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On the Isle of Sound and Wonder

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  20 reviews
All but alone, wild but resourceful Mira dreams of life beyond the shores of her mystical island. Isolated by her father, a dark sorcerer bent on vengeance, she has only his servants, an air spirit and a misshapen cast-off, to share her company. When Dante conjures a terrible storm to wash ashore his mortal enemies, Mira must chose between her loyalties to her father and w ...more
Paperback, 1, 322 pages
Published November 21st 2014 by Xchyler Publishing
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Alyson Grauer

The debut novel by Alyson Grauer, On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is an invigorating retelling of Shakespeare's The Tempest with a steampunk twist.

I am not a fan of steampunk, however, in recent times, I’ve read quite a few novels in the genre that have surprised me. On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is one of those books. It’s the writing and ingenuity. In the case of On the Isle of Sound and Wonder, it is also the storyline, the effectively implemente
Jan 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faves
I will admit Steampunk intimidates me. I’m afraid of gadgetry and mechanization that is, basically, over my head. My imagination is so fanciful I need magic in my stories. So, I was slightly intimidated when I picked up On the Isle of Sound and Wonder. But I’m a sucker for covers and LOOK AT THE COVER!! I’m in AWE!

My fears quickly vanished. Grauer marries both magic and mechanics into an intelligent, well-crafted, seamless retelling of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. I was immediately drawn into a vi
Danielle Shipley
Oct 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
The story swept me along with the ease of a wave in a gale, the author’s skillful choreography of questions, revelations, and points of view holding me in thrall page after page. Perhaps it is in part a testament to Grauer’s love of theatre shining through that I felt (uncommonly for me) less like a reader and more like a wide-eyed spectator watching a play unfold on my imagination’s stage, complete with humorous scripting and fantastic special effects. I enjoyed moving back and forth between th ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a book that has something for all audiences. There is action, adventure, peril, magic, love, loss, and a kiss of steampunk – just to keep things interesting. For those students of Shakespeare, this is a delightful romp through the classic story of The Tempest. The characters have been renamed and reimagined to appeal to today’s readers.

There are very few books that capture my attention where I find them hard to put down, this was one of them. Grauer has a knack for creating vibrant, well
Michael Coorlim
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alyson Grauer's On the Isle of Sound and Wonder is a Shakespearean Fantasy Steampunk book based on an adaptation of one of my favorite works. I didn't realize it at first because I'm a terrible book blogger with an enormous backlist, and it took me far too long to get around to reading it. Embarassingly I was almost to the end of the first act before I twigged to the fact that it was an adaptation.

And that's a good thing. It's not a straight-up stage-to-prose conversion. Alyson is more skilled t
Crissy Sutcliffe
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy steampunk, you will enjoy this book. there is a bit of everything from action, to love , to tradjedy, with a bit of magic rolled into one.his book is bassed on "Tempest" by Shakespeare. Mira is the daughter of an exiled duke and she lives on a jungle island. She is a go getter, self sufficient, strong, no nonsense woman who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. All in all, this was an excelent book to escape into.
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of On The Isle of Sound and Wonder in exchange for an honest review.

The further I read, the more I liked this book. I'm not familiar with Shakespear's The Tempest, as it happens, but the human strengths and, particularly, weaknesses and ignorances in each character compacted with layers of schemes that start to unravel in the worst way is something Sound and Wonder shares unmistakably in common with the classic playwright's style. Aly's spin revolves around the shipwrecked crew
Sarah Reads "Reading in Sarah's Corner"
This book was enchanting from the moment I started reading it. Each and every character was mesmerizing as we get lost on the Island of sound and wonder. I absolutely loved the world author Alyson Grauer conjured up for us. This book is one I can see letting my son read in just a few years. He will absolutely love the mystery adventure Alyson created.

The in-depth detail Alyson describes from start to finish was perfect. There were many times I could picture myself right along with Mira, Ferran,
Ai Miller
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ai by: Alyson Grauer
This was a delightful ride--the magic was super fun without feeling intrusive or overbearing, and the story itself managed to be fresh while also definitely echoing back to what little of the original. I might have liked it more if I had more familiarity with the original play (lol I have zero knowledge and my brain is made of swiss cheese). I'm also pretty unfamiliar with steampunk as a genre of writing, but I love how the magic and tech intertwined here, and it felt like it supported the story ...more
Jennifer Lea
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaways. It is a spectacular book and I am pleased to be adding it to my bookshelf.
This is a book that could be enjoyed by a large audience. It is possibly a story more geared to the young adult audience, but can certainly charm a much older one with little effort at all. It has a touch of magic, a hint of mythology and even a little steampunk, through Gonzo, the metal companion to the prince.
I love the character development and the interpersonal storyli
Avaminn F'nett
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I won a free copy of this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

4.5 stars

I really enjoyed this book overall. It had a wide variety of unique characters, is a fantasy, and is a retelling of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," all of those things were just great. It was very well-written. Karaburan and Aureal were my favorites.
The only problem I had with it is that for a steampunk book, there was not enough steampunk. Sure, there were airships and a robot character, but I felt more as though it w
The Artificer
Nov 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me start out by saying that I normally dislike retellings, reboots, relaunches, needless prequels & sequels, etc.

That said, "On the Isle of Sound and Wonder" is no simple line for line retelling of Shakespeare's Tempest with gears glued on. Ms. Grauer has taken the play and remade it, adding new depths and new motivations to familiar characters and story arcs. She had deftly crafted a major touchstone of English Literature into something that, while similar in plot to the original, is e
Spunky N Sassy
Nov 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
~~~Dee's Review~~~

OMG! Stories of magic, curses, spells witches and wizards are normally not my first or even my second choice of reading material. However, since I received this book in exchange for an honest review, .....I read it.

The story was gripping and keeps the reader enthralled even during periods of backtracking. I was so amazed at the graphic detail that made this story come alive. I could see the bolts of lightning, hear the booming thunder and smell the pouring rain. The magical eff
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, the magnificent Alyson Grauer's first, is beautifully written work of art. The characters and setting are well fleshed out and an utter delight to read. I'm not at all familiar with The Tempest, upon which this book was based, but I don't feel that hindered the joy I experienced while reading this. It is my hope that Aly will continue to write more novels in the future and continue to share her imagination and talent with all.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shakespeare can be a tricky thing to adapt, taking on something like the Tempest can be a daunting task.
However I was thrilled with many of the author's decisions and portrayals in "On the Isle of Sound and Wonder" Grauer handles the subject matter with grace and in an entertaining way.
Setting the novel in a steampunk universe makes the magic plausible and interesting and the exploration of the different possibilities whether mechanical or magical was wonderful and engaging.
As the publisher of this book and directly involved in its production, I will refrain from influencing its rating. However, both Steampunk and Shakespeare fans will love this re-imagining of William Shakespeare's last play, The Tempest. Aly is a fabulous writer, her world-building vivid and her characters complex and engaging. Her story, although based on The Tempest, is original and imaginative. This is a great choice for anyone wishing to delve into a world of fantasy.
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I probably read this too quickly, but that's a casualty of being a fast reader holding a wonderful book. Interesting characters who learn and develop, an imaginative and charming reimagining of The Tempest, and writing with superb structure. (Yes, good sentence composition matters!) I loved the book and will absolutely be rereading it!
Sue Marie
Nov 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story telling from a relatively new author. Well written, well developed characters and a storyline that keeps the reader turning the page.

Not a great fan of Steampunk here but this sure caught and held me throughout the story. Highly recommended!
Melissa Bergum
Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
It's a fun read, I haven't read the Tempest, but want to now to see how Alyson has adapted the material.
J. Guay
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
On the Isle of Sound and Wonder (OISW) is, in a word, impressive.

From the very outset of the book you find yourself in an engaging world of magic and machines. Grauer leads you through the mystery of Mira’s peculiar past, and always toward the inevitable destiny one can’t help but anticipate with excitement.

On the Isle of Sound and Wonder by Alyson GrauerThe work is based around Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’, a work that I am not intimately familiar with. However, this novel stands quite well on i
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I love RPGs and tabletop games of all kinds, tea, history (especially the English Renaissance, the Edwardian/Progressive era), costuming, Dr. Pepper, Disney, and fresh notebooks.

My debut novel ON THE ISLE OF SOUND AND WONDER was published by Xchyler Publishing in November 2014. I have a handful of short stories in the wild (in podcast anthologies, print/ebook anthologies, RPG rulebooks, and more).