• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “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!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
I’ve enjoyed reading many, if not all, of Philippa Gregory‘s historical novels, especially her Tudor Court novels, all told from the perspective of royal women. The story of the King’s Curse is told by Margaret Pole, niece of two Plantagenet kings living under the Tudor rule of Henry VII and Henry VIII. This is from p.237:
I have lived under the rule of a fearful king and I know that fear is a contagion, just like the Sweat. A frightened king first fears his enemies and then his friends and then he cannot tell one from the other until every man and woman in the kingdom fears that they can trust no one.
Here’s the first chapter, first two paragraphs, a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea:
In the moment of waking I am innocent, my conscience clear of any wrongdoing. In that first dazed moment, as my eyes open, I have no thoughts; I am only a smooth-skinned, tightly muscled young body, a woman of twenty-six, slowly waking with joy to life. I have no sense of my immortal soul, I have no sense of sin or guilt. I am so deliciously, lazily sleepy that I hardly know who I am.
Slowly, I open my eyes and realize that the light coming through the shutters means that it is late in the morning. As I stretch out, luxuriously, like a waking cat, I remember that I was exhausted when I fell asleep and now I feel rested and well. And then, all in a moment, as if reality had suddenly tumbled down on my head like glossy-sealed denouncements from a high shelf, I remember that I am not well, that nothing is well, that this is the morning I hoped would never come: for this morning I cannot deny my deadly name: I am the heir of royal blood, and my brother — guilty as I am guilty — is dead.
Would you keep reading? Share your current read, a teaser, first chapter first paragraph!