TEASER TUESDAY is a weekly book meme hosted by The Purple Booker. Anyone can join, just open your current read to a random page and choose two ‘teaser’ sentences (no spoilers, just enticing bait to lure would-be readers) and share them in a blog post or in the comments on The Purple Booker.
My first Teaser Tuesday is from The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Series #1) by Katherine Arden.
“The sensible part of her pointed out that perhaps a little meekness was in order when dealing with half-heard voices in the dead of night. But the cold was making her sleepy; she fought it with every scrap of will and had none left over for meekness.”
This sensation-stirring novel was published in early 2017, but I foolishly overlooked it because of the Fantasy genre label. That cover though, what an effective tease. Outside my usual reading wheelhouse, (a book mobile?) I picked it up for the “novel with a forest depicted on the cover” selection of my 2018 Reading Challenge. It’s held me captive ever since with powerfully layered prose, and a dark tone steeped in Russian myth. A time-tested folktale which feels new thanks to the revelatory voice of debuted author, Katherine Arden.
I’ll review a little more in-depth in a Bookish Jay and Reading Mermaid challenge update soon, but am laying this teaser upon you as a glowing testimony to the story; a winter fairy-tale that enchants, thrills (and chills) with literary finesse.
What are you reading today?