About the book:
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“The Great Nations of Rendaraia is a scholastic account of the five great nations and their mysterious downfall. The first part briefly documents the history of Arilyness, Lithicus, Mithera, Danrock, and Noda. Each of these nations concentrates on a particular field of learning, from the spiritual knowledge of Mithera, to the architects of Danrock. This specialisation is only possible due to the Hodgeskeen, a nomadic nation that ties the five together through the trade opportunities and transport their air ships provide. One day the Hodgeskeen arrive at the capital of Mithera and find it in ruins with no survivors and no clues as to who or what toppled the nation. The Great Nations fall one after the other, but nobody knows how until it’s too late.
This book is a visual feast filled with detailed maps and stunning illustrations by author, Jayel Draco. The narrative focuses more on the culture and origins of the great nations than the story of what happened to them, but this fits the book’s presentation as a scholar’s effort to preserve history. I love that the author included homosexual relationships and non-binary gendered characters. Rendaraia is one of the most fantastical worlds I’ve ever encountered. The only drawback I found is the names of people and places are a little difficult to remember. The Great Nations of Rendaraia is the sort of book you tuck away with the most treasured novels in your library, removing it from the shelf every now and then simply to admire it.”—Caitlin O’Connor
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About the Soundtrack:
Composed by Jack Schell in collaboration with Jayel Draco, Great Nations Soundtrack is an album of musical accompaniment for the book The Great Nations of Rendaraia from the epic sci-fi fantasy series Children of Gaia. This project was Jack Schell’s final gift of music to the world, as he passed from this realm on June 10th, 2018, not having been able to see it published. It is with great reverence that we thank you on Jack’s behalf for listening with an open heart and letting your mind wander through the soundscapes he created to help you explore the landscapes and magic of the realm of Rendaraia.
In loving memory of Jack Schell, The Soundweaver, August 13, 1959 – June 10, 2018.
Composer for Oneshi Press, Jack Schell, The Soundweaver, created the music for the Children of Gaia : the Great Nations Soundtrack , the Oneshi Press intro video, and several other Oneshi Press projects. Jack drew from a broad range of musical styles and genres to create compositions that evoke visual images in the listener’s mind and form what may be called soundscapes, or musical art pieces. Schell had a unique, signature sound and style that combines uncommon rhythms with sweet, sometimes quirky, fun, and memorable melodies to form original compositions that appeal to all walks of life. From an early age, Jack picked up instruments and made music from them, often with a unique perspective that influenced the sounds he produced. He learned piano, clarinet, drums, and percussion in his childhood. He picked up again with the advent of Atari computer and MIDI music software in the mid-1980s, when he began to compose his signature style of music. With several releases over the last thirty years, Jack created well-rounded soundscapes filled with depth and intrigue. In addition to his website and Facebook , you can also find Jack’s work on spotify, cdbaby, and iTunes.