Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: July 14, 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’ll share a quote from the 56 percent mark for the Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice! I’m also going to link up with Carrie at Reading Is My Superpower for First Line Friday.

This week’s book beginning:


Adelais is on the run.

And the kingdom of Galmandie has never been more dangerous .

In every town square, people whisper of a girl who brought down lightning on her enemies. The king has placed a huge price on Adelais’s head and sent troops to hunt her down.

Adelais flees high into the mountains. But winter is closing in and she cannot hide for ever .

Far to the north, there is a chance of escape. Her homeland has risen in rebellion against Galmandie. To reach freedom and safety, Adelais must cross many miles of hostile territory with inquisitors and royal soldiers always close behind.

If she is captured, Adelais will be burned as a witch. But if she learns to control the storm of magic within her, she could be the spark that sets the whole country aflame .

Packed with intrigue, action and warring gods, The Rune Song Trilogy is perfect for fans of Robin Hobb, Mark Lawrence and Andrzej Sapkowski.

It was safer to stay away from people. Much safer. But when a sharp stone punched through the thinning sole of her boot, Adelais knew she’d have to risk a town.

As the fighting line formed in front of her and Rossignol, Adelais bellowed her anger across the meadow.


I had the chance to read and review the first in G. N. Gudgion’s Rune Song trilogy, Hammer of Fate. I really enjoyed it, so I jumped at the chance to read and review this one! Look for my review shortly.

What do you think? Do the snippets I’ve shared grab your attention?

Book Blogger Hop

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.

What are your thoughts on “happily ever after” endings? 
(submitted by Billy @ Coffee Addicted Writer)

I LOVE a good “happily ever after”! Generally, I like it when my books wrap things up neatly at the end and seal them with a kiss. Unless we’re talking a ripping good series that leaves some things unsettled to suck me into the next book. Then I can live with a little bit less than happily ever after.

What about you? Happily ever after, or not? Leave your thoughts in a comment!

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9 Responses to Book Beginnings on Friday and Book Blogger Hop: July 14, 2023

  1. Mark says:

    I’m definitely with you. Give me a good happily ever after, or mostly happy if they are planning on more in the series.

  2. I am quite taken with these quotes. I bet the book is very thrilling.

  3. Sounds like an amazing read and that cover really stands out! Happy weekend!

  4. Snapdragon says:

    I don’t really seek out happy endings. If their in a book that fine. I like bitter sweet endings more.
    My post:

  5. Jody says:

    I don’t really read too many HEA. However, a good happily ever after makes for a good change once in awhile. Have a wonderful weekend, Lisa ☕☔📚💜

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