First Line Fridays – 30th April 2021

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by @Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines? If you want to make your own post, just follow the rules below:

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Book 1 in The Wind Tide series. This book is Jonathan Nevair’s debut Science Fiction novel and is due out on 18th May 2021. I was lucky enough to be sent an ARC – thank you very much to the author, Jonathan Nevair!

Personal Narrative (language: Neo-Contex)
Signed: Razor
Found: Cell #7, Targite City Prison
Dated: 3101, Third Span

When people ask me about Keen Draden, I always lie.

The truth is, I never really knew Keen. He wasn’t the kind of person who let you in. There was always a wall. You knew he was pushing against it, trying desperately to break through. In the end, it crumbled around him and bared his soul. And yet, that still doesn’t tell you anything about him.

I was angry when we first met. Part of it was a youthful stampede, galloping over anything in my way. But it was also the result of an oppressive world. I was molded from the struggle of hard rock, dry sand, and grit. The desert wind blew through my blood. From an expanse of dunes, I learned to speak arid words.

And the book is…

Cover Art: Zishan Liu

The Wind Tide series

A space opera trilogy inspired by Ancient Greek texts. If you like galaxy-spanning adventures set on alluring planets and characters who struggle with moral philosophy, you’ll enjoy this series.

Goodbye to the Sun (Book 1 in The Wind Tide series)

A character-driven space opera inspired by the Greek tragedy, Antigone.

Cover Art: Zishan Liu

Book Description

Goodbye to the Sun is a nonstop thrillride across an unstable galaxy, combining moral struggle with character-driven adventure.

Tucked away in the blue sands of Kol 2, the Motes are on the brink of cultural collapse. Razor, a bold and daring pilot, leads a last-ditch gambit against their local oppressors, the Targitians. The plan – abduct visiting Ambassador Keen Draden and use him as a bargaining chip to restore her people’s independence in the Sagittarius Arm. But when the operation unravels, Razor is forced to renegotiate terms with the arrogant diplomat. Battling furious Wind Tides and pursuit by an infamous bounty hunter, Razor and Keen find mutual assistance in a dubious freelancer with a knack for exposing cracks in people’s pride.
Light years away on Heroon a radical resistance blossoms. The alluring rainforest planet haunts Keen. All his problems started there during the Patent War, but it’s where Razor’s troubles may find a solution. The moral tide ebbs, exposing an impossible choice that links their futures together more tragically than they ever thought possible.

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The dilapidated spaceship floating above the Gobi, digital painting.

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.

Goodbye to the Sun is the first book in the Wind Tide trilogy, to be published by Shadow Spark Publishing.

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KOL-2 Fan art made by a game designer at Moore College, Stephen Wood

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