Hello! Welcome to the latest review here on the Swordsmith blog, westu hal to you. I am delighted to be joining Justine and Timy from Storytellers on Tour once again on the blog tour of Jati’s Wager by Jonathan Nevair! This is book two of the Windtide Trilogy, a sci-fi series to watch and one to savour and what a journey it has been so far in the Saggatarius Arm. I adore the artwork for this series so here it is in it’s full splendor!
This is day 1 of the tour and if you have a spare moment or two, please check out the other bloggers and bookstagrammers taking part in this awesome tour, because they are all awesome as well.
Now as always prepare for the blurb
A space opera heist brimming with action, twists, and turns that doubles as a story of personal growth, mentorship, and sacrifice.
Ailo is a streetwise teen surviving alone on the remote moonbase, Tarkassi 9. She wants nothing more than to flee into the wider world of the Arm. When her chance arrives, she makes it no farther than the first ship out of the system. That’s where Jati, the Patent War veteran and general fighting the Monopolies, gives her a second chance. It’s an unlikely partnership, but Ailo’s rogue status is just what Jati’s People’s Army needs to drive the final spike of victory into a weakening Garissian Council.
A team of experts assembles and hope rests on Ailo’s skill, stealth, and tenacity to pull off the impossible. It’s a wild gambit, and a moral code may need to be bent, or broken, to achieve success. When an internal shadow rises, casting doubt on their plans, Ailo and Jati are forced to weigh the cost of revenge against honor and justice.
I just want to say first of all just how much I enjoyed this book, it was brilliant! It was an exciting ride through from beginning to end and featuring some great character work from Jonathan as well. The story pairs a very unlikely duo together, and I love stories like this, Ailo and Jati emerge as an engaging and excellent duo. You will also meet some wonderful characters, Jonathan has a real knack of creating some emotionally charged characters that you will love, hate and enjoy getting to know.
One of the things I love about sci-fi literature is the opportunity to explore a new world or in this case part of a universe. This book was wonderful as the story takes the reader on a journey through the Saggatrius Arm, to some new worlds and new races. I shared Ailo’s wonder as she embarks on this journey, it’s her desire that really drives the plot of the book and this is again another fine example of character driven sci-fi. There is some wonderful science on display, my favourite was the idea of the stationary satellite and it’s brilliant to see an author basing ideas on real science, this is a real plus for this book and series.
Now something that really stood out for me is how the story is structured with the chapters, we get a POV which is an imaginary friend of Ailo’s. Upon reading I have discovered that Jonathan has based this on a real psychological idea, it makes the character just that bit more human and far more real. I liked the ideas that Jonathan is putting through, there are philosophical ideas, ecological as well as political. This is also an action packed book, from ship to ship combat (which is really well written) to on the ground combat and again, the action scenes were well written and were always exciting!
So there we are, my review of Jati’s Wager by Jonthan Nevair, book 2 of the Windtide Trilogy. Reviews of second books are always tricky to balance, and I really hope that I have done justice to this one and it really is something I recommend that you read.
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 http://www.jonathannevair.com and on twitter at @JNevair
Shadow Spark Publishing
There is a great competition running with the blog tour, you could win yourself a print copy of Jati’s Wager! Think how good it will look on your bookshelf! It’s completely free and open to the US and UK and you can enter via this link as well!
That really is all from me, thank you once again to Justine and Timy for having me along, thanks to Jonathan for writing an incredible book and thanks to you for checking the blog post and review out! I do hope that you are staying safe, reading something awesome and finally , westu hal.