Friday Firsts: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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 Valiant by Lesley Livingston.

The steam rising off the backs of the cantering horses faded into the morning fog.  Our chariot raced toward the far end of the Forgotten Vale and Maelgwyn Ironhand – my chariot, constant companion, and frequent adversary – pulled back on the reins.

“No!” I shouted.  “Faster! Make them run faster!”

Mael didn’t bother to spare a glance over his shoulder at me.  He knew any argument would be futile.  Instead he gave the ponies their head and let them run.  We flew over the ground like ravens diving over a battlefield.  The horses snorted and strained, hooves drumming the grassy track and sending mist billowing in our wake.

I stood behind Mael with a spear gripped tight in my right fist and my feet braced against the swaying motion of the chariot’s suspended deck.  The wind screeched in my ears, and the ground was a blur beneath our wheels.  We’d never gone so fast before, and my heart hammered in my chest.  I shifted and moved past Mael, stepping out in front of the chariot’s platform to balance on the square-sided draft pole that ran between the two horses.

“Fallon – be careful!” Mael called as one of my feet slipped on the wood.


My First Impressions

Well – that got off to a quick start, literally it exploded right off the page.  I can’t wait to dig further into this one.  It promises to be a great read and I’ve already read good reviews.

What you reading this Friday??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.

4 Responses to “Friday Firsts: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston”

  1. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    A powerful start indeed, full of energy and adrenaline. And I totally love the cover 🙂

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’m really excited to see you’re reading this!

  3. Danya @ Fine Print

    I can’t wait to hear your thoughts on this one, Lynn! It sounds amazing from what I’ve seen around.

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