Friday Firsts: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

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 week I’m reading The Valiant by Lesley Livingston.

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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.

Friday Firsts: The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

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 week I’m reading The Winter Long (October Daye #8) by Seanan McGuire

the-winter-longThe woods were dark, filled with strange shadows.  They twisted and swirled independent of any light source, making the space beneath the towering sequoias look treacherous and wild.  Not much in the way of illumination could trickle all the way down through the tightly-laced branches to ground level; the few streaks of moonlight that had managed to reach us were washed out and thin, managing to seem almost darker than having no light at all.  Everything was permeated by the smell of redwood sap and the sea.

We had arrived as a group, May, Jazz and Quentin packed into the backseat like sardines, me behind the wheel, and Tybalt sitting rigidly next to me.  He didn’t really like cars under the best of circumstances.  He liked them even less when there were multiple other passengers, since that meant he couldn’t respond to an accident by yanking everyone safely onto the Shadow Roads.  Call it a quirk brought on by being several hundred years older than the internal combustion engine.

My First Impressions

Yes!  I am so ready to read this book – everyone keeps saying this is ‘the one’!  Super excited.  And straight away we’re into the story – into the dark woods!!  Oooh, *wiggles fingers*.

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.

Friday Firsts: With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu

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 week I’m reading With Blood Upon the Sand (The Song of the Shattered Sands #2) by Bradley P. Beaulieu.

withbloodCeda crouched, cradled in the branches of a well-tended fig tree, studying the movements of the Kings’ soldiers, the Silver Spears, along the palace wall above.  Staring up through the leaves, she measured their pace as they marched from tower to tower, noted how long and at which locations they tarried.  She gave special attention to the changing of the guard, and was relieved that the same guards had been posted as on the other nights she’d hidden here.  Most important, though, was their mood.  She weighed it – as well as she could from a hundred feet below – and to her great relief, found them attentive, but no more than usual.  Had they seemed more prepared, on edge in some way, she knew she would have been forced to abandon her plan to kill the King of Kings.

This great palace that sat atop Mount Tauriyat was named Eventide and it was the home of Kiral, the King of Kings.  Not only was it the highest and largest of Sharakhai’s palaces, it was the most difficult to penetrate.  Its walls stood higher than any other palace.  Its western side was built atop a sheer rock face, making it near impossible for any sizeable force to approach from that angle.  Watch towers stood like sentinels every fifty paces, and the winding road leading up to it had a gorge spanned by a drawbridge that, unlike many of the other palaces on Tauriyat, was often raised.

My First Impressions

Its just so good to be returning to this world and no messing about at all – straight into an incredibly tense situation with Ceda.  I’ve only just started this one but the writing is as good as I remembered from the first and I’m just so damned pleased to be reading about Ceda that at the moment I’m quite giddy with anticipation!

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.

Friday Firsts: The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer

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 week I’m reading  The Black Wolves of Boston by Wen Spencer.

blackwolvesJoshua really thought it would be easier to catch a rabbit; he was a werewolf, after all.  The stupid things, though could turn on a dime and kept zigging when his body kept zagging.

And then there were the trees.

He hit, yet another oak tree, this one only about four inches wide, but enough to knock him down and nearly knock him out when he hit it.  Acorns rained down on him.  It felt like the oak tree was laughing at him.

“Stupid tree.”  He kicked it while still lying flat on his back.

There was a loud crack and it toppled slowly away from him.

Joshua groaned and slapped his hands over his eyes.  He was doing this at night so no one would see him or know what he’d done.  People might not notice if half the trees in the Back Bay Fens Park had face impressions but they weren’t going to miss a downed tree.

My First Impressions

Well, I think those first few sentences clearly give the impression that Joshua is a new wolf and isn’t coping well at coming to grips with everything.  I think it also manages to inject some levity into the book and give the impression that though this could be serious in parts it will also be tempered with humour.  I’m really enjoying this so far to be honest.  There’s plenty going on and the urban fantasy elements are really good.

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.

Friday Firsts: Department Zero by Paul Crilley

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 week I’m reading  Department Zero by Paul Crilley

department-zero‘The polite term for what I do for a living is “biohazard remediation.”

That’s what I say in anyone asks me at a dinner party.  Not that I’m ever invited to dinner parties.  (Megan got custody of all the friends in the divorce.)  But it’s what I’d say if I was invited, and if someone was actually polite enough to approach through the chemical smell of industrial-strength cleaning products that clings to my body.

Another term for what I do is Crime and Trauma Scene Decontamination.  Or CTSDecon, if you want to sound cool.

Which, basically, means that I clean up stiffs for a living.

All the stiffs.  No prejudice in my line of work.

Murder? Check.

Suicide? Check

Murder-suicide? Check.

Industrial accidents? Check.

Decomposition after unattended death? Check.

Spontaneous human combustion? Check. (Not that I’ve ever had one of those, but I live in hope.)’

My First Impressions

Well, no messing around there then!  What a great opening, I think I’m going to enjoy this one.

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.
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