12 June, 2012

Teaser Tuesday (81)

Teaser Tuesday is a bookish, weekly meme hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

Rules for participating:
  • 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 week, my teaser is from Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier. I found it at the library earlier today while browsing the YA section, and was attracted by the title and the cover, and then the fact the author had won the Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel. Apparently, it's a companion to Wildwood Dancing, which I've never heard of, but since companions are usually easier to jump into than sequels I thought I'd go ahead and read it regardless. So far, quite good.

(Australian books get some of the best artwork, I tell you. When I pulled this off the shelf I immediately went "OOH!"--silently, of course, since it was a library. You can see a larger version of this cover here, which I highly recommend looking at because there's so much detail. It sings Fantasy. Ahem. I'll shut up now.)

They were tall indeed: three floors high, with each level jutting forward a little farther than the one below. Rows of windows were set with colored glass: red, green, several shades of blue. I had grown up in a castle, and a most eccentric one at that. All the same, I was impressed.
-p. 54


What are you reading? Got a teaser from it?

-----The Golden Eagle


Preet @ A Written Rhapsody said...

I'd totally love to live in a castle!

Brinda said...

That cover is gorgeous!

Cherie Reich said...

Wow! That cover is beautiful! It'd make a great poster. Awesome teaser too!

Here's my TT.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Nice teaser :)

I'm reading through Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings (Part one). Here's the teaser:

"He groped with steel-covered fingers, finding another handhold. The gauntlets covered his hands, but the ancient armor somehow transferred sensation to his fingers" --p.198

I've not got that far in my reading yet - it sounds awesome :D

Jemi Fraser said...

Great snippet - I'm reading Myra's McEntire's Hourglass right now - but I don't have it here with me to quote from. It's really good though!

Old Kitty said...

Oh the cover is stunning!! So dreamlike and I love the teaser too!! Thanks for sharing! Take care

Jennifer Hillier said...

Great teaser - the author gets across the majesty of the castle in so few words!

J. A. Bennett said...

very beautiful cover, makes me want to know more :)

Elise Fallson said...

I would have accidentally said "OOH!" out loud. Nice teaser.

Right now I'm reading two books, Carved in Bone by J.Bass "I had seen adipocere many times before. The term is Latin; it translates literally as "grave wax," and that pretty much sums up what it is and where it's found: a greasy, tallowlike material that forms when fatty flesh decomposes in a damp environment."

The second book is The Legend of Victor Standish by R. Yeomans "I grabbed all the courage and desperation I had stored in my bruised heart and decided to go for it."

The books are very different but both very entertaining and a great read. (:

Elliot Grace said...

...well spoken ;)

Written by a storyteller who's found their niche.


MoniqueReads said...

That is a great teaser and the cover is very eye catching.

My teaser.

Colleen Chen said...

I LOVE Cybele's Secret! It's one of my two favorite books by Juliet Marillier and ranks among my favorites of all time. And I like that cover too...

Sangu Mandanna said...

That is a spectacular piece of artwork for a cover, isn't it? Love that choice!

Matt said...

Sound's like the author is very descriptive! Looks like a good read :)

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

That is a gorgeous cover! And the writing is lovely. Such nice, vivid imagery. sometimes you find the best books by accident.

Christine Rains said...

Great teaser! It was a good book. I like her earlier works even more.

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Pat Hatt said...

Great cover and a nice tease too.

Deniz Bevan said...

Oh neat! I'd never heard of this before. Darn it, another one for the wishlist. I'm reading Cornelia Funke's Inkheart.

Beth said...

Great tease and I love the cover!

Samantha Sotto said...

I'm reading Tina Hook's Enchanted by Starlight. I'd love to share a teaser but my daughter just poached the Kindle from me to watch YouTube videos. :P

laughingwolf said...

great art...

did you get the library book you had booked?

Edith said...

I've heard enough about Juliet Marillier to be thoroughly curious by now. I'll have to put her on my (constantly expanding) summer reading list along with the Guardians of Gahoole series - I like children's books. ; )

And I agree with Elise Fallson... I would have accidentally exclaimed about the cover, then looked about me with a guilty smile at the annoyed bibliophiles in the surrounding landscape.

Ciara said...

Nice cover. Anything with a castle is awesome. :)

Charles Gramlich said...

I'm reading the third in the Destroyer men series. It's a bit slow so far.

Michael Pierce said...

That's a cool teaser. I love the cover, too!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Foreign books always are so colorful. The American versions generally are more plain and austere. I wonder if it has to do with religion. Here in the states, people seem to like austerity and simpleness. Loud just like "spicy" tends to frighten Americans. Give them meat and potatoes...

nutschell said...

wow. that is an incredible book cover!

RaShelle Workman said...

That cover is beautiful. Glad it's good so far. I'm currently reading THE IMMORTAL RULES.

In some ways they were worse than the bloodsuckers. They'd chosen to serve the vamps, selling out their fellow humans for the safety and luxury it brought.

Southpaw said...

I except is good, but that cover is a masterpiece!

Krispy said...

Nice! I have actually heard of Wildwood Dancing & I think it's on my TBR somewhere. It also has a gorgeous cover. Looks like we're all on a fantasy kick of late. I reviewed an upcoming fantasy today!

Thanks for the teaser!

Maurice Mitchell said...

The descriptions of the glass windows are amazing. I wish I could write like that.

- Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
@thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

M Pax said...

Awesome lines and cover. Looks like you stumbled upon a treasure.

Precy Larkins said...

Ok, here's my teaser:

Title: Cloaked
Author: Alex Flinn


I try to explain. "They're human now. They were always human. They were under a curse. Maybe you could get some real swans and--"


Talli Roland said...

Ooh, cool excerpt. I'd love to have grown up in a castle!

Talli Roland said...

Ooh, cool excerpt. I'd love to have grown up in a castle!

Talli Roland said...

Ooh, cool excerpt. I'd love to have grown up in a castle!

cleemckenzie said...

Castles look so interesting, but I'll bet they were drafty old places. I'd be fine in one if I were wrapped, say , in mink. Or is that politically incorrect?

Love this meme.

Patricia Stoltey said...

That really is gorgeous cover art.

I'm reading Tallgrass by Sandra Dallas (hardcover) and the short stories in The Corner Cafe Collection (e-book)...but they're all the way downstairs so I'll skip the teaser this time.

The Golden Eagle said...

Preet: It would be an interesting experience, that's for sure. I'd love to explore one . . .

Brinda: Agreed. :)

Cherie: I know! I want it on my wall. LOL.

Glad you liked the teaser!

Jamie: Thanks. :)

Wow, I love the tension in that scene! I wonder why he's climbing. And I really have to get around to reading something by Brandon Sanderson.

Jemi: It's good to hear you're enjoying the book!

Old Kitty: You're very welcome.

Jennifer: Thank you. Marillier is a good writer--it's effective yet descriptive throughout the book.

J. A.: It intrigued me when I first saw it, too.

Elise: LOL. I almost did.

I just read a post by Clarissa Draper about adipocere. *shudder* I never want to see it myself.

I like your second teaser as well!

Elliot: Indeed!

Monique: Thank you!

It's one of my favorites.

Colleen: So, what's the other one? :) I want to read more of her writing after having finished Cybele's Secret.

Sangu: Most definitely. :)

Glad you like the teaser!

Matt: It is. I really enjoyed reading it!

Carolina: One of the reasons I love visiting the library. It can be much more interesting than tackling a TBR list. ;) LOL.

Christine: Thanks!

I'll have to check those out.

Pat: Glad you enjoyed the teaser!

Deniz: I really liked the Ink Trilogy. What do you think of Inkheart?

Beth: Thanks!

I do, too--obviously. :)

Samantha: Interesting book title. Hope you got your Kindle back!

Laughingwolf: Whoever designed it did a really good job.

Edith: Me, too. There is some excellent children's fiction. :)

Maybe the bibliophiles would have understood--who hasn't gone crazy over a book at some point?

Ciara: It does add a certain pizzazz. :)

Charles: I hope it speeds up. It can be annoying to wade through a slow beginning . . .

The Golden Eagle said...

Michael: Glad you liked the teaser--and cover. :)

Michael: Interesting hypothesis. I wouldn't say that all of American culture is austere, though; there are some gratuitous bits. :P

Nutschell: I thought so, too. Part of the reason I chose this book for my Teaser Tuesday--I had my nose in several at that point.

RaShelle: Interesting teaser! I guess the character is talking about human mercenaries?

Southpaw: Definitely!

Krispy: I just read your review--you're reading some excellent Fantasy!

You're welcome. :)

Maurice: Me, too. What a gift that would be . . .

M: I did. :)

Precy: I just read that book earlier this month! Or last month. I forget exactly. :P

I remember that scene.

Talli: I would have loved exploring the castle.

And can I say, it's awesome to see your profile three times in a row. Triple Talli Awesome. ;)

Cleemckenzie: Maybe if there was a blazing fireplace somewhere, with a dragon or two to keep the place warm?

Patricia: I hope they're good books! :)

Dazzling Mage said...

The cover is gorgeous, and I like the teaser!

Deniz Bevan said...

I have to be honest, I'm finding Inkheart a little slow...

Paul Tobin said...

The cover is lovely, I think it would have made me want to pick it up and read it. how do you get hold of Australian books? I don't think they are available in the UK.

The Golden Eagle said...

Dazzling Mage: Glad you liked it! :)

Deniz: Aw, that's too bad. I thought that parts of the book were slow, too; though for me, they seemed to add to the story's overall literary element.

Paul: It's too bad if they aren't! I found this book in my library; I think whether or not people can buy books written by authors in other countries depends on which publishers buy foreign rights. Though I don't believe that's true of e-publishing, since the internet's the same across the globe.

Deniz Bevan said...

It's weird, I did enjoy the style - and I thought the characterization was really well done. But... something about the switching povs (more and more often near the end) slowed things down for me.

The Golden Eagle said...

Deniz: True, it does do a lot of head-hopping by the end.