Well, this is going to be different…
I am Bill Snodgrass, the author. I began working on the stories taking place in the world of Siliar in 1987. My life-long friend, Cameron Walker, and I developed the world of Siliar between 1983 and 1986. Since then, I have been writing into this world extensively.
In 2016, I began an exhaustive rewrite of the entire opus to clean up the writing and tighten up the telling of the stories. The result is a set of book-length manuscripts amounting to well over 1.2 million words, and in excess of 6000 pages.
So, here you go… Don't worry… You won't have to read it all at once.
Here on www.siliar.com, you will be able to work your way through various aspects of the story as it is unfolded in small sections. As interest dictates and time permits, the story will be delivered in small sections suitable to be read in short sessions, linked in the order that I believe best tells the tale.
HOWEVER, there will be other options…
Links to the sections will ALSO be provided in strict chronological order. While this seems obvious, there are section of the story that take place in different places at the same time… but that's getting way ahead…
Similarly, links to sections will be organized by location. At a glance, readers will be able to identify where and when things happen…
One more twist… As readers indicate questions or ask for more information, the answers and augmentations will be provided. This is not to say that the story will be changed, but that the telling of the story will adapt. Sections will have "last updated" indicators, and links to adjunct information will be included.
So, what this means… Well, I know of no other reading experience that will compare to this… It is an experiment, an attempt to include the reader in the world at a deeper level than ever before possible.
I hope you enjoy the experience!
What Can You Expect?
The World of Siliar has a rich history going back almost 5000 years, as recorded by the elves. Coming to Siliar after the dragons invaded and destroyed their home world, the elves believed Siliar to be unpopulated, to have no sentient life, so the made it their home. Only years later did they find the humans already there. By then it was too late.
The stories set in this world are varied and rich, grounded in a formidable history. Characters are the heart of the stories, but the epic events they experience carry the reader from scene to scene. In the body of works beginning with Valley of Regret, the Thrice Born collection begins, and readers are treated to the adventures of a group who come together, discover a vast plot to conquer and dominate the lands, and decide to take a stand.
Wizards and warriors, legendary and unknown, young and old, man, women, girls, and boy—the ensemble of characters combine their commitment and their talents to take a stand.
The epic adventures and mundane daily events are unfolded to readers in small (and sometimes not so small) action scenes that can be read on mobile devices or computer screens. Each action scene is linked to the previous and next scene, and each book-length body of events includes a timeline with links to every scene.
But readers can decide how they want to read them. Will the author's order be followed or will the events of one group be tracked first, then another? The readers can decide!
Suitable For Most Readers
The stories in the World of Siliar often include themes of good versus evil. The evil acts are written in such a way as to make clear what is going on. However, caution is used with themes some would consider unsuitable for teen readers. While Siliar was not written specifically for young readers, it is certainly not in appropriate for them.
An Interesting Twist…
When I was doing the overhaul of the Siliar opus in 2016-17, I was very intentional about making sure to drive the story forward in such a way as to stay within "industry standards" for novel length. That meant cutting out some things I thought added meaning and depth, but I did it, and I think I kept enough to get done what I wanted the stories to do.
Now, as I innovate this web-based delivery mechanism, I am realizing that, freed from the constraints of the paper and ink paradigm, I can do SO MUCH MORE. The linear front to back path is not binding. Retrospective comments years in the future can be linked to the sections being referenced, so readers can jump back and relive the moment as it first appeared in the story. Side stories can be fleshed out. Characters can have more moments in the spotlight.
In the years to come, as the World of Siliar grows, I envision many more Along The Way stories, and scenes added in at readers' requests. Freed from the dust jacket, the World of Siliar has room to grow, to expand, to take on even more life.
~Bill Snodgrass, Author