JQM Literary Spotlight Presents Tond, Book Three: The Journey Northward
FIRST, LET’S GET TO KNOW YOU A BIT. TELL US SOMETHING UNIQUE ABOUT YOURSELF:
I am interested in music(s) from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. I have done some research on the theory behinds these types of music, and have used what I found to construct some new, imaginary but possible genres — including the music I describe in my “Tond” books. Some of this music is actually playable, and I gave a concert of “Tondish music” with some friends of mine, in 2017. You can hear an excerpt from the concert here: Stream Sherványa Nocturnal Music (48-minute version) by S. Eric Scribner | Listen online for free on SoundCloud
WHAT IS THE GENRE AND AUDIENCE FOR THIS BOOK:
“Epic” high fantasy, with sword-and-sorcery adventure (though I dislike the term) and a lot of details of imaginary cultures. The audience is probably nerds everywhere: anyone who likes other-worldly quests. (Some sections may be a little too frightening or violent for some pre-teen readers; if it were a movie, I’d rate it PG-13.)
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK:
I was in 8th grade, and I was in the middle of reading Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings”. I was walking from one class to another and I suddenly said to myself, “I should write something like that sometime.” In retrospect, this is odd because I wasn’t even thinking about saying that to myself. What I meant by “something like that” was a long book with some connections to folklore or mythology and set in a fantastical ancient world. The result, more than forty years later, is the “Tond” series.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR BOOK:
The first two books of the series were essentially long introductions to the world of Tond and the two protagonists. In this third book, all the main characters (except one) meet and begin the quest in earnest. The basic plot is simple: they journey northward to the monster’s realm to 1.) attempt a rescue, and 2.) learn more about their foe. Meanwhile, that one character who did not meet the others makes some important discoveries of her own.
The long journey consists of several episodes. The band of adventurers forge friendships, meet interesting people and circumstances, and hear some interesting music which is allegorical to what is happening in the book at the time. They also encounter danger, sometimes from the minions of the monster they’re trying to fight, and once from other people who have a xenophobic “shoot first and ask questions later” mentality.
The adventurers also find the beginnings of redemption: the first two books were pretty dark, but here (immediately after what is arguably the ugliest chapter in the series!) they encounter Shar and the mysterious, beautiful City That Moves — and a reality infinitely higher, deeper, and older than Tond itself. They learn the meaning behind their quest.
WHERE CAN WE PURCHASE YOUR BOOK:
Tond, Book Three: The Journey Northward: Scribner, Steven E.: 9781549606441: Amazon.com: Books
My website: Steven E. Scribner, author (google.com)