Friday Firsts : The Moonlight War 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.