Friday Firsts: The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman

Friday Firsts
 is a new meme that runs every Friday over on Tenacious Reader. The idea is to feature the first few sentences/paragraph of your current book and try and outline your first impressions as a result. This is a quick and easy way to share a snippet of information about your current read and to perhaps tempt others.  Stop on by and link up with Tenacious Reader.    This week I’m reading The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman.  I’m loving this series – librarians with a multitude of possible universes to explore.

burning-page‘The morning light glittered on the glass windows and on the blades of the guillotines in the central square.  Pigeons squabbled noisily in the general deadly silence.  Only the creaking of cartwheels and the soft padding of footsteps disturbed the stillness.  

Irene could feel an even greater zone of terrified hush surrounding herself and Kai.  Passers-by avoided their gaze, desperate not to attract their attention.  It was because of their “borrowed” uniforms, of course: everyone was afraid that someday the National Guard might come for them, to drag them away for counter-revolutionary activities.  And then would come prisons, and trials, and then the guillotine…

It made their outfits the perfect disguise for getting around unnoticed.  Nobody was going to look twice at the National Guard.  In case the National Guard looked back at them.’


My First Impressions

It’s a great opening isn’t it.  It really pulls you in and makes you want to read more (which I confess I’ve already done).  I love the way the author opens up these stories – with the ending of a previous mission – kind of like how the Bond movies always start.  Of course this couldn’t be further from Bond – so far a lovely period feel and writing and yet again a gripping plot.

What you reading this Friday??


7 Responses to “Friday Firsts: The Burning Page by Genevieve Cogman”

  1. sjhigbee

    I agree! Plunges you right into the middle of the action… So – does this mean the previous book in the series ended on a cliffhanger?

    • @lynnsbooks

      No – each book is a self contained story – but each new book begins with an ending (not from the previous story) but an ending of an adventure that you’re not aware of – it’s where I got the Bond reference from.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        I’ve GOT to get around to the first book in this series very soon! It sounds interestingly different.

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Well, having a guillotine mentioned in the first paragraph does catch your attention, doesn’t it? I’m intrigued… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – although that was the conclusion to that particular adventure (although I suppose there’s always a chance the story may go back to that reality!) I’m loving these stories.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Can’t wait to start this one in January, when it comes out in the US 🙂

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