Friday Firsts : The Moonlight by SKS Perry

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 Moonlight War by SKS Perry (one of my SPFBO books).

moonlight warTasha eyed the stone causeway that connected the mainland to the city of Vietor.  Night was fast approaching.  The street lamps were lit and the watch would soon shut the city gates for the evening.  He bent forward and vigorously brushed the sand from his long, matted hair, then wiped the grit from his eyes with the tattered sleeve of his robe.  A month in the wastelands had left him with sand in places it had no right to be.  With luck he had enough money for a room and a bath, and maybe a new pair of boots, but first he had to make the city.  Maybe five minutes to cross the bridge, another five to the city gates; he could just make it if he hurried.

He was less than halfway across when he saw the soldiers make their way onto the causeway.  A mounted warrior, a Daesho in red lacquered armour, led a line of spearmen spread out across the width of the crossing, arms at the ready as they advanced.  A palanquin and its bearers trailed behind, a minor lord, if the only twenty or so retainers were any indication.

Tasha knew he should retreat.  Just turn around and clear the bridge until after the procession had passed.  The arrogant bastards meant to clear the way, allowing no one to pass until they’d made the far side.

What was one more night spent out of doors?  He closed his eyes and shuddered at the thought of the thin sleeping roll slung at his hip.  There was still one last bit of dried horsemeat left in his food pouch.  He could make do.

My First Impressions

But, does he want to ‘make do’?  That is the question.  I thought this was a good opening and I was keen to find out more about Tasha and what action he would take.  What do you think – did he turn back? Or not??

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.

My 8th book: Final Stage: #SPFBO 16

FullSizeRender-10November 1st saw the start of the second stage of the SPFBO – the Self Published Fantasy Blog off organised by Mark Lawrence.  All the details can be found here.

Today I’m highlighting the seventh book that I will be reading for the SPFBO.  All the books have been drawn randomly.  My books so far:

  1. Shadow Soul by Caitlyn Davis, review here.
  2. Paternus by Dyrk Ashton (review here).
  3. The Grey Bastards by Jonathan French.
  4. Larcourt K A Krantz ( Fire Born, Blood Blessed #1) My review is here.
  5. Ráth Bládhma (Fionn mac Cumhaill #1) by Brian O’Sullivan, review here.
  6. The Music Box Girl by K.A. Stewart.  Review here.
  7. The Path of Flames by Phil Tucker.  Review to follow

My next book (only two remaining now):

The Moonlight War by SKS Perry:

moonlight warThree caravans have vanished traversing the Cowcheanne Way. The legendary Tahsis platoon, warriors thought by most to be invincible, are dispatched to investigate and are never heard from again. Rumours of native uprisings and bandit armies grow wilder and more widespread every day, while the more devout whisper about the return of the Horde, a mythic foe from ages past.

The truce between the warring Kael-tii and Ashai nations is put to the test when a new caravan is outfitted and they are forced to travel The Way together. As an ancient evil is unleashed upon them, a group of heroes, friend and foe alike, must band together for survival.

When the true nature of their mission slowly comes to light, the growing distrust between the Kael-tii and Ashai camps threatens to tear the caravan apart. Can they set aside their differences in time to combat the menace that imperils them all, or are they doomed to join the ranks of lost souls claimed by the cursed Cowcheanne Way?