Thursday, June 2, 2016

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Clash of Eagles (Hesperian Trilogy #1) by Alan Smale

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.

     It’s The Last of the Mohicans meets HBO’s Rome in this exciting and inventive debut novel from Sidewise Award-winner Alan Smale that will thrill fans of alternate history, historical fiction, and military fiction.
     In a world where the Roman Empire never fell, a legion under the command of general Gaius Marcellinus invades the newly-discovered North American continent. But Marcellinus and his troops have woefully underestimated the fighting prowess of the Native American inhabitants. When Gaius is caught behind enemy lines and spared, he must reevaluate his allegiances and find a new place in this strange land. 

Book Beginning:
Part 1
Nova Hesperia
Gaius Publius Marcellins galloped his horse along the marching line of his Sixth Cohort, racing toward the site where two of his men had been slain by the skulking Iroqua warriors.
I half read/half skimmed this book a little over a year ago. Not sure why I didn't really read it in it's entirety. The concept of this book fascinates me. I might have to attempt to actually read it all the way through.

56% on tablet:
"All together," said Sintikala. "All go; boy, man, and war chief." She laughed, the first Marcellinus had heard from her, a surprisingly free and joyful sound for one so daunting otherwise, and added something Tahtay did not translate.
I honestly have no memory of this scene. All the more reason to re-read this book very, very soon.


  1. I've been needing to branch out. I think I might put this one on my to read list...

    My 56

  2. I do like the synopsis for this one. Thanks for sharing! :-)

  3. I love finding new series to read. Thanks for sharing.

    Here's my Friday read - Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton.

  4. The cover has me as curious as the synopsis.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  5. Sounds intriguing. I've been reading a lot of alternate history lately and will have to add this one to my list. My book this week is To Love a Wolf by Paige Dixon. Happy reading!

  6. Sounds interesting and I like the cover. Enjoy!

  7. Thanks for sharing...I am always curious about the books I don't pick up...but learn about on blogs. Enjoy! Love that cover.

    Here's mine: “WILDE LAKE”

  8. I don't know... I think I need to learn more yet.
    Happy weekend!

  9. That looks very interesting. Here's a link to my post:

  10. That comparison had me right away. I love movies like this and should be reading books too. What a wicked cover!

    My Friday 56 from Lady Renegades

  11. I was just looking at this at the bookstore not too long ago! It looks great. :)