Thursday, March 16, 2017

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Eagle in Exile (Hesperian Trilogy #2) by Alan Smale || 50/50 Friday - Best/Worst Debut Novel

This is 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.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader 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’s name.

     In A.D. 1218, Praetor Gaius Marcellinus is ordered to conquer North America and turning it into a Roman province. But outside the walls of the great city of Cahokia, his legion is destroyed outright; Marcellinus is the only one spared. In the months and years that follow, Marcellinus comes to see North America as his home and the Cahokians as his kin. He vows to defend these proud people from any threat, Roman or native.
      After successfully repelling an invasion by the fearsome Iroqua tribes, Marcellinus realizes that a weak and fractured North America won’t stand a chance against the returning Roman army. Worse, rival factions from within threaten to tear Cahokia apart just when it needs to be most united and strong. Marcellinus is determined to save the civilization that has come to mean more to him than the empire he once served. But to survive the swords of Roma, he first must avert another Iroqua attack and bring Cahokia together. Only with the hearts and souls of a nation at his back can Marcellinus hope to know triumph.

Book Beginning:
The sky was overcast, the air thick with humidity. The Iroqua captives sweated in their corral in the East Plaza, with the Great Mound and the Mound of the Smoke looming over them on either side.

My 56:
A mere two weeks later the spring meltwater was flowing down the Mizipi in earnest. It was as if the greasy river were conspiring with Avenaka and the shamans, constantly pushing them away.


50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books.  Every week they have a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts' blogs.

Best/Worst Debut Novel


Fantastic book, you all should read it.
Jekyll/Hyde retelling/sequel.


I didn't enjoy this book at all. I found everything to be boring.


  1. I'm afraid I don't care for books in this genre, but that's what makes the BB and 56 Friday's so fun. I learn a little about so many genres. I'd love for you and your readers to check out mine . . .

  2. Thanks for sharing some new to me books. Have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  3. Looks interesting. That might be a little too far back in history for the historical fiction I enjoy though. This week I am spotlighting The Cutaway by Christina Kovac. Happy reading!

  4. Having Native blood, I'm not sure how to take this one. I probably need to check it out more. Happy weekend!

  5. Not really my kind of read, but I hope you are enjoying it. Interesting excerpts.

    Here's mine: “NEVER CHANGE”

  6. How interesting. Love the snippets. Thanks for sharing. The Undoing Project is my Friday book.

  7. What a fabulous cover. I'd definitely read this series.

    My Friday 56 from Bone White

  8. The Heartless City looks interesting!

  9. Oo I haven't heard of The Heartless City before but I'm a sucker for retellings. Definitely going on my TBR! I'm sorry to hear you didn't like The Queen of the Tearling. I agree that it can be quite slow. Personally, I loved all the development but I'm also that person that loves reading the crazy long high fantasies as well as the short and sweet ones. Thanks for linking up, Marie!

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks