Teaser Tuesday – 27th March, 2018

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by The Purple Booker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This is my choice of the day:

Children of the Shaman – Book 1 of the Children of the Shaman series by Jessica Rydill

94% The two men clashed like a hammer striking an anvil, and sparks and shards of ice flew from their blades. Yuda knew his own strength and his weakness; he did not stay locked with Sarl, but darted back, mocking him with speed and lightness of foot. When Sarl strode after him, he returned to the attack, searing the icy armour with tongues of fire.
Sarl spun, cursing like a man plagued with a gadfly, but Yuda was always just out of reach of his whirling swords.

BLURB: When their aunt is taken ill, thirteen-year old Annat and her brother are sent from their small coastal town to live with their unknown father. Like Annat, Yuda is a Shaman; a Wanderer with magical powers, able to enter other worlds. As Annat learns more about her powers, the children join their father on a remarkable train journey to the frozen north and find a land of mystery and intrigue, threatened by dark forces and beset by senseless murders that have halted construction of a new tunnel.

This is one I’ve had on my Kindle for far too long – so I decided to tuck into it. It has proved to be a marvellously engrossing read with lots of unexpected twists in a vividly depicted world. I will definitely be getting hold of the others in the series.

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18 responses »

  1. The fight scene is well written. Is the rest of the book equally as good? What about character development, or are you “in” far enough to tell yet? Here is my teaser for this Tuesday from Brene Brown’s I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t) non-fiction research on shame and shaming:
    “When we don’t reach out to others, we allow them to sit alone in their shame…Just like we can’t use shame to change people, we can’t benefit from other people’s shame. We can benefit from shared empathy. We don’t reach out to “fix” or “save” others. We reach out to help others…”
    This best-selling author works and does research at the university system where I teach, and I, personally, especially as a woman, find her books very helpful.

    • Yes, it is beautifully written, isn’t it? And the rest of the book is also beautifully written and the characters nuanced and complicated. I’ve now completed it and loved it. I’ll be reviewing it shortly:).

      I really like your quote from I Thought It Was Just Me – it’s so very true! Using shame to TRY to change people never works effectively – it leaves a residue of bitterness and anger whether the person changes or not… And reaching out has to be to HELP – ‘fixing’ or ‘saving’ isn’t the business of the person offering help, in those circumstances only the person in trouble can actually save themselves. The loving help of those around them may give sufficient encouragement and courage – but that cannot be ‘have to’ or ‘ought to’… Which are strong words of wisdom that those of us who have generations of family coming up behind us do well to remember. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. I love the writing style. As soon as I read “The two men clashed like a hammer striking an anvil, and sparks and shards of ice flew from their blades,” I knew I wanted to keep going. The idea of a train journey appeals to me as well. I look forward to your review of this book!

    • You’re very welcome – as you must have gathered, I really, really enjoyed this one, Jessica:). I’ve also posted the review on Goodreads and Amazon UK.

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