9 Aug 2019

Book Beginnings and the Friday 56 #34

Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 are weekly memes hosted by Rose City Reader and Freda's Voice.


Book Beginnings: Share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. 

The Friday 56: Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% in you eReader. Find any sentence (not spoilery) and reflect on it if you want.

 What I've started reading this week:

by Madeline Miller


In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft.

When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.

There is danger for a solitary woman in this world, and Circe's independence draws the wrath of men and gods alike. To protect what she holds dear, Circe must decide whether she belongs with the deities she is born from, or the mortals she has come to love.

 Book Beginning:

When I was born, the name for what I was did not exist.

The first witch ever, Ladies and Gentlemen!

The Friday 56:

I had a wild thought there, beneath that sky. I will eat these herbs. Then whatever is truly in me, let it be out, at last. 

She is yearning so much to know herself, I like her already!

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Happy Reading!

5 Aug 2019

ARC news

I'm currently very excited, because I was asked to review Hester Fox's new novel, 
The Widow of Pale Harbour

I ADORED this author's debut work, The Witch of Willow Hall (read my review here), and I'm extremely glad I was offered a first peek into her new novel. A printed copy of The Widow of Pale Harbour is due to arrive on my doorstep soon, and you can expect a review in October, since that is when the book tour will run. (Until then I urge you to pick up The Witch of Willow Hall if stories with haunted mansions and witches are your thing.)

Here's how the new novel's cover will look like:

Publication date: September 17th