Books, Fairy Tales, Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays: Once Upon a Winter’s Night

Teaser Tuesdays

It’s time for another “Teaser Tuesday!”

This feature (or meme)  is one I originally discovered on my friend Kim’s site Book Munchies, and is hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm. For those of you who would like to play along at home (or more specifically on your homepage), here is how Teaser Tuesdays work.

– Grab (one of) your current read(s) and open it to a random page
– Share a couple “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
– BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)

—> Now on to the main event!

Once Upon a Winter’s Night (Faery Series, #1) by Dennis L. McKiernan

Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Roc
Release Date: July 1st, 2002
ISBN# 9780451458544
Page: 5

 

Glancing back at Camille and receiving a nod, he placed a shoulder against the rattling planks to brace against the wind and lifted the clattering latch and eased the door on its leather-strap hinges open a crack, putting his eye to the narrow space as a snow-bearing sheet of wind swirled in. “Ai!” he wailed and slammed the door to and crashed the bar down into its brackets.

“What is it Papa?” cried the children at the fire as they leapt to their feet and clustered, all clutching one another for support, the mother standing and shrinking back against the trembling knot of girls.

Books, Waiting On Wednesday, YA

“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Caller

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


 

The Caller (Shadowfell, #3), by Juliet Marillier

Hardcover, 480 pages
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780375869563
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

Neryn has made a long journey to perfect her skills as a Caller. She has learned the wisdom of water and of earth; she has journeyed to the remote isles of the west and the forbidding mountains of the north. Now, Neryn must travel in Alban’s freezing winter to seek the mysterious White Lady, Guardian of Air. For only when Neryn has been trained by all four Guardians will she be ready to play her role in toppling the tyrannical King Keldec.

But the White Lady is not what she seems. Trapped with Whisper, her fey protector, Neryn is unable to send word to her beloved Flint, who is in danger of being exposed as a double agent. When a new threat looms and the rebellion is in jeopardy, Neryn must enter Keldec’s court, where one false move could see her culled. She must stand up against forces more powerful than any she has confronted before, and face losses that could break her heart.

The Caller is the thrilling conclusion to the Shadowfell trilogy.

I have so enjoyed the first two books in this trilogy, and Marillier is so great at crafting a fully realized fantasy story.  The second book left thing in such a cliff-hanger-y way, with a huge punch to my emotional gut that it took a little while to recover. Accordingly, I’m both thrilled and nervous to read what will happen in the final installment. This is an author who is not afraid to leave us readers shouting, “Whhhhyyyyyyyy!” on our knees, shaking our fists to the sky. But I still can’t wait get my hands on it, even if she leaves me crying in the end!