UPRISING and balance

On the dedication page of Uprising (released today!)you’ll find a quote from Lanaril Satran, the Lead Templar of Blacksun Temple.

Lanaril quote

Being a templar, Lanaril is of course speaking on several levels. “The body” can refer to an individual, a couple, a community—or an entire culture.

Uprising has many themes running through its epic length. It looks at the way tribal thinking narrows one’s vision, the tendency of anger to rebound on the one wielding it, the power of collective action, and how the weight of injustice becomes its own enforcement.

But most of all, Uprising speaks to the importance of balancing head and heart. Good governance is not just practical decision-making; it must also take into account the emotional well-being of constituents. Good intentions driven by emotion are not enough by themselves; they must take into account the ramifications of a decision.

Andira Tal has been the leader Alsea needed through alien invasion and galactic relations, cultural upheaval, and a coup against the democratic foundations of the unified government. She is a savvy strategist who plans several moves ahead. Yet that same cool, practical thinking limits her as well.

Salomen Opah never wanted to be in politics. She is tied to the land, passionate in defense of her family and caste, and prone to speaking and acting without thinking first. She shares with Tal a strong sense of duty and a willingness to fight for what is right, but her fight comes from belief, not strategy.

They are head and heart. In Uprising, they are both right—and both wrong. The path they take to find a balance will change Alsea forever.

Uprising is available in paperback on Amazon and e-book everywhere. This portal will lead you to whichever version and store is your preference: Nook, Kobo, Amazon, Apple, etc.

May you have a peaceful Easter weekend, with a gloriously epic book to dive into and a good supply of high-quality snacks. And may you find your own balance.

About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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33 Responses to UPRISING and balance

  1. Annie Robinson says:

    Well!!!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    I’m on my second reading- it’s wonderful. But I think maybe you already knew that.
    My 5star non spoiler review will follow after I’ve had a chance to let the book “settle”. And I have had a chance reflect.
    PS The Lanaril Quote is perfect and of course applies to me and my wife too. I’m the head she’s the heart

    • Thank you! I look forward to that review…though this one was already a great way to start my day. ❤

      • Annie Robinson says:

        Just finished my 2nd read through… it’s getting better each time.
        I’ve decided to order an actual paperback version as every now and then it is a treat to turn real pages.
        I also have just seen the first 5 star review is up. Your public is looking very happy!
        AND you say book 9 is emerging into the light.
        Alsea needs its chronicle writer: semicolons, commas, come what may!
        So we hope you will stay inspired and keep the creative work coming.
        Best wishes and thank you for a really fabulous book 8.

        • Thank you, Annie! I love knowing there are paperbacks out there, living on shelves and hopefully being loved. It gives me the creative juice to work on Book 9…

          • Annie Robinson says:

            Hi Fletcher!
            My crisp new paperback book 8 just arrived and it’s so luscious 😎❤️🌈✅
            I’m going to enjoy turning the pages – carefully of course, so as not to wrench the spine!
            Best wishes for your post publication recovery and I hope you’re starting to get the itch to begin carving the words of book 9.

          • I’m jealous! I haven’t even gotten my author’s copies yet. Need to take care of that tomorrow. Also, I love the use of “luscious” to describe it. Can’t wait to feel the lusciousness myself. 🙂

          • Annie Robinson says:

            I took a photo,! But can’t work how to embed it here… was thinking of sticking it in the Amazon review

          • Oh, def. stick it in the Amazon review. It gives it visibility and also goes up in a special section up top for “customer images.” That would be great!

          • Annie Robinson says:

            It’s posted up on amazon U.K. under the paperback photo attached. My ID is:

          • What a fantastic review! Thank you so much for the thought and craft you clearly put into it. ❤ As for Book 9, damn, the pressure is on.

          • Annie Robinson says:

            You’re very welcome 😊
            I did want to say a bit more than “it’s the best yet” … although that would be true too!
            What is really something is the way you seem to pull off the different genres: eg Vellmar the Blade vs Space adventures in Resilience vs Outcaste (la lifespan Novel) and now Uprising. So yup. Definitely pressure on for book 9. ❤️🌈😎
            PS btw I’m rooting for some romance in Micah’s life – don’t think I didn’t notice his reactions to a certain Gaian Chief Surgeon…😉 fingers crossed 🤞

          • [lips zipped] 😉

          • Annie Robinson says:

            Oh really!? 😉 how encouraging and how exciting.
            On a completely different tack, did you give any thought to whether Alsean can birth twins?
            I just like the idea of how the gene empathy might toggle on/ off. I’m the eldest of three. My baby sisters are twins…

          • LOL.

            On that tack, yes, absolutely there can be twins. I might have to explore that in the next series. Surely twins would be more empathically sensitive to each other, regardless of their empathy rating…

  2. Amisha Patel says:

    Thank you for a fantastic read. Will be reading the entire series again

  3. MJS says:

    I just did a re-read of books 6-8 and wanted to ask about this scene when Dr Wells is monitoring the first group sharing.

    “Beside her, Ekatya looked as if she had been struck. She rubbed the back of her neck, then dropped her hand into her lap with a melancholy smile.”

    What is Ekatya melancholy about here? Is it because Salomen and Tal’s bond is stronger than Tal’s bond with her?

    Also wanted to say that my mother passed a few years ago and the scene towards the end with Salomen and the Prime Producer where they discuss Nashta:

    “I think I know a little more about what drives you. You’re listening for an approval you can no longer hear. That voice is inside you now. Listen for it there.”

    and then with Salomen and Shikal:

    “I wish I could hear her. Just one more time. Why does it suddenly hurt more?”

    always makes me tear up. It’s so closely mirrors my own grief and thoughts, but Tal’s reassurance is also lovely, and always inspires me to do my own count. I just wanted to let you know how meaningful those scenes are to me.

    • Ekatya’s melancholy is from the realization that even while she mourned Tal’s loneliness at the end of The Caphenon, seeing her in such a strong bond with someone else is not easy. She’s happy for Tal and yet…love is a complicated entity with few tidy answers.

      Thank you for sharing how Salomen’s grief and thoughts touched you. So many of us can relate to that kind of loss, yet we seldom see it explored in fiction — the quiet, older grief of a loss already past, already mourned…yet still holding us with the strength of love given and received.

      • MJS says:

        Thanks for clarifying, I thought it might be something like that. Another question (sorry, I find the bonds between them all fascinating), Lhyn and Salomen’s bond seems much stronger in book 8, does that have anything to do with the first Sharing they did being just the two of them? Is it like Ekatya and Tal? Ekatya and Salomen and Lyhn and Tal haven’t had Sharings just between those pairs right? Since the foursome Sharings seem to be building bonds between them all are they all actually tyrees now?

        • Well, this is a hugely delayed reply, but suffice to say that the foursome Sharings are indeed building bonds between them all, of varying strengths, and those will have immense repercussions on the final two books of the series — which are coming out this summer! Look for news on Alsea Rising.

          • Annie Robinson says:

            Fletcher – wow! Not just one but two more books from Alsea? (You said the next book was long – long is very very good)
            This summer! With all the dire news in the world the prospect of a double whammy Alsea Chronicle has put a big smile on my face. Hope the editing and production is going smoothly.
            Best wishes from London

          • MJS says:

            Thanks for the reply, I love how the bonds play out, so can’t wait to see what happens.

            And the book news comes with mixed emotions, on one hand hand, yay, two more books! And on the other hand, I’m sad there’s only going to be two more books. LOL.

          • Only two more books *in this series.* There will be a new Alsea series (possibly two!) incorporating both new characters and old ones. 😊

          • Annie Robinson says:

            Well that’s fantastic news. I think it’s just brilliant that you’ve got all these story arcs just waiting to hit the creative spaces!
            Your readership are willing you on!
            All the best
            PS do you dare hint at the Alsea Rising pre-order date on Amazon?
            PPS. Hoping for lovely lush artwork on the paper edition…

  4. Annie — yes, I started out writing one, but it soon became clear that I’d end up with either a massive single tome or much more reasonable two volumes. There were too many story arcs to tie up, in combination with the arc of this book as well. So, you’ll have a good, long immersion in Alsea!

    • Annie Robinson says:

      Rather like “Without a Front”… hmmm ☺️🌈✅
      That’s such treat to look forward to (and don’t we just need treats right now). Do you have a title yet?
      Oh and many thanks for responding to my “can Alseans give birth to twins?” Question. I must have missed the notification somehow.
      Are there twins in the new double time?
      Best wishes

      • Annie Robinson says:

        ***Tome not time !!!

      • The title is “Alsea Rising.” As for twins…no. But babies? Yes. Also, my internal spelling corrector already fixed “tome” as I read the sentence. 😉

        • Annie Robinson says:

          Babies!!!! Great. I’m feeling like a grandmother in anticipation!
          Twins no? Oh well. I live in hope for your next saga.
          Thanks for the title update.

        • Annie Robinson says:

          Just checking in to say I’m re-reading from the Caphenon onwards…. and of course hoping by the time I get to the epilogue at end of Uprising, there will be the next instalment waiting on my kindle?!

          How are things going in the final publishing phase?
          Reading in hope!
          Best wishes

          • Things are going well, and we’re on target for a release at end of July/early August. Read slowly!

          • Annie Robinson says:

            Thank you for the timeline! That’s tough 😬
            I will have to pace myself…But presumably pre-order on Amazon etc will get the excitement level up before too long?

  5. MJS says:

    I’m all for everything Alsea, so two more series is great news, can’t wait!

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