Friday Firsts : Darien: Empire of Salt (Empire of Salt #1) by C.F. Iggulden

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 Friday I’m reading : Darien: Empire of Salt (Empire of Salt #1) by C.F. Iggulden.

darien‘He was a hunter, Elias Post, a good one.  The village elders spoke of his skills with enormous pride, as if they owned some part of his talents.  The people of Wyburn looked to him to bring them meat, even in the darkest months of winter when other places lost their old and young.

The land around them was exhausted, though they still worked it hard, forcing some small crop from each scrub field, guarding slow-growing things from crows and ravenous pigeons.  Sheep still roamed the bare hills.  Doves pecked and glared in their boxes.  Bees drowsed in lines of hives.  It might have been enough to feed them all if some of the woods had not been burned and sown to grow oilseed for the city, earning silver over food.  Elias did not know the rights and wrongs of those choices.  When the grain store was down to a crust of years past, when the warrens were trapped out and empty, thin-fingered hunger crept into the village, peering in at old men as they rocked by the fire.’

My First Impressions

I think this gets off to a very promising start, I would like to know more about Elias and also about the village and whether they survived that winter of hunger.

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.

Friday Firsts : The Bones of the Earth by Rachel Dunne

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 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.

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

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 Friday I’m reading : The Court of Broken Knives (Empires of Dust #1) by Anna Smith Spark.

Knives.

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.

Friday Firsts : The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

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 Friday I’m reading : The Only Child by Andrew Pyper

She was awakened by the monster knocking at the door.

Lily knows better than most how unlikely it is that this is real.  Through her years of training and now her days in the courtroom providing expert testimony on psychological states of mind, she has learned how shaky the recollections of children can be.  And she was only six when it happened.  The age when certain things get stuck in the net of real memory, and other things you try to sell yourself on having happened but are in fact made up, turned into convincing bits of dream.

What is verifiably known is that Lily was small for her age, green-eyed, her straight black hair snarled into a nest.  The sole survivor and there was the body, of course.  Her mother’s.

 

My First Impressions

I admit I’m looking forward to this book very much!  So, I probably enjoyed the start and had a great first impression regardless.  That being said – it’s a very intriguing start I think.  Can’t wait to discover more.

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.

Friday Firsts: The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist & the Psychic Thief (The Curious Affair Of #1) by Lisa Tuttle

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 Friday I’m reading : The Curious Affair of the Somnambulist & the Psychic Thief (The Curious Affair Of #1) by Lisa Tuttle

somnam2I admit that I did not plan my escape very well, but the fact is that I had not planned it at all.

It was the end of June, 1893, and I had been in Scotland for barely two weeks, a guest in a grand (if somewhat ominous, chilly, and underpopulated country house where I had intended to remain for at least another month, along with my friend Miss Gabrielle Fox.  Or, rather, my erstwhile friend.  The thought of Gabrielle, who must by now have discovered by defection, made my stomach plunge, and I felt ill with nerves and unhappiness as I sat, shut in alone in my sleeping compartment while the night express rocked and swayed and rattled through the border country.  I could ill afford the extra five shillings for a private compartment, but I had paid, because that is what a lady must do.  Even though I did not expect to be able to sleep, I lacked the energy to remain as alert and vigilant as one must be in a third-class carriage against importunate strangers.

Gabrielle Fox, known to readers who follow the reports published by the Society for Psychical Research as ‘Miss X,’ had been my closest companion for nearly four years.  although she had originally been my employer, by the time economic difficulties forced an end to that arrangement, a sympathetic understanding had developed, and our relationship became a partnership in which we shared work and its rewards equally.  When she was hired by the SPR to conduct investigations into various types of supernatural phenomena or to test the claims made by mediums and spiritualists of all kinds, I went as her assistant and wrote up our findings for publication.

Then Miss Fox was put in charge of an official SPR investigation into a haunted house in Perthshire.  Instead of being part of a larger team, she had absolute authority to decide how to conduct the affair, when or if to bring in experts (and of what sort), and told expense was no obstacle.  The house was turned over to us – the owner had gone abroad, leaving a small staff to manage the upkeep at our direction, a coach and horses also at our disposal.

 

My First Impressions

It all sounds too good to be true doesn’t it?  And, yes, a huge ‘but’ is obviously looming – otherwise why would our protagonist be scarpering off on a train in the middle of the night, running away from something by the sounds of it.  I like the style of writing, insofar as I can make a judgement from such a small snippet and I’m very keen to read on.

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.
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