Molly Reviews and Interview: Architects of Destiny by Amy DuBoff (Cadicle Book 1)

Out of sight beyond Earth, the Taran empire spans the galaxy from its seat of power on Tararia.

Cris Sietinen was born with rare telekinetic gifts—abilities he refuses to ignore, regardless of the governing Priesthood’s decrees. But, as heir to the most influential Dynasty on Tararia, only a stifled life of business and politics awaits him within the confines of his family’s estate. Determined to be true to himself and explore the potential of his abilities, Cris leaves Tararia to begin a new life touring the stars. When Cris unexpectedly receives an invitation to join the Tararian Selective Service (TSS), the only organization to offer an official telekinesis training program, a new future awaits. It’s his dream opportunity to be among people like himself, free from the Priesthood and political objectives. Except, Cris’ path was designed, and he’s right where the Priesthood wants him.

Architects of Destiny is the first installment in the Cadicle series. A fast-paced space adventure with intrigue, coming-of-age and romance, this short novel is a prelude to the defining events in Tararia’s history in the ensuing years.

Is it possible to change destiny? The Cadicle series follows three generations of the pivotal Sietinen Dynasty as each learns their part in an elaborately orchestrated galactic conflict. Torn by politics, love and war, the Cadicle and those he holds most dear must choose between duty and morality as the true nature of their purpose unfolds. Through their roles as Agents in the Tararian Selective Service, they will be on the front lines of space battles, but the political skirmishes they must face on Tararia could prove just as dangerous. The Cadicle holds the key to winning both, but at what cost?

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This story was really interesting. It was a bit predictable since it follows the common science fiction themes for YA and NA audiences. It’s a good start to a series but ends in a way that makes you have to pick up the next to find out what happens and how things end. There are regular intervals of large info dumps in the story. They’re usually about the surroundings or locations but it does tend to pull you out of the story a bit. The romance subplot is thin and towards the end. However I think this book is perfect for the YA and NA readership. They will enjoy it and find it very engaging.
The way this society is set up is completely fascinating. There’s all kinds of people working together and against each other and against together! You can see the alliances forming as you read. It’s going to be interesting to see how things play out between The Priesthood, The TSS and The High Dynasties.
Three and a half

Molly: What music, if any do you listen to when you write?
Amy: I love listening to the genre known as “epic music” while writing—it’s typically used as the music in trailers or as movie/game soundtracks. Since it’s orchestral and doesn’t have English lyrics, it makes a great background for writing. Plus, there’s some music to capture just about every emotion, so I can always find something to fit the mood of a given scene. My favorite composition group is Two Steps from Hell.
Molly: Are you a full time writer, or part time writer?
Amy: I am a part-time writer… for now.
Molly: Do you hope to one day be a full time writer?
Amy: I hope to transition to writing full-time within the next two years. It’s been just shy of a year since I started publishing, and it’s only affirmed that this is what I want to do as my career. My husband has been wonderfully supportive as we’ve begun the preparations for me to be able to leave my day job. I’m looking forward to the transition!
Molly: Do you have a word count per day you try to hit?
Amy: When I’m in writing-mode on a book, I like to hit at least 1,000 words/day. However, between books, weeks will go by without me writing anything. Conversely, if I get behind on my work plan, then sometimes I’ll need to block out a day where I’ll force myself to write 5,000 words to get back on track. However, I try to pace myself at around a 1,000 average because that feels achievable when balancing with my day job. Some days, though, the words just aren’t flowing; in those times, I’ll play catch-up later on. With that said, word count isn’t a hard and fast metric for me. Rather, I will often set a goal to accomplish a particular scene. It might come from my background in business writing, but thinking of the novel as a collection of scenes helps me break it up into manageable pieces for me to complete.
Molly: When you finish writing a book, how long before you begin writing the next one?
Amy: As much as I would love to immediately dive into the next book, I do need a mental breather. I like to take about three weeks after a book release before beginning to work in earnest on the next. This allows me to gain a level of objectivity and have the writing be fun rather than feeling monotonous. I hope that this recovery time will be shortened once I’m no longer dividing my energy with my day job.

About Amy:
Amy has always loved science fiction—books, movies, shows and games. She was born in San Diego, Calif., and moved with her family to Vancouver, Wash., at the age of seven. After devouring some of the classics like Dune and Ender’s Game in her tween years, she began writing science fiction and fantasy short stories.

In the ensuing years, Amy attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, where she continued to study creative writing, visual art and played viola in the school orchestra. During this time, she began the very early sketches of what would eventally evolve into the Cadicle series.

Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and also pursued minors in Professional Writing and Business Administration. After graduating, she moved to Portland, Ore., and began working in business development for an energy efficiency consulting firm. Over the next several years, she primarily wrote proposals to prospective utility clients and managed the proposal development process. She recently transitioned from energy efficiency into the architectural, engineering and planning industry.

Amy currently lives in Portland, Ore., with her husband. When she’s not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series and playing epic strategy board games.

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