The Sound of Broken Absolutes is a novella originally written for the Unfettered anthology published by Grim Oak press. It's publisher, Shawn Speakman, is a good friend of Peter's. And when Shawn was diagnosed with cancer—for the second time in his life—he decided to publish an anthology to pay his medical debt, asking his friends to contribute stories to the cause.
Orullian's story sits alongside genre giants like Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Terry Brooks, Tad Williams, Peter V. Brett, Mark Lawrence, and more. And it is consistently seen as one of the best stories in the anthology. So much so, that Shawn suggested Peter have it published separately, as a stand-alone. So, here it is. Don't miss the chance to read this beautiful and heart-wrenching tale.
About the book
Two men. One old. One young. Both possess a gift. A gift of music with the power to change things. Even destroy. The younger is called back to his homeland. To war. The other embarks on an inward journey into his past, as he sets to repair a broken viola. An instrument with meaning to him. A resonant kind. The music each man will make will have an absolute quality. And it will change them both.
The book also has sample chapters from Orullian's first two novels: The Unremembered, and Trial of Intentions.
"One of the most beautiful stories I've ever read ... stunningly gorgeous, painfully intimate, and magnificently epic." —The Ranting Dragon
"The Sound of Broken Absolutes offers a theme of rebuilding our broken selves. It resonates perfectly. Orullian pours love and dread into his rich novella about art, loss, and reconstruction. His tale disturbs and ultimately uplifts with the authenticity only possible from a writer who looked life's hadrship in the eye and shook its bony hand." —Paste Magazine
More praise for Peter Orullian
"Trial of Intentions is a grand novel, with a sweeping cast of distinctive characters ... I look forward to seeing where Orullian takes us next!" —Brandon Sanderson, #1 New York Times Bestselling author
“Trial of Intentions is a story of music and magic, of daring and sacrifice, in an intricate and believable world, where characters face difficult and heartbreaking choices. Orullian is doing things I haven’t seen in other books, including an original system of magic. This tale will resonate with readers long after the cover is closed.” —Robin Hobb, New York Times Bestselling author
“Fans of George R.R. Martin or Robert Jordan will love Orullian’s intricate yet nonetheless immersive story.” —Booklist
"A sprawling, complex tale of magic and destiny that won't disappoint its readers," —Terry Brooks, New York Times Bestselling author
“Peter Orullian is a master of dark chocolate fantasy; bitter, harsh and sweet at once. Trail of Intentions grabs us firmly by the breastplate and challenges us to face a world of moral contradictions, stunning characters and harsh choices. An unflinching fantasy.” —Tracy Hickman, New York Times Bestselling author
“Peter Orullian’s Trial of Intentions is a book enormous in scope and in intricacy, with a welter of political, cultural, and magical intrigues, behind which lies the role of song in preserving a myriad of cultures, all of which disagree with each other to some extent, even as it becomes apparent to the reader that, without some degree of cooperation, all will suffer, if not perish. A challenging story about challenged cultures, and one well-told.” —L. E. Modesitt Jr., New York Times Bestselling author
"This is one huge, powerful, compelling, hard-hitting story ... The Vault of Heaven is a major fantasy adventure." —Piers Anthony, New York Times Bestselling author