Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Just do the following:
1. Grab your current read
2. Open to a random page
3. Share two “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4. 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!)
5. Share the title and author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!
A low-hanging branch whipped at Brunin and he ducked low over Morel’s straining neck. Behind him he could still hear the clash of battle, but it was fading, as if they were out of the dining hall and in a vestibule.
– page 106, Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
Reluctantly Brunin raised his gaze to Joscelin’s flint-bright one. “I am not a coward, my lord,” he said tautly.
– page 224, Shadows and Strongholds by Elizabeth Chadwick
A Mediaeval tale of pride and strife, of coming of age in a world where chivalry is a luxury seldom afforded, especially by men of power. An awkward misfit, loathed by his powerful and autocratic grandmother, nine-year-old Fulke FitzWarin (known as Brunin) leaves his family to be fostered in the household of Joscelin de Dinan, Lord of Ludlow. Here Fulke will learn knightly arts, but before he can succeed, he must overcome the deep-seated doubts that hold him back. Hawise FitzWarin is Joscelin’s youngest daughter and she befriends Fulke. As they grow up, an implacable enemy threatens Ludlow and as the pressure mounts, their friendship changes until one fateful day they find themselves staring at each other across a divide. Not only does Fulke have to overcome the shadows of his childhood, he faces a Welsh threat to his family’s lands, and the way he feels about Hawise endangers all his hard won confidence. As the menace to Ludlow intensifies, he must either confront the future head on, or fail on all counts, not knowing if Hawise stands with or against him.
What I think of it so far:
Although I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, I usually go for Roman, Tudor and Victorian eras, so this jaunt into the medieval period is unknown territory for me. I’m enjoying it immensely and if it ends as well as it started, I’ll be looking for more by this author in the future.