sam van Oen barely escapes freezing to death in his house, as his watch stops and fire ceases to burn. He is pulled into the Nether—a nexus between ten alien cultures—where he meets Rilan and Origon, two maji who can control the musical foundation of the universe. While coping with anxiety attacks prompted by his new surroundings, Sam must learn to hear and change the Symphony, and thus reality, in order to discover what happened to his home.
But more freezing voids like the one that started his journey are appearing, and Sam’s chances of getting back are fading. The Assembly of Species is threatening to dissolve and the maji are being attacked by those they protect, while rumors grow of an ancient, shape-changing species of assassins, returning to wage war.
The Dissolution is coming.
“The Seeds of Dissolution” is brilliant, to put it simply. It has everything I love in a book and I'm so glad I didn't let the relationship dynamic put me off.
First of all, the world building was incredibly well done. Anybody who's read a few of my reviews knows it's hard to impress me with that. I have very, very high expectations of Fantasy and SciFi authors and William C. Tracy fulfilled them all. I've read countless books that deal with magic in one way or another, but never before have I come across anything like this. I've seen magic by colours a couple of times, but never by music before. It was a very unique and interesting approach.
The author did a brilliant job of slowly introducing all the different species and really making them all appear distinct and unique. I really enjoyed getting to know the Nether and its inhabitants together with Sam. There were a few drawings throughout the book and they really helped my imagination along.
Over the course of the story, we get to know characters from a few of the different species closer. The character cast was actually quite large, but they all had a very distinct voice. We get four three different POVs, but it's immediately obvious who's head we're in at any given moment.
Our main protagonist is Sam. I really liked him. He's so not your average fantasy hero. He suffers from crippling anxiety attacks, brought on by his agoraphobia and social phobia. That he still makes himself get up every time made him an extremely strong person to me. Far more than any typically perfect fantasy hero you happen across all the time.
The main plot of this book is definitely the fantasy. The romance plays a very minor part overall. This is just the type of book I want to see way more of: a brilliant plot with an MC who just so happens to be homosexual (or bisexual, as in Sam's case). It's incredibly difficult to find a really good fantasy novel with a protagonist who isn't straight. There's plenty of M/M romance with fantasy out there, but it's just not the same. I grew up reading epic fantasy novels and I'm still not much of a romance reader, so this book had me extremely pleased. Thank you, dear author!
Long story short, “The Seeds of Dissolution” is brilliant fantasy. If you are, like me, a lover of epic fantasy with serious world building, then I'm sure you'll love this unique approach of magic. If, however, you're just looking for a nice romance novel with a bit of fantasy, keep looking.
Oh, this was also my first ever MMF book and I actually hesitated before picking it up just because of the relationship dynamic. I am SO glad I decided to diversify my reading habits a while ago. I think “The Seeds of Dissolution” will very likely end up being one of the best books of the year for me. And the best part: This is only part one and there are two more books that are set in the same world (but aren't part of the series). Gonna read those very soon!
The cover is pretty cool. It looks very mysterious. Love those black flowers.
Things I did not care for .... Starting out in more of a current date setting, though at about 7% the MC stepped into another world/dimension .... The annoying agrohobia that made pages annoying to me with the MC about to freeze up or pass out in strange places or in crowds ... This same person wants to be a teacher ??? The bisexual nature of he MC was hinted at until about 67% when he kissed the male of the twins he had become friends with .... The one species that had 3 sexes it? could switch between sometimes the writer used the male or female or whatever the 3rd sex was interchangeably as if the writer forgot which sex the alien claimed to be (unless I lost it) ... A few spelling errors (most books I read seen to have them ... Why writers do not use spell checker is beyond me) ....
I give the book 3 stars because it would be unfair in my mind to lower the rating just because I do not wish to read about a MC's non-traditional partner choices ... I do not recall page flipping which I have done many times in many books, though admit to paragraph skimming. I will not continue with the series