Blog Tour & Guest Post: Dreams of the Dark Sky

Dreams of the Dark Sky (The Legacy of the Heavens #2)

by Tina LeCount Myers
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Release Date: February 5th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Dark Fantasy, Epic Fantasy
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Synopsis:
In the aftermath of a devastating clash between gods and men, two unlikely allies?one immortal and one human?must band together to survive in the sequel to the epic fantasy debut The Song of All. 
The war between men and immortals that raged across the frozen Northland of Davvieana has ended. For men, the balance of power between Believer and Brethren, between honoring the gods and honoring the sword, has shifted to favor priests over Hunters.
But it is the legacy of one man’s love for his son that shapes the lives of all who survived.
While Irjan, the once-legendary immortal hunter, has saved his son’s life, he cannot save Marnej from the men who will make him a killer, nor can he save the immortal girl he’d promised to protect from the secret of her birth.
Raised by Irjan among the immortals, Dárja has been trained to fight by a man who once hunted her kind. Prisoner among the humans, her hatred for them is challenged by the chance to give Irjan what he has always wanted?his son Marnej returned to him.
Together, Marnej and Dárja, human and immortal, must find a way to trust one another if they are to live long enough to learn the truth behind the secrets and lies that have forged their lives.
The Guest Post – Growing old Ain’t Easy

Growing old ain’t easy. At least that’s what my grandmother always said. As a kid, I wasn’t really sure what she meant. I’d always thought my birthdays were easy enough. There was a cake, candles, and presents. I couldn’t wait for my next birthday.

Now, as an adult, I get it. To live a long life takes work. And not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as well.

When I started writing The Legacy of the Heavens series, I wanted to write about the evolutionary possibility of elves, without ever using the word elf. Instead, I chose to call them Jápmemeahttun (pronounced YAP-meh-meh-ah-toon), the Northern Saami word for immortal. But these folks I’m writing about aren’t really immortal, they’ve just evolved to have a much longer lifespan than humans in their world. Instead of living 50-60 seasons of snow like the humans, my elves can live hundreds of years.

What interested me in examining this kind of longevity were the possible challenges and advantages of living this long. I began by imagining what living to be 200 years old might feel like. Of course, I heard my grandmother’s complaint about how hard it was to get older. It’s one thing to be young forever (a whole other topic) but what happens when the physical body is in decline over a much longer period of time? Does it become less significant because of the duration? Meaning you’d just get used to the decline or forget what it was like to ever be young? Or would it be that much harder? I wondered about boredom. Toward the end of her life, my grandmother’s days varied little. Days were marked by what television show she’d be watching.

But I also wondered about the advantages of a really long life: The possibility to take things slowly, instead of feeling rushed. The potential to live a variety of experiences, because maybe you wanted to be a warrior and a healer, but maybe not all at once. I took this concept of diverse experiences and purposefully expanded upon it by having my elves live as both biological sexes in their lifetime. My elves are born female. They spend the first third to half of their lives as female. Then they give birth and become male. This order was determined in part by looking at existing fertility models, where men, in general, have a longer reproductive window than women. But I was also curious to see how the opportunity to experience both genders in one life might affect the individual’s and the group’s outlook. Could we be—as Tolkien had imagined elves—wiser, more insightful, less prone to seek conflict, and more altruistic? It remains to be seen.

As humans get closer to the type of longevity that our forebearers might consider immortality, it’s important that we imagine and discuss both sides of the potential. A longer life may be both a blessing and a curse. After exploring the concept of immortality for my elf characters in the Legacy of the Heavens series, I’m left with the belief that my grandmother, as usual, had it right. Growing old ain’t easy.

About the Author

Tina LeCount Myers is a writer, artist, independent historian, and surfer. Born in Mexico to expat-bohemian parents, she grew up on Southern California tennis courts with a prophecy hanging over her head; her parents hoped she’d one day be an author. The Song of All is her debut novel. To find out more visit www.tinalecountmyers.com

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