I'd guess that Protectors
is going in a similar direction as Full Circle
, i.e. covering time instead of 'just' jumping ahead. However, I don't believe it will bring VOY on par with the current edge of the novelverse timeline, for two reasons:
Firstly, it seems likelier that the novel covers a span of about a year and shows the fleet doing different missions, reminiscent of The Eternal Tide
Secondly, the DQ mission is slated to run 3 years and would either be over or prolonged by 2385.