Friday Firsts : The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust #1) by Anna Smith Spark

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 : The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust #1) by Anna Smith Spark.


Knives everywhere. Coming down like rain.

Down to close work like that, men wrestling in the mud, jabbing at each other, too tired to care any more.  Just die and get it over with. Half of them fighting with their guts hanging out of their stomachs, stinking of shit,oozing pink and white.  Half-dead men lying in the filth.  Screaming.  A whole lot of things screaming.

Impossible to tell who’s who any more.  Mud and blood and shadows and that’s it. Kill them! Kill them all!  Keep killing until we’re all dead. The knife jabs and twists and the man he’s fighting falls sideways, all the breath going out of him with a sigh of relief.  Another there behind. Gods, his arms ache.  His head aches.  Blood in his eyes.  He twists the knife again and thrusts with a broken-off sword and that man too dies.  Fire explodes somewhere over to the left.  White as maggots.  Silent as maggots.  Then shrieks as men burn.


My First Impressions

That is a brutal and violent start isn’t it!  Crazed or frenzied almost and although the person who we’re reading about has totally lost it which is understandable given the circumstances he finds himself in.

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.

11 Responses to “Friday Firsts : The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust #1) by Anna Smith Spark”

  1. Carmen

    It’s a battle and it sounds brutal, but what a way to start a book!

  2. Tammy

    An exciting and dark beginning! I hope you love the rest:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      It is a very brutal beginning – definitely one that will either hook you – or turn you off!
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    That’s some powerful beginning indeed… And it possesses a very cinematic quality as well! I can’t wait to hear more 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      So far I’m enjoying it. I’m intrigued as well and kind of anxious to find out what’s actually going on. Which is a good think.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    A surprise ARC of this one landed on my doorstep earlier this week! Oh my, now I can’t wait to read it!

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s an unusual start – straight into a battle scene that is very brutal and even seems a little bit confusing in terms of who is fighting for who?
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    Oh my goodness what a lot of blood and gore! I hope you like this one and wait to see what you make of it.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’ve not read as much as I would have liked this week – I’ve been out most of the weekend and I don’t suppose this weather is going to help keep me in!
      Lynn 😀

      • sjhigbee

        No… it’s amazing, isn’t it? I love it, but I’m aware a lot of people find it miserable.

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