Friday Firsts: The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker

FridayFirsts
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 : Path of Flames by Phil Tucker.

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The wind plucked at Lord Kyferin’s war banner, causing the black wolf emblazoned on the field of white to snap fitfully as if impatient with the delay.  Asho shivered at the sight despite the quilted undercoat that he wore beneath his chainmail, and sat up straighter in Crook’s saddle.  For years he had only seen the war banner hanging above his Lord’s high chair in the great hall, limp and still, but now it rippled and surged as if awakened and thirsting for blood.  It was his first time riding into war with the Black Wolves.  Even though he was at the back of the company with the other squires, he felt as vividly alive and terrified as if he were positioned in the vanguard.

Asho raised his chin.  He’d die before he let the others see his fear.

“Asho!” Lord Kyferin’s bellow carried over the cacophony of the great army arrayed around them.  “Where are you hiding?  Get up here, now!”

Out of the corner of his eye he saw Alardus and Cuncz smirk, could feel the cold stares from Cune and Tyzce.  A squire he might be, but the others saw only his white hair and pale skin, the tell-tale signs of a Bythian.  That he was free and rode by their side was an outrage they would never forgive.

My First Impressions

I think this gets off to a very good start – and having read further on I confess that my first impression in that respect was spot on.  Clearly, peace has reigned for a few years by the sound of it.  What changed?  And Asho, I’m very curious about him and the way he is treated.

What you reading this Friday??  What are your first impressions??

*The above excerpt was taken from an advanced reader copy and it is possible that the final version may have further changes.
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9 Responses to “Friday Firsts: The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker”

  1. Tammy

    I’ve heard good things about this, and that beginning definitely hooked me and made me want to read more.

    • @lynnsbooks

      So far so good. The start is amazing and the characters are so good.

  2. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I know a lot of fantasy books start with a big battle, but this one was really good. And I think you’ll really like Asho! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      The start is brilliant. And I’m loving Asho at the moment. I’ve just read the scene with the tournament and it was so exciting that I had butterflies in my stomach.

  3. Carmen

    Great beginning! I look forward to your review.

  4. sjhigbee

    I love the sound of this one – and very much hope it continues just as strongly.

    • @lynnsbooks

      OMG – so far it’s really good. Really good.
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        Yep. It’s going onto my wishlist…

      • @lynnsbooks

        I hope you love it – I did and I already have No.2 – bought it a while ago in the hope I’d like this one and it all worked out 😀

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