Teaser Tuesday – 17th July, 2018 #Brainfluffbookblog #TeaserTuesday

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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:

Redemption’s Blade: After the War by Adrian Tchaikovksy

24% The very presence of the Kinslayer, over years of occupation, had twisted the terrain to fit his inner nature. Everything was poisonous or jagged or hideous. But perhaps he had looked on all of this and counted it as beautiful. Perhaps it was a comfortable home to the Yorughan.
“No,” Nedlam told her. “I mean, look at it. Can’t even sit down without getting a sharp rock up your arse. Better than below, though.”
“Always better than below,” Heno agreed. By then they were in Bleakmairn’s shadow, waiting to see if the occupants would greet them with arrows.

BLURB: Ten years ago, the renegade demigod known as the Kinslayer returned. His armies of monsters issued from the pits of the earth, spearheaded by his brutal Yorughan soldiers. He won every battle, leaving burnt earth and corruption behind. Thrones toppled and cities fell as he drove all before him. And then he died. A handful of lucky heroes and some traitors amongst his own, and the great Kinslayer was no more.

Celestaine was one such hero and now she has tasked herself to correct the worst excesses of the Kinslayer and bring light back to her torn-up world. With two Yorughan companions she faces fanatics, war criminals and the monsters and minions the Kinslayer left behind as the fragile alliances of the war break down into feuding, greed and mistrust. The Kinslayer may be gone, but he cast a long shadow she may never truly escape.

I am loving this one. The premise is that the heroic battle has been fought, complete with maniacal despot intent on world domination at all costs… engineered monsters and twisted mutants… a rampaging dragon… And now we are in the happily ever after. Though it’s not turning out to be quite as happily as those epic stories would have you believe.

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23 responses »

    • Yes, the worldbuilding is certainly there, but wrapped up in amongst the action, which I really appreciate. Tchaikovsky is now one of my favourite authors.

    • I look forward to hearing your views on it, Mogsy. Looking at Goodreads, I’ve been rather startled at the real mix of reactions to this one – a number of folks really don’t like it and I’m trying to figure out why…

  1. I’m currently reading this one too. I found it a little slow to begin with but I think I’m sucked in now – about 25% in. I’m enjoying the characters.
    Lynn 😀

    • Yes, I am loving it:). But then I fell in love with the premise when I first read it – and Tchaikovsky regularly starts slowly and reels his readers in…

  2. This not-so-happily ever is well-timed. I’m in the midst of Maas’ Court of Thorns and Mist and Yadda Yadda, and I’m thinking of using it for a post on expectation vs. payoff. The first book establishes expectations that are NOT met in the second book, but the second book IS good in many ways, so I’m rather torn…

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