Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Chronicles of Aetheria (Sept 5)

For my first Friday meme combo in about two months I have chosen the debut novel from a local young author – Chronicles of Aetheria by Callum Arnold. He is a thirteen year old who attends the same high school as my daughter. He has written what looks like a very exciting fantasy adventure and I am quite looking forward to reading it soon. The book also has some great illustration by his mom, Kim. The following is the description from the back cover:

chronicles of aetheriaChronicles of Aetheria is a tale of adventure and daring, of love and romance, but most of all, it is a testament to the power of family. Ezekiel Bright-Talon is a young, handsome knight who is employed by the king of the realm named Aetheria. However, the king’s treachery has been uncovered, and in order to save his beloved, he must overcome several challenges. Ezekiel is not alone in this fight, for his older brother Kalleth, and his enigmatic Uncle Bruinen and many others stand beside him. However, a tyrannical king isn’t the only evil to plague Aetheria. The Bright-Talon clan has a more ancient foe to face, one whose hatred spans all dimensions. A hatred that will stop at nothing to destroy Ezekiel and all that he loves. Even as this malevolent force builds in strength, unexpected heroes are called into the service of justice and peace.

Now for this week’s excerpts:

book beginningsBook Beginnings is hosted by Gilion at Rose City Reader, who invites anyone to join in, saying: ‘Please join me every Friday to 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.  Please remember to include the title of the book and the author. Leave a link to your post.  If you don’t have a blog, but want to participate, please leave a comment with your Book Beginning.’

The beginning of Chronicles of Aetheria:

A hooded figure entered town on a black horse. He whispered to the beast as he dismounted and the massive creature galloped off in the direction of the forest. The fog thickened as he approached the local tavern.

An intriguing beginning, making me wonder who this mysterious figure is and what part he will play in what follows. I have started the book, so I do know a little of what ensues after this, but I still have quite a bit to read yet.

Friday 56The Friday 56 is a book meme hosted by Freda’s Voice and the rules are as follows:

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56.
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it) that grabs you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.

It’s that simple.

From page 56 of Chronicles of Aetheria:

Verin sat by a roaring fire and imagined hundreds of ways he would torture his assailant from the tavern, when something caught his eye. He looked over at the cemetery. A lone figure was bent down on his knees, gazing into the hole Verin had just vacated.

Another intriguing excerpt. The tavern appears again and another mysterious figure. I’m hoping to read more of this over the weekend, so hopefully some of my questions will be answered. I think I’ll enjoy this one and I heard that the second book is finished and ready for the editing process, so I’ll look forward to picking that one up as well.


6 thoughts on “Book Beginnings and Friday 56 – Chronicles of Aetheria (Sept 5)

  1. Welcome back! 🙂
    I love that the book you chose is written by someone that goes to the same school as your daughter. That almost makes it personal to read.
    I love the beginning and 56. They sound promising, full of adventure.

    Happy weekend!

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