Tuning the Symphony: A Science Fantasy Space Opera (Tales of the Dissolutionverse Book 2) Kindle Edition
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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 : 766 KB
- Publication Date : March 13, 2016
- Print Length : 161 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Space Wizard Science Fantasy; 1st Edition (March 13, 2016)
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01CYJFOFA
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #612,714 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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A potential profession of a magic user is that of psychology. That profession is what the protagonist, Rilan, aspires to be. Rilan at the start of the novel is about to ascend from apprentice to fully fledged majus. She endures trials, competing against Vethis, an elitist apprentice she has contempt for as he is of a higher social standing and holds it above others. Although the worlds of the universe are connected through the Grand Symphony and magic, schisms of old remand. Classism and xenophobia are still alive and well.
But the novel doesn't primarily dwell on those themes. They are lurking off to the side but it's mostly about magic and people trying to abuse it. The plot feels like it could have been broken into two distinct parts, instead it sort of just flows and it feels a little bit strange.
But that didn't bother me that much as I was really enjoying what was going on. The pace was breezy and things were introduced at a comfortable pace. Getting a feel for the world as a treat and I loved the inclusion of artwork of the characters. It helped me visualize the aesthetic and the images were by themselves gorgeous.
The characters were on the flatter side, though. I wished there was more personally about them. Like I wanted a deeper feel into their being. I was left wanting. I want more of them. So the novel really enticed me in that sense.
That it did make me desire more of this world means that Tuning the Symphony was a novel that I enjoyed. So I would definitely recommend it for fantasy fans. The world was intriguing and it was a real page turner. Try it out!
Synopsis (from back cover): Change one note and the universe changes with the Symphony.
One apprentice will become a full majus today. The other will wait months for another suitable challenger. Rilan Ayama is skilled in using her song to change the Grand Symphony of the universe, but her opponent, Vethis, is crafty, and not above a little simple bribery. Though Rilan is counting on the support of her closest friend Origon, he remains absent. She has only a cryptic note saying important matters of his family take precedence, and he needs her help. The mystery pulls Rilan's attention away from the most important test of her life.
Maji create portals between the far flung planets of the Great Assembly of Species, but many places still remain out of easy reach. A search for Origon's brother leads Rilan and her friend across the wilds of one of the ten homeworlds. There, Rilan's fledgling skills are pushed to their limits as they investigate a secret that could bring down all six houses of the maji.
Top reviews from other countries
The best part for me in visiting the Dissolution-verse, is feeling like I am with old friends, characters that I like to think I know well, and happily would sit down with in the local tavern to analyse, argue and chuckle over the stories of their adventures.