Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Teaser Tuesday: Child of the Northern Spring

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two "teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! Share the title & author, too, so that others can add the book to their TBR Lists!

This week my teaser comes from a book originally published in 1987 and getting a new lease on life from Sourcebooks, who is republishing the entire trilogy about Guinevere. I was really surprised that this book was written in first person, but so far I'm really liking Gwen's personality. Haven't met Arthur yet. I've chosen two teasers to share from the first quarter of the book that I think demonstrate the lyrical writing style and the blending of superstition and religion that was so common in this era of chaos:

Child of the Northern Spring: Book One of the Guinevere Trilogy

From page 22:

     I stared at Kaethi intently, wondering if she knew how close I had come to running away. Seer of the future and guide of my childhood, perhaps she could make a spell to set me free. But even as the thought came to mind, I knew she would refuse. It was she who had taught me that the moira of one's life spins out in its own way, and the best one can do is work within its pattern.

From page 70:

     The fire had caught at last, and there, silhouetted against the licking flames, the twisted form of my father capered and leapt about at the top of the roaring pyramid. He was dancing in the center of the blaze, making himself a bridge between the Gods and his people.

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  1. I have to find these books! I have a thing for tales of Arthurian legends. Great teasers!!

  2. These sound interesting. I should really read something about Arthurian legends. My teaser is from Beatiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. Happy reading!

  3. Great teaser! The writing is so beautiful. Thanks for visiting!

  4. Great teaser! Looks like an interesting book!

  5. Love the latter teaser!


  6. Here is my teaser from "The Lodestone Book One: The Sea of Storms" by Mark Whiteway (Prologue):

    It was early in the afternoon, when Kal first saw the flying rock.

    Well, perhaps "flying" was a slight exaggeration; a subtle embellishment that he might have used later when trying to impress his younger brother, or his friends after third-day prayers. It was a least enough to break Kal out of his reverie. Hymarr's reaction was the last thing he had expected.

    He has been rehearsing in his mind for days beforehand how he would ask her to accompany him to the Spring Gratitude Service. That morning, as he lay in his bedchamber, before even Ali-Gan, the yellow sun, has risen over the western horizon, he determined that today was going to be the day.

  7. Like you, I'm pretty surprised this is written if first person but it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing both quotes.

  8. Ohhhh. 1987? I haven't read a book published later than 2005 ._. Great teasers, though. Thanks for stopping by on my blog <3


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