Friday Firsts : The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne

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 Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne.


32493123Etarro’s fingers scraped along the wall, loose stones crumbling away and rough spots tugging at the pads of his fingertips as he ran.  The path he followed made a circle around the inside of the mountain, and he was running fast enough that the circling was starting to get to him, making his head spin worse than it already was, making it harder and harder not to throw up.  If it hadn’t been for the screaming, he would have stopped to catch his breath to settle his head and his stomach.  But there was the screaming, and his feet couldn’t stop moving.

He ran from one pool of dull light to the next.  The low-crackling forges with their blue flames were the only thing keeping the inside of Mount Raturo from being tar-black.  The spaces between the torches were tar-black, so dark his hand against the wall was the only thing keeping him from stepping over the edge of the path and turning into a splatter on the floor of the mountain.  He stopped breathing each time the wall ended in one of the hallways that branched off the central spiral, and he didn’t start breathing until his fingers barked against the other side of the tunnel mouth.’

My First Impressions

This is an unusual start and is part of the prologue of the book.  It certainly makes me curious about why this character, Etarro, is tearing around a dark mountain and clearly risking his life in doing so.

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.

9 Responses to “Friday Firsts : The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne”

  1. Carmen

    Intriguing beginning…Have fun reading it! 🙂

  2. Tammy

    I have barely read at all this week, so I’m still reading last week’s book! This sounds pretty good, although I’m chuckling at the strange position of the girl on the cover:-)

    • @lynnsbooks

      I know – these covers – it makes you feel all inadequate because no way could I do that pose!
      Lynn 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      My reading has been very slow the last few weeks – too much going on at the moment and then just feeling exhausted later and falling straight to sleep. Plus the weather has been really balmy which just makes me want to drowse.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    As a beginning it possess both a very tactile quality (the hand against the crumbling walls) and a cinematic one: it’s so easy to see the described surroundings, or to feel the urgency of the run. Very, very intriguing… 🙂

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Looking forward to your thoughts on this book! I still have the first book to review, wish I had read it when I had the chance 🙂 And this weekend I’m reading Last Kiss Before Doomsday!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I’m looking forward to picking up Last Kiss next week. Hope you’ve enjoyed it.
      Lynn 😀

  5. sjhigbee

    I do like the sound of this one – and the cover is very dynamic.

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