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No Song, but Silence: (Wind Tide Book 3) by [Jonathan Nevair]

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"Reaching the end of a favourite series is always a little bittersweet, but Nevair has softened that feeling by bringing the Wind Tide series to an absolutely wonderful - emotionally, gut-punching - ending." - Beneath a Thousand Skies

"If you haven't started reading the Wind Tide books yet, what are you waiting for? Read them in order, and start as soon as you can." - Westveil Publishing

"An ambitious and fitting end to the Wind Tide Trilogy, with the poignancy and intelligent writing that has now come to define this series shining here too." - Spells and Spaceships

"No Song, But Silence will take your breath away while punching you in the gut and wrenching a tear or two as well! Highly recommended." - Sue's Musings
 
"I cannot recommend this series enough. Wind Tide is simply a must read for any science fiction fan." - The Book and Nature Professor

About the Author

Jonathan Nevair is a science fiction writer and, as Dr. Jonathan Wallis, an art historian and Professor of Art History at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia. After two decades of academic teaching and publishing, he finally got up the nerve to write fiction. Jonathan grew up on Long Island, NY but now resides in southeast Pennsylvania with his wife and rambunctious mountain feist, Cricket. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09VDNB4YL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Cantinool Books (March 11, 2022)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 11, 2022
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2561 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 397 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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Jonathan Nevair is a science fiction writer and, as Dr. Jonathan Wallis, an art historian and Professor of Art History at Moore College of Art & Design, Philadelphia. After two decades of academic teaching and publishing, he finally got up the nerve to write fiction. Jonathan grew up on Long Island, NY but now resides in southeast Pennsylvania with his wife and rambunctious mountain feist, Cricket.

You can find him online at www.jonathannevair.com and on Twitter as @JNevair.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguingly written!
By ScarlettReadzandRunz on June 20, 2022
No Song, But Silence renders full circle in this last installment of the Wind Tide trilogy. As with the previous novels, a focus on family vs state prevails in the character-driven space opera set 13 years after the events from the last book with only marginally different changes from the existing domination of systems. All three novels have been inspired by Ancient Greek stories and this one is loosely based on The Eumenides, but the inspired musings don’t have to be known to enjoy the story.

First of, I need to mention the setting of this book with all the intricacies of powers and politics has been just fantastic. There is a stark contrast between the places and ecosystems in which this novel takes place. From the technology to harness wind and create power and the sand dunes, to the construction of cities and extreme landscapes, it is an experience that is visually stunning as it plays out in the mind while reading. There is an overall flair that stands apart from other sci-fi novels I have read thus far. It is filled with philosophy, food for thought, and extremely sharp writing. As a whole, it is a story of expanse, justice, and peace that deals with a scope of challenges beyond our current state problems. An acceptance of gender-fluid language has long been established in this world, but the corrupt management of resources by empires is a prevailing problem. When the story of No Song, But Silence begins, it starts at the threshold of make or break peace for different societies through revolt before it finally reaches that point of hope to rebuild.

There is a generational continuation of the story with The Wind Tide series, but some of the characters we find again here. Ailo and Nisi spent their time in exile on Nisi’s home planet Berevia after their failed mission in Garassia. To their surprise, their time is cut short when they are picked up for an important mission that hails in parts of the action in this novel. As Ailo is now promoted into leadership, the reader revisits Jati through flashbacks and their relationship in Ailo's mind. References appear to the book of Cin Quinti that belonged to Ailo’s mother and is highly sought after - still.

There are two game-changing factors in this novel. One, there is the imminent threat of poison to the general population, and two, the book of Cin Quinti has been found and kept secret. Lazlo’s character emerges from the background and is knivingly exposed for secrets and sent to exile. His journey parallels the storyline with that of Ailo and was my favorite person to root for in the novel.

The road to success will be a bumpy one and new alliances have to be made. The transformation and action that lead to the desired peace of nations is the goal in this story and everyone will have to put it on the line to make changes in the right direction. Though there aren’t many battle scenes in this story, the big one is cleverly brainstormed and heart-poundingly executed.

The entire trilogy has been very intriguing in its concept and foothold. The framework in which Nevair sets his story is outside of the living parameters and social norms as we know them on Earth today. It flows freely in this created idea of systems with given respect and thought to ethics and the consequences of greed, power, and the misuse of resources. There is still plenty of humanity and emotion found in the characters. Every book offers a chance to experience struggle and a choice to stand up for justice as it navigates the trenches of spacial and interpersonal obstacles.

What makes all the books stand out for me is Nevair’s excellent writing, so here are a few passages I loved:

From my favorite character:

“To Lazro, ascetic attitudes such as this, imposed onto the natural world, spoke of arrogance. An orderly library, its walls of books organized and neat, functioned as a natural extension of human intelligence into architecture and social design ‘Nature,’ if you could call this that, did not need, nor should not need to be, so disciplined by human hands.”

Mindblowing!

“Aging kept pace with the outside flow of time like some indifferent, even sadistic, clock set to the rhythmic ticking of morality. As if a spirit of the immaterial realm set to tapping a fingertip on the glass of a sand clock in a performed memento more,”

From a battle scene:

“The Hamut’s head exploded. Her body stood there as if nothing had happened. A moment later, when the neural destinations waiting for signals from her brain found the line empty, the remaining figure collapsed in a heap.”

Just to show a few...I think they speak for themselves. My mind is just blown away by some of Nevair’s writing. It isn’t always about the loudest or most obvious, but the sting lies stealthy dormant until you REALLY read it.

It’s bittersweet to see the trilogy end. I enjoyed all three books and they were all a little different. This last one was very good in terms of intrigue and imminent threat to humanity, and I was swept away by the story of Laslo’s exile, which was simply a page-turning arc for me.

I think everything came well together from the beginnings of The Wind Tide series to where it ended up. I enjoyed the ride and loved the diversity of each tale told.

Whatever Nevair writes next, I will read. For now, I’ll happily recommend this space opera to my sci-fi reader friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling end to the Wind Tide Trilogy!
By T. A. Bruno on June 1, 2022
No Song, But Silence brings the Wind Tide trilogy to its end. Jonathan Nevair brings this space opera home with a fight that envelopes the entire Arm of the galaxy. I was thrilled to see some familiar landscapes. Kol 2 is one of my favorite worlds in Nevair’s trilogy, and it takes center stage here. We are reintroduced to Ailo, now older and wiser, who treasures her mother’s writing and has grown with her philosophies. New to the trilogy (briefly introduced in Jati’s Wager) is Lazro, a Targitian who is thrown into a life of exile. I really enjoyed seeing both these characters grow older as the story progressed. I don’t want to say too much because some moments surprised me that I wouldn’t want to spoil for readers, but know that this novel does not go the way you might expect it to. The finale of the book is exciting and filled with powerful imagery. Readers will enjoy the ride!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A satisfying conclusion to an epic Space Opera!
By SLR on December 6, 2021
“To the End”

No Song, But Silence is the final chapter in the SciFi space opera trilogy, The Wind Tide, which has been an epic series reaching across many decades, taking place on multiple planets and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey from start to finish!

Characterisation is one of Nevair’s strong points – each race is differentiated by specific character traits and then the individual players each have their own personality within that framework. In this final installment, we see some well-known characters return, and there are also a wealth of interesting new characters introduced. Lazro and Ailo were my favourite characters this time around with Ferra following closely behind. Lazro is proof that not all Targitians are tyrannical and that individual thinkers and rebels can be found within any despotic regime. He disowns his heritage and is adopted by the Motes who have been suppressed by his race.

When the story begins, thirteen years have passed since the events of the previous book, Jati’s Wager, with Ailo and Nisi having spent those years in exile from the People’s Army. Ailo, who played a large and significant role in Jati’s Wager is now no longer a ‘punk teen’. She is made Captain of the Carmora and her step sibling Nisi is made a General. Tera who acted as one of Ailo’s mentors is now her navigator and their relationship has to be adjusted to accommodate this change. It was fun to see these familiar characters again and find out how they had changed during the intervening time period.

Meanwhile, the Targitians, the race whom the rebellious People’s Army hopes to defeat, have been busy taking hostages and amassing a poison, Serek, which they are threatening to release on a planet, thereby wiping out its human inhabitants, should their demands to preserve their energy empire not be met. The stakes are high – will Ailo be able to use all the strategic skill she learnt from Jati in order to figure a way out of this potential tragedy?

Elsewhere the book of Cin Quniti, Ailo’s rebel leader mother, has been located in its underground cave and taken by new characters, rebellious Targitians Sarot and his apprentice, Lazro for safe keeping. Sarot, discovered as a traitor, is left in the blue sands of KOL-2 to die from its inhospitable climate and Lazro is suspected of having the book. Will he face the same fate as his mentor Sarot?

Once again the action is tense and exciting in this novel and the worldbuilding is visual and well-done – expertly tied in with the philosophy of Cin Quinti, in places, helping to explain it:

"Ailo turned as hundreds of bright orange birds swept up the valley over the river. They approached as an elegant mass, shifting and swaying. She loved the He-Hetos. The flocks were one of her favorite things about Birevia. The birds, with their flaming orange feathers and black beaks, clashed with the blue of the sky. The grace and unity they expressed in flight were, for her, the best metaphor she’d found for the mantra that drove the ideas of Cin Quinti’s philosophy."

Jati is still a large part of the story in the form of their influences on those who knew them and also as a statue on Heroon carved from a Cantinool tree which was chosen by Ailo and Nisi:

"Towering fifty feet into the air, a Cantinool trunk rose with a carving of Ailo’s mentor, the famous PA General, shaped into the highest section of the column. Jati…the former Legion soldier who’d started the People’s Army right here on Heroon and the one who’d led a nine-year struggle against the Garassians in the Tide War only to fall, in a dubious duel with an infamous Sicara assassin."

There is a clear message in this book about searching for alternative energy sources in order to benefit everyone in the Sagittarius Arm of the galaxy, rather than sacrificing lifeforms and ruining a planet in the name of providing energy for other planets and wealth for the race that controls the energy:

“That’s why our focus is on some of it, not all of it. The rest will be taken over by the collective. We will utilize the remaining means while we work to build more harmonious ecological methods for our needs. We’ll wean ourselves away from eco-shaping that destroys ecosystems and bring back modes of energy based on a planet’s existing eco-capabilities. We’ll revise eco-synchronization approaches that work with natural resources rather than removing them.”

One thing I did think was lacking was some form of non-humanoid species – I felt like all the races were too similar in appearance, with only skin, eye and hair colour separating them visually. Adrian Tchaikovsky’s recent book blew me away with his depiction of non-humanoid alien races and I would have liked some of that from Nevair in this series too.

As with the series’ other books, No Song But Silence is written in a fairly academic style and needs your full attention to understand exactly what is going on. I found myself needing to reread sections to make sure I had understood the gist of the action. It is well worth this extra effort, and builds up to a dramatic conclusion, with diplomacy and hidden plans coming to the fore to create a powerful alliance in the face of a maniacal tyrant. The final plan is very risky and carries an enormous threat of devastation should they fail. There are some surprises and heart-in-mouth experiences along the way. No Song, But Silence will take your breath away while punching you in the gut and wrenching a tear or two as well! Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting and inspirational ending to Nevair's finely written drama.
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