Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: December 29, 2023

Book Beginnings on Fridays is hosted each week by Rose City Reader. It’s a chance to share the first sentence or so of the book you are reading this week. You can check out others’ book beginnings here. I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday. And I’ll be sharing for Friday 56 with Anne at Head Full of Books! She’s keeping the meme alive – y’all hop over to her blog and join in the fun!

This week’s book beginning:


A coming-of-age fantasy tale of healing, purpose and the true nature of love.

“A wrong should always be addressed, Peregrine, but you cannot always make the scales come out even. There will be times in your life when you must bear a heavier load than someone else, simply because you can.”

In the quiet kingdom of Moran, legend tells of two powers that arise in times of crisis. Growing up in the forests of Blackwood as the daughter of a King’s Ranger, Peregrine trains weaponry and learns the healing arts, never dreaming those tall tales could affect her own life—no matter what the animals call her.

After her beloved father vanishes into the deadly White River that separates Moran from the vast, magical empire of Din Sul, Peregrine struggles to find her calling. Does the title the animals gave her fit into a bigger picture? Is there a counterpart who might finally understand her unique gifts?

Then the Spear Prince of Moran turns Peregrine’s small world upside down with a secret of his own. When Din Sul targets the prince, Peregrine will do whatever it takes to save him. But how could an inexperienced young warrior possibly outwit a powerful mage?

And how does a broken healer find healing?

Fans of Robin McKinley’s Chalice and Spindle’s End and of Patricia A. McKillip’s The Forgotten Beasts of Eld will delight in Peregrine’s connection with nature and her journey towards a place of belonging.

The morning dawned clear and cold. I doffed my nightgown and pulled on my riding habit hurriedly in the frigid air of the room.


She was already flying through the hanging—remarkably quietly, which told me she had no interest in waking her mother—but she grabbed the door frame at the last second and slung herself back through. “Yes?”

“Meet me at the stables.”

Are you intrigued? Would you keep reading? I’ll tell y’all, I am loving this book. Keep an eye out for my full review in a short while to find out why.

Book Blogger Hop is hosted by Coffee Addicted Writer. It starts each Friday and runs through the following Thursday. Each week, there’s a new prompt featuring a book-related question. It’s designed to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, make new blogging friends, and gain followers. See what others have to say on this topic and link up your own post here.

Did you exchange gifts for Christmas with other book lovers? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I did take part in the Broke and Bookish Secret Santa, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. That was a lot of fun! And my husband and I are both book lovers, and of course we exchange gifts. This year the stash included a new pellet grill for us, though, so that took up the gift-giving budget. Books will be for another day. I got a Books a Million card from my in-laws, and oh darn, that means we’ll have to go book shopping.

What about you? Leave a comment and link up at the Book Blogger Hop!

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8 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: December 29, 2023

  1. That sounds good. I might have to add it to my tbr. Happy Friday!

  2. Great excerpts! Thanks for sharing. Here’s mine: “KILLING ME SOFTLY”

  3. So your character flies? I am intrigued. I’d have to read on just to figure this out.

    Happy New Year and thanks for participating in Friday56.


  4. It’s funny, but I didn’t buy books this year for others.

  5. Paula Shreckhise says:

    Acadie December 1754
    Sylvie Galant took a deep pine-scented breath.
    From The Seamstress of Acadie by Laura Frantz

  6. This sounds great! I’m definitely intrigued for more. Happy New Year! 🙂

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