Friday Firsts: Empress of the Fall by David Hair

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 Friday I’m reading a couple of books but one of them is Empress of the Fall by David Hair.


empress‘More than 500 years ago, in 379, a man died and his followers became the new gods of Yuros – the magi.  They have ruled the western continent ever since, yet the name of he who died has been raised highest.  Johan Corin – ‘Corineus’ – is now revered as a god made flesh, sent from Paradise Above to gather and empower his followers.  He is said to have been the Son of Kore.

But he was just a man: dead people are always easier to deify than living ones.  Ordo Costruo Collegiate, Pontus, 927.

The Celestial, Pallas, Rondelmar Junesse 930 – final month of the Moontide Longevity is cruel, Ostevan Prelatus mused as he knelt in the holiest place in Yuros, mouthing prayers while staring at the massive rump of his superior.  There were no seats, no cushions, just wooden leaning bars against which the thirty-two prelates of the Church of Kore could contemplate the infinite, while gazing upon the golden casket of Johan Corin – known to the world as Corineus the Saviour.’

My First Impressions

Well, immediate impressions are that there are an awful lot of names and named dates in that first couple of paragraphs, but, I won’t let that put me off, I understand this is a sequel to a previous series but can be read as a standalone so it stands to reason that this world is already firmly established.  I must admit that I’m quite intrigued and anxious to find out more.

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.

6 Responses to “Friday Firsts: Empress of the Fall by David Hair”

  1. Nathan

    I enjoyed Moontide quite a bit and would like to start this new series. But I will be honest, I am scared of books over a 500 pages these days, and Hair can write some bricks.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Actually, I didn’t even check out how many pages this one is! Well, I’ll see, I’ve not read the others in series but I’m hoping it doesn’t affect this read.
      Lynn 😀

  2. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Stories about gods can go both ways with me, so I will wait for your review before deciding if this one is for me – and I totally agree on the name- and date-dropping! 🙂
    Not the most auspicious kind of beginning for me…

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I often feel it would be a bit more forgiving on the reading not to introduce such a huge dollop of names, dates and events all in one go – bearing in mind that’s purely the opening chapters! Still, I’m hoping for goodness.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I can’t wait to read this! I just need to find time to fit it in. It’s a ginormous book!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I confess I hadn’t realised it was so huge – but if it’s a good read I guess the pages will just fly by!
      Lynn 😀

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