Saturday, January 11, 2020

Book Beginning | Friday 56 | Friday 50/50 | Blogger Hop | The Ranger of Marzanna (The Goddess War #1) by Jon Skovron || Best/Worst Read of 2019

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.

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.

I know it's Saturday. The smol one was sick this week and I forgot to post.

   When their father is murdered by imperial soldiers, two siblings set out on opposite paths—one will destroy the Empire forever and the other will save it—in this thrilling new Russian inspired epic fantasy from Jon Skovron.
   Sonya is training to be a Ranger of Marzanna, an ancient sect of warriors who have protected the land for generations. But the old ways are dying, and the rangers have all been forced into hiding or killed off by the invading Empire.
   When her father is murdered by imperial soldiers, she decides to finally take action. Using her skills as a ranger she will travel across the bitter cold tundra and gain the allegiance of the only other force strong enough to take down the invaders.
   But nothing about her quest will be easy. Because not everyone is on her side. Her brother, Sebastian, is the most powerful sorcerer the world has ever seen. And he's fighting for the empire.

Book Beginning:
 "Of all the enemies I have faced during my many years of loyal service to the empire, none have equaled the Rangers of Marzanna in sheer unflinching savagery. It was said they had sacrificed their very humanity in exchange for power, and that they worshipped Death itself."
  - General Matteo Fontanelli, 
 Memoirs of a Humble Servant to the Empire, Vol. 8

Friday 56:
"Death hungers for Life, and Life requires Death to give it meaning. To step outside this endless cycle is to finally know the gods in all their capricious cruelty."
 - Translation of ancient Uaine text, author unknown.

(The odd capitalizations are what's in the book)

*   *   *   *   *

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 and Worst Read of 2019. Narrowing down the best might be a challenge.

It was really hard to pick.

This world was not explained very well; unless I missed something.

*   *   *   *   *

Book Blogger Hop
Click Here to add your link

Q: Do you have a reading challenge for 2020?

A: I'm aiming lower this year, at 52 books.


  1. Looks like a great fantasy read!! Happy weekend!

  2. I aimed lower with my goodreads challenge as well. I'm hoping to just get through books on my shelves :)

  3. Lower and stress free is the best, and what I aim for each year.

    Happy 2020 Reading!!

  4. I'm hoping to catch up on some unfinished book series this year as well as my Goodreads challenge. Good luck with your GR challenge.
    I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.
    Here's my BBH Post
    Flora x