The Illusionary Six (Six Chances)

by elmerwynn

Original ONGOING Fantasy Mystery Psychological Sci-fi Anti-Hero Lead Female Lead Male Lead Multiple Lead Characters Ruling Class Secret Identity Strategy Strong Lead War and Military

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Part 1: The Synchronized Six // Chance Ignition to Crimson Volition

What would you do if your life, memories, and feelings were suddenly tied to another person? 
Six people. One life. 
A spoiled prince haunted by a ghost. A big city swindler with a knack for illusions. A cold soldier with a sharp eye. A pirate with a few screws loose. A chieftain’s bookish daughter with carefully bandaged hands. A peacekeeping agent with an eye for vengeance. 
After simultaneously knocking on death’s door, these six find themselves psychically connected across national lines. Tensions rise between them and between their respective countries, which are recovering from a long war over the mysterious vitae—an energy source harvested and utilized in weapons and engines called conductors. Loyalty, memory, and sense of self blur as conspiracies encroach. 
Assassination attempts, a border conflict, a missing peacekeeping agent, a bar shootout, a tale of a bloodthirsty beast, and the terrorist organization ELPIS. 
—Everything is connected. Nothing is coincidental. The spark has ignited…!


Part 2: The Illusionary Six // A Copper Cadence for Solitary Maidens (08.31.20 to ~01.30.21)

The Twin Cities is a place of duality where good coexists with evil. Cadence Morello is adept at this balancing act which is why she has taken to her psychic connection with an Ariesian prince, a Capricorian soldier, a mysterious pirate, a former chieftain's daughter, and a peacekeeper quite well. It has almost been like a dream. However, in this city of illusion, reality cracks along the daydream. Love blurs into hate. Past into present. Selflessness into selfishness. Acceptance to vengeance.
The fragments appear: a reunion with a loved one, a locked cave murder mystery, underground negotiations, a limitless bounty, a citywide war, encounters with True Conductors, and the reemergence of ELPIS who aims to clean the city of sin. The illusion has shattered. It is time to face reality.
The bets have been set. The cards have been played. Now all that's left is to watch the dominoes fall. The secret of ELPIS is finally revealed, and the truth lies close to the heart.


Additionally available here: https://sixchances.com/

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Chapter Name Release Date
Part 1: The Synchronized Six, Appendix & Plot Aid ago
Part 1: The Synchronized Six, Characters ago
(1) Part I | 0.1, 0.2 : Prince, Swindler ago
(2) Part I | 0.3, 0.4 : Soldier, Pirate ago
(3) Part I | 0.5, 0.6: Chieftain Daughter, Peacekeeper ago
(4) Part I | 1.1: Chance Connection ago
(5) Part I | 1.2 : Morello Introduction ago
(6) Part I | 1.3: Waltz Target ago
(7) Part I | 1.4: Gloria Tango ago
(8) Part I | 1.5: Imamu Snip ago
(9) Part I | 1.6: Jericho Track ago
(10) Part I | 1.[]: Underground Doctor on the Battlefield ago
(11) Part I | 2.1: Chance Deflection ago
(12) Part I | 2.2: Morello Verse ago
(13) Part I | 2.3: Waltz Aim ago
(14): Part I | 2.4: Gloria Jive ago
(15) Part I | 2.5: Imamu Prune ago
(16) Part I | 2.6: Jericho Raid ago
(17) Part I | 2.[]: Boy in the Capital ago
(18) Part I | 3.1: Chance Detection ago
(19) Part I | 3.2: Morello Chorus ago
(20) Part I | 3.3: Waltz Trigger ago
(21) Part I | 3.4: Gloria Waltz ago
(22) Part I | 3.5: Imamu Snap ago
(23) Part I | 3.6: Jericho Brutality ago
(24) Part I | 3.[]: Convergence ago
(25) Part I | 4.1: Chance Direction ago
(26) Part I | 4.2: Morello Bridge ago
(27) Part I | 4.3: Waltz Misfire ago
(28) Part I | 4.4: Gloria Twist ago
(29) Part I | 4.5: Imamu Aeriation ago
(30) Part I | 4.[]: Peacekeeper on the Verge ago
(31) Part I | 5.1: Chance Rejection ago
(32) Part I | 5.2: Morello Conclusion ago
(33) Part I | 5.3: Waltz Lock-on ago
(34) Part I | 5.4: GOLDEN BEAST ago
(35) Part I | 5.5: Imamu Cultivar ago
(36) Part I | 6a: Chance Ignition ago
(37) Part I | 6b: Crimson Volition ago
(38) Part I | 6c: Outsiders Looking In (Part I End) ago
Part 2: The Illusionary Six, Characters ago
(39) Part II | 7.0: A Broker's Concern (Malignità) ago
(40) Part II | 7.1: Olive's Bravery (Codardia) ago
(41) Part II | 7.2: Cadence's Family (Conoscenti) ago
(42) Part II | 7.3: Werner's Effficiency (Esitazione) ago
(43) Part II | 7.4: Maria's Hunt (Cacciatore) ago
(44) Part II | 7.5: Atienna's Journey (Soggiorno) ago
(45) Part II | 7.6: Jericho's Peace (Guerra) ago
(46) Part II | 7.[]: A Terrorist's Hate (Amore) ago

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Character driven story with an interesting world

Reviewed at: (28) 4.4: Gloria Twist

Author rewrote the novel and fixed most of my complaints so I updated the review. Old review in spoiler tags.


Style

Writing syle is really good and I enjoyed reading descriptions and flow of the sentences. The story is well guided. Introductory chapters are pretty good, we get the feel for the characters immediatelly, progresses at a good pace and it's easy to follow even though there are six protagonists.


Grammar

For me it was very readable. Maybe I would notice something misspeled/wrong word once per two chapters.

 Story

Story is well thought out. The world is logical and interesting. Vitae is a nice concept, I imagine it as a something between magic in standard fantasy and oil/electricity in our world. And author really thought about how it would affect the world, even though we are not told explicitly, we can see it in the background of how the world functions. Everything seems both believable, logical and strange because it's different from our world.

Character

We have six very different characters. Some I hated, some loved and to some I was indifferent. But they were all craftily made, what they do and how they think makes perfect sense in the world. And their mutual interactions are pure gold. They all seem like a real-life people at this point.


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Overall- Alright, right now I'm gonna give you a TL:DR, but if you wanna continue reading, go ahead. You're wasting precious time on this review and not on this awesome story. This is easily one of the most original things I've found on this site, and I plan on catching up once this review has been written. 

Style - This author has an insane knack for worldbuilding. This world feels expansive and alive. But that's where most stories on this site stop, cool world, horrible execution. Not this. This isn't four billion ideas thrown together and written on a whim. This world has been carefully second, with the story coming first. No infodumps, no walls of exposition batting the reader over the head abotu vitae and ELPIS at the start. Just going right into the characters, becasue that's where this story shines. But we'll get to that later. 

Story - I'm reviewing this at the end of Arc 1, but I'm intrigued to where this goes. Six people, all from different occupations and points of their life, are linked after what seems to be a near death experience. How they're linked, or why, is right now unknonw to me. What seems to be a prevailing them is this world-wdie war over vitae, a mysterious substance used in weaponry and conductos. The Conductors themselves reminded me of Fullmetal Alchemist's take on a superpowered military. What's really driving the story right now is ELPIS, a mysterious terrorist organization which I wanna know more about. But I know that'll come later. 

Grammar -Occasional mistakes here and there, but nothing glaring. Great job! 

Characters- Hoo boy. There are six (!) characters who share a rotating perspective. Usually, that would be enough to make me so confused that I'd be better off just not reading the story at all. Again, not this. Each of these six have such a different viewpoint and addition to the story, that I never got confused on who was who. They have their own little facet of the world they take up and add upon, and I really only dislike one of them right now (Ollie). But the standout for me has to be Cadence. She's like the lovechild of Han Solo and Revy from Black Lagoon. I can tell that her and Werner are going to be battling it out for the favorite character spot as I read further on. Atienna would be a close second for me, because her perspectives just have a lot of cool worldbuilding in them. Jericho and Maria haven't done enough just yet for me to be as intersted in them as Cadence or Werner, but I like them too. Ollie is the only one I can't sttand right now, which I guess is the point. But with seeing how much focus you put on characters, I think he'll develop in time. 

I'm off to go read some more, great work author! 

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Who says I can't solve magical mysteries with five other people in my head?

Reviewed at: (13) Part I | 2.3: Waltz Aim

I got say, I LOVE multiple point of view stories, it's always nice to see a setting and a story through different points of view. And oh boy, does The Illusionairy Six delivers. A great blend between soft fantasy and international intrique with a nice dash of psychic links and mystery.

Style & Story - Style wise it is incredibly well and sets the tone nicely, solid flow and well executed introductions. Story wise it is also incredibly well thought out with a strong foundation for the story's setting, my only fault with how slow the start is: up to the chapter I read too, it felt like six different stories with how distinct they are and how little interaction we got out of the psychic link. I can only assume it gets better when the psychic link becomes more prominent but I felt like it should have been brought for the forefront sooner, even if it was just a few confused conversations amongst the people in the link. So for style 5/5 and story 4.5/5

Grammar - Nothing that took me out of the story so an easy 5/5

Characters - Great characters, all of them are distinct and allow for diverse points of views. I honestly can't wait to see them actually interact with each other and see how they fully interact with each other. 5/5 for sure.

TL;DR - You should definitely give it a start and try not to worry about the slow start! It's an amazing setting and should be worth it to watch the world unfold.

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Slow burn with characters in the forefront and a great setting to boot. What can you ask for more?

Style

Clean and precise. Not flowery and overly ornate. Flows well enough. Also invokes strong imagery with sublime descriptions. The POV shifting can get a bit jarring though. Comes with the nature of the story, I guess.

Grammar

My shortest section as usual. Didn’t notice anything pop out. But again, I am dumb. Take my words with a pinch of salt.

Story

Well thought-out and put together. Really enjoy the pacing. Every separate storyline gels well and provides a cohesive experience, unlike many other multiple POV stories. Also, the world building is done through dripping information instant of dumping them whole, always a plus point in my books. Explosion of many different ideas but still manages to come out as a coherent piece of work, ideas never overshadowing the real highlight of the story, which happens to be, the characters.

Characters

Distinct and individualized. Each of the six main protags have a unique voice and isn't bogged down by the same voice syndrome. Some are likable and some may come off as unlikable. But that just leaves extra room for development. Can’t wait to see where it heads too next

Definitely recommend

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Elmer Wynn created a thrilling sci-fi book full of mystery, action and romance. I really liked it! You keep connecting with all the characters which is not easy. It is very hard for an author to create empathy between the reader and the characters, but you can expect it in The Synchronized Six (Six Chances, #1). And have you seen this awesome cover?

I recommend The Synchronized Six as it is a great sci-fi book mixed with political issues and mystery for you to think about psychological issues, exploitation and how sometimes we are pawns and we don’t even know it. Wynn made a wonderful job describing the many characters personalities and expressions.

Just imagine that you experience a near death situation and that you and more five people are connected to one life. How crazy would that be? You are synchronized and this will bring terrible side effects like phantom pain, hearing thoughts and so much more.

To me this book is a must for this summer. You can expect a roller coaster of emotions. Believe me when I tell you that it is addictive. You can expect so many great moments that I had to take a break from reading. Be ready to find many turns in this awesome novel.

Michelle W
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YOU SHOULD BE READING THIS BOOK INSTEAD OF MY REVIEW

Reviewed at: (38): Outsiders Looking In [Part 1 FINALE 3/3]

Hello people of the internet, if you are thinking about reading Chance Ignition to Crimson Volition you really should.

To quickly summarize my thoughts, this story had an interesting well thought out plot and delightful characters. There is a lot to keep track of in the story but it is worth the extra brain power.

From here on out I break down my thoughts on style, story, grammar, and character. I keep it pretty vague so don't worry about spoliers 

Style

The desriptions are well done and they really paint a good picture of the world and scenes. The dialouge is intersting and fun. Pacing felt good.

Story

The plot felt smooth and woven well together. Each sperate plotline of the main characters had importance to the overaching plot and the other plot lines. There were some good plot twists and I enjoyed watching everything unfold. It was clever. 

Also the world was well crafted. There were different cultures, which made it feel more realistic and complex. The energy system of vitae and conducters, made sense and was consistant. 

Grammar

Grammar never got in the way of my reading. Throughout I noticed one maybe two grammar things, a very forgivable amount. I am not the best with grammar, so I could have missed things. Overall it was very good. 

Character 

This is probaly what impressed me most with this book. Having six main characters is a lot but they were balenced well, distinct, expirenced important character growth and were likeable. They all had interesting flaws and vaulable strengths. Part of what kept the pages turing was watching them interact with eachother, there were good dynamics and it was very entertaining. 

Side characters were also quite intersting and likeable. They played important roles in the story and it felt like they mattered. 

Conclusion

Overall this story was highly enjoyable. I laughed, I cried (almost), and I was excited to start every chapter. I couldn't find anything I thought was problematic with the story, so five stars all around. 

Go read.

 

 

 

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Due to my slow rate of reading, I figured this would be the perfect point to do my review without taking ages to catch up (sorry I'm so slow. Busy life lately and I hate it)

 

In a nutshell, though, this story is probably one of the most vividly written and descriptive works I've ever read. I've also learned quite a few words to add to my vocabulary as well as ways to be more descriptive by reading this story, so that's a lesson well received. 

Anyway, on to the important part,

 

Style - I gave it a 5 because everything blends well together. No descriptions feel too long or exaggerated, the pacing of the story keeps you interested without wondering if anything you read will be relevant later, and the usage of starting off with multiple character viewpoints back to back gives you a real picture of the world they live in and what's going on. 

The zodiac sign references are one of my favorite things about this story also! Sagittarius for life. 

Story - The only reason I gave it a 4.5 instead of a 5 is because the initial few chapters can be a bit jarring to start off with and get into. The first 3 chapters detail the viewpoints of 6 different people, of six different occupations, with two different viewpoints with each chapter. While everything afterwards quickly melds everything together, I think it would have been a better approach to focus on one character a chapter or maybe reveal different ones later on?

 

It's difficult for the average person to recall that many characters introduced through text without any visual representation, and people might begin to skim through if they were interested in one character and suddenly found themselves reading about another. 

You have to build up initial attachment before you switch characters, usually, especially if there's multiple like this. Most people can only focus on one major character at a time before transitioning to another.

Beyond that, though, the characters introduced ARE unique and distinctly different. So even if you didn't like or liked one character there's still 5 others for you to choose from!

 

Grammar - Literally nothing wrong here. This story could damn well be a professional novel. 

Character Score - A lot of what I wrote in regards to the story also kinda melded in with the character score too, so I won't repeat it. I will say, though, that there are 6 main characters. All of them are unique and distinct from each other and there's no sense of rehashed personality or experiences. It reminds me of a JRPG party in a sense where the main cast is diverse and unique.

There's high chances that you will like and be interest in at least ONE character. More likely you'll be interested in more than one. 

Werner is still my favorite. That debut chapter with him hit close to home. Soldier 4 Life. 

Favorited this story ^^ will continue to read it along with the plethora of others I have to catch up on. 

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Style

The voice is succinct and descriptive, great prose!

Story

It can be a bit jarring at first for the multiple viewpoints but is worth the read to see the payoff. Like the netflix series(Sense8), it has great character interactions.

Grammar

There are some unneeded words but the author certainly knows their vocabulary.

Character

Each character has their own personality and goals. I do agree with others in that it would help if the author described the characters.

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Interesting characters and interesting premise

Reviewed at: 1.1-2 : chance connection, ii

It has a slow start but the characters are what make it interesting. The way they interacting and their thoughts flowing into one another is interesting to readThere's a lot of build up and world building though so it might be better to read it all in one go 

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A fresh idea, definitely worth reading.

Reviewed at: (35) Part I | 5.5: Imamu Cultivar

This is a story about six completely fresh and unique characters, who all are protagonists and very varied from each other. The way the author has introduced the characters is really great and very simple to follow.

The story takes off a bit slow but that is valid, so it gives the readers a background of all the six characters of the book. After that it is a page turner. By the end of the book, you will really be excited to find out what happens to each and every one of those six characters. The language used is pretty simple and easy to understand. There are rarely any grammatical errors or spelling errors.

The story has an interesting plot and delightful characters. There is a lot to keep track of, but it is worth the extra grasp. The style of writing is precise and clean. It has no extra, unnecessary decorations. The flow of the story is perfect and moves at a steady pace.

The story is definitely one of the unique ones that crossed my eyes because it gives the effect of anime character descriptions. This fresh idea is totally worth reading, it successfully opens a new window to avid readers.