Today I’m honored to begin the Storytellers On Tour celebration of the epic conclusion of Jonathan Nevair’s sci-fi Wind Tide series with the kickoff of the No Song, But Silence Book Tour! We began this journey with Goodbye to the Sun, continued on with Jati’s Wager, and now we’re reaching our destination with No Song, But Silence (these titles though!). If you’re already a fan of the series, or just first hearing about it, I urge you to take a look at what our incredible hosts have had to say throughout. The holidays are right around the corner and that special sci-fi fan in your life would LOVE these, jussayin’…or maybe just pick up a few to treat yourself!
It’s always a pleasure to have Jonathan on the blog, and today he’s sharing a bit about the timeline of his Wind Tide series. Be warned, there are a few spoilers, but he graciously marked when and where. So, keep scrolling to learn more about the book and author, read the awesome post, and enter to win yourself a copy of No Song, But Silence, as well as ebooks of the entire series!
We’ve enlisted a group of wonderful and talented bloggers and Bookstagrammers to help us feature No Song, But Silence. This is what we have going on, so make sure to check out each and every one throughout the week for some brilliant content, including reviews and more.
DECEMBER 1ST – THE KICKOFF
Whispers & Wonder (IG: @whispersandwonder)
Armed with A Book (IG: @_armedwithabook)
Beneath A Thousand Skies
Book and Nature Professor (IG: @bookandnatureprof)
Westveil Publishing (IG: @thewestveilarchives)
Spells & Spaceships
DECEMBER 7TH – THE ENCORE
Queen’s Book Asylum
For more info, visit the official tour page at Storytellers On Tour.
About the Book
The tide of justice ebbs. A mysterious and reclusive superpower threatens to extend its reach, colonizing new star systems for Wind energy and spreading a corrupt political empire. The People’s Army, once the hope for a new federation of allies in the Arm, has dwindled to a mere spectator in the fight for political control. Ailo’s role in its revolutionary fervor is over. The esoteric philosophy of the legendary Cin Quinti is her only concern now. But when an unimaginable threat sends a political shock wave through the Arm she must weigh the cost of self-preservation, hiding in the shadows as civilization falls to despotism and tyranny.
Light years away on Kol 2, a young librarian grows inspired by a mentor’s clandestine teachings. What he discovers with the newfound knowledge reveals a moral avalanche. The dubious and cruel political power corrupting his society must be exposed, but it will take a leap of faith to challenge an empire.
No Song, But Silence by Jonathan Nevair
SERIES: Wind Tide (#3)
PUBLISHED: November 18, 2021 by Shadow Spark Publishing
GENRE: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Keeping it Real – Character Age in the Wind Tide Series
by Jonathan Nevair
One issue for me in writing this series was the time jumps between novels and how they related to the age of the characters in the series. As an anthology trilogy, Wind Tide is constructed as three stories that connect but remain autonomous (to varying degrees). The books don’t run in a direct, linked chronology – several years pass between the point where one book’s plotline ends and the next book’s story starts.
This makes for fun math! There were times when I had to get out the calculator and be certain that the characters were the appropriate ages for their roles in each novel. At times, I found that I had to negotiate the timeline to ensure characters would be realistically old or young enough for their actions/behavior/decisions.
On the timeline below, each character has a birth date and is reported at their current ages in subsequent novels after each “time jump.”
One very interesting (and difficult!) aspect of Goodbye to the Sun was that Razor wrote her account of the events fifty-two years later than the POV of Keen Draden (that was wonderful when I wrote the first novel – it made for a beautiful literary device, but it became tricky to negotiate that POV time jump as the series progressed). I had to calculate the dates and make sure the chronology worked realistically with their birth dates in the subsequent two novels – it was NOT easy, let me tell you! There were times when I had to re-negotiate the plot lines of books 2 & 3 because aspects of the birth years of characters had to relate to the overall series plotline.
Perhaps you will find the timeline below interesting – if you have read the first two books, Goodbye to the Sun and Jati’s Wager, you’ll get to see the ages of the characters in those two novels. I know some readers like these types of things, so I wanted to share this!
WARNING: If you have not yet read No Song, But Silence you may not want to look too far – I included a *SPOILER ALERT* for you in case you want to stop scrolling down at a marked point so you don’t get too much information!
WIND TIDE: Second Span Timeline (birth/age dates of characters)
2968 – Aradus Draden born
2994 – Rence Tusolo born
2998 – Reardon Draden born
2999 – Jati born
3000 – Keen Draden born
3003 – Scarpa born
3006 – Boar (Darro Kin-tuk) born
3019 – Nisi born
3021 – Razor/Gushet born
3026 – Jejeto born
3020 – Patent War starts
3024 – End of Patent war
3025 – Reynaria born
3030 – Tera born
3039 –date of Scarpa’s picture
3043 – Ailo born
3041 – Scarpa dies
3051- Lazro Buntak born
3049 – GOODBYE TO THE SUN: BOOK I
-Razor is 28
-Keen is 49
-Jati is 50
-Reynaria is 24
-Aradus is 81
3058 – JATI’S WAGER: BOOK II (9 years later)
-Ailo is 15
-Aradus is 90
-Jati is 59
-Razor is 37
-Nisi is 39
-Boar is 52
-Jejeto is 32
-Lazro is 7
-Tera is 31
-Arira is 27
-Rence is 64
3071 – NO SONG, BUT SILENCE: BOOK III (Part I – 13 years later)
-Ailo is 28
-Lazro is 21
-Nisi is 52
-Tera is 44
-Boar is 65
3101 – GOODBYE TO THE SUN: BOOK I (Razor’s POV – 30 years later)
-Razor is 80
*SPOILER ALERT* BELOW!!!!
*If you haven’t yet read No Song, But Silence make sure you want to read the final section! It contains a mild spoiler related to the plot line.
3102 – NO SONG, BUT SILENCE: BOOK III (Part II – 1 year after Razor’s POV)
-Ailo is 59
-Lazro is 52
From the moment he saw Star Wars: Episode IV in the theater as a child, Jonathan’s eyes turned to the night sky and the capability of FTL drives to whisk him off to distant star systems. After two decades of academic publishing, he finally got up the nerve to write fiction and bring those worlds to life.
Jonathan lives in southeastern PA with his wife and rambunctious mountain feist, Cricket. When not writing and teaching, he spends his time chasing his dog through the woods and hoping he’ll be able to walk in space before he croaks.
Jonathan Nevair (he/him/his) is the pen name for Dr. Jonathan Wallis, Professor of Art History at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia.
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