Thursday, July 28, 2016

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): The Dark Realm (Feyland #1) by Anthea Sharp


Welcome to The Friday 56, a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice.

These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.


I'm also taking part in Book Beginnings, a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader.  The rules are pretty simple - you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires.  Don't forget to link up your post's url with Rose City Reader.




This week I'm spotlighting my current free for Kindle read called The Dark Realm (Feyland #1) by Anthea Sharp.  I've had this one on my tbr for quite some time, but I finally took the plunge and downloaded after a friend of mine decided to try it and came back with great things to say about it.  So far I'm on page 58 of 319 and I'm really enjoying it so far.  The story combines immersive virtual reality gaming and a modern take on The Ballad of Tam Lin (one of the main characters is actually named Tam Linn, so it's pretty easy to pick up on) - it sounds like a strange combination, but somehow it's managing to work well.

Beginning:

Jennet faced the Dark Queen, her mage staff at the ready.  Excitement fizzed through her blood like it was carbonated.  This was it.  She'd completed her quests, mastered each level of the game, and made it here.  The final boss fight.

56:

Tam lifted a finger, and his Sorcerer's arms rose.  Magical energy gathered in a ball of glowing light between his hands, then spread down over Lorne's figure, encasing him in a layer of invisible armor.  Another wave of his hand, and potions appeared, hovering in the air before him.  Blood red, glimmering orange, dark purple - without hesitation, the Sorcerer chose two, uncorked the vials and drank.

Magical preparations complete, Lorne stepped over the litter of bones and walked to the edge of the darkness.

Truth time.  Jennet held her breath as the pebble of fear in her stomach turned to a boulder.  What if Tam wasn't good enough?

30 comments:

  1. An edge of your seat teaser! I want more:) And such a fabulous cover!

    My Friday 56 from Candidate For Murder

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    1. So far it's really living up to it!
      Thanks for sharing, Laura.

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  2. This one sounds like a book I would enjoy. I'll have to look for it. I pulled my book from my TBR mountain this week - Forever by Maggie Stiefvater. Happy reading!

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    1. I bet you would, Kathy! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Hope you are going to have fun reading this one! Doesn't the girl on the cover look a lot like Amelia Clark?? Here's my Friday Meets: http://marelithalkink.blogspot.co.za/2016/07/friday-meets-end-of-month-salticrax.html

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  4. Gorgeous colors in the 56! I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for sharing. Thanks for visiting my blog.

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  5. I grabbed the freebie a while back. Glad to see you are enjoying it. Happy weekend!

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  6. This looks intriguing. Hope you enjoy it. Happy Reading!

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    1. It was excellent, Heather. Thanks for visiting.

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  7. Not heard of this one but it sounds interesting, glad you are enjoying it.

    Stormi
    Friday Meme

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  8. Great choice. Sounds like a good one.

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  9. Virtually reality, that sounds interesting. Pretty description in that 56. Happy Friday, Lauren!

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    1. It was an intriguing way to bring in the fantasy element, that's for sure!

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  10. This does sound interesting and how great that it was a freebie:) Here's my Friday meme

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  11. Wow this book sounds fantastic! -Tina

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  12. This sounds like an interesting book.
    Free is the best price. It doesn't always bring with it the best books, but sometimes we come across a keeper. :)
    Have a great weekend.

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  13. It's always fun to start a new series, especially when it really pulls lye in.

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    1. Now, I need the rest of it right now. :)

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  14. That cover is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. Love free books. And thank you for visiting my blog.

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  15. I didn't realize this was about a virtual reality game, that sounds like so much fun!

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    1. It was very much so! Thanks for visiting my blog, Sierra!

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