“Lily’s lamp blew out as she bolted down the hallway. She threw the lamp aside, splashing oil across the painted wall and fine rug. The liquid glistened in the moonlight.
The house was empty. Silent save for her panicked breathing. She’d given up on screaming. Nobody seemed to hear.
It was as if the entire city had gone dead.”
Published: May 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genera: YA Fantasy
Series: First of a possible 2 books, only one released at this time
How does one describe Artemis Fowl? Various psychiatrists have tried and failed. The main problem is Artemis’s own intelligence. He bamboozles every test thrown at him. He has puzzled the greatest medical minds and sent many of them gibbering to their own hospitals. There is no doubt that Artemis is a child prodigy. But why does someone of such brilliance dedicate himself to criminal activities? This is a question that can be answered by only one person. And he delights in not talking. Perhaps the best way to create an accurate picture of Artemis is to tell the by now famous account of his first villainous venture. I have put together this report from first-hand interviews with the victims, and as the tale unfolds you will realize that this was not easy. The story began several years ago, at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Artemis Fowl had devised a plan to restore his family’s fortune. A plan that could topple civilizations and plunge the planet into a cross-species war. He was twelve years old at the time …
Publisher: Currently Disney Hyperion
Genera: Middle Grade Fantasy
Series: First of at least 8, all currently out
“Let’s go fight the girls!”
Inda Algara-Vayir’s shout signalled the end of morning chores. Broom handles clattered against the stable walls and buckets thumped down as the boys of Castle Tenthen whooped with joy. Dawn had brought the first clear day of a late spring. After winter’s bleakness, the sunlight shafting from the still-low northern sun cheered the castle’s people going about their work.
For the young, it meant the first war game of the year.
Published: August 2006
Genera: Adult Fantasy
Series: First of 4, all of them out.
“That is my decision. We need not discuss it.” said the man at the desk. He was already looking at a book. His to children left the room, closing the door behind them.
“He doesn’t want us around,” the boy muttered. “He doesn’t care what we want.”
“We know that,” was the girl’s answer. “He doesn’t care about anything, except his books and scrolls.”
The boy hit the wall. “I don’t want to be a knight! I want to be a great sorcerer! I want to slay demons and walk with the gods -“
“Do you think I want to be a lady?” his sister asked. ” ‘Walk slowly, Alanna,’ ” she said primly. ” ‘Sit still, Alanna. Shoulders back, Alanna.’ As if that’s all I can do with myself!” She paced the floor. “There has to be another way.”
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (also Scholastic, Simon Pulse and Random House)
Pages: 260 (most recent edition)
Genera: YA fantasy
Series: First of 4, all are out
“You’re a new one.”
The ‘new one’ – a boy of fifteen – paused inside the courtyard, mentally translating the words.
“Yes, I am,” Vidanric Reselaeus said carefully in the language he’d been studying so hard since winter.
The Remalnan boy and the Marloven men regarded on another. […]
To the Marloven the newcomer was obviously a foreigner. […] You heard about people wearing lace, but this was the first time he’d actually seen it.
Published: August 2008
Publisher: YA Angst
Genera: YA Fantasy
Series: Prequel that should be read after Crown Duel
I’m due for a re-read of this one.
Another excellent start to a novel that has me interested and excited to see what happens next!
I’m pretty much fucked.
That’s my considered opinion.
Six days into what should be the greatest two months of my life, and it’s turned into a nightmare.
I don’t even know who’ll read this. I guess someone will find it eventually. Maybe a hundred years from now.
For the record … I didn’t die on Sol 6. Certainly the rest of the crew thought I did, and I can’t blame them. Maybe there’ll be a day of national mourning for me, and my Wikipedia page will say, “Mark Watney is the only human being to have died on Mars.”
And it’ll be right, probably. ‘Cause I’ll surely die here, Just not on Sol 6 when everyone thinks I did.
Published: February 2014
Publisher: Crown (Random House)
Genera: SciFi (adult??)
Currently: about 2 pages in and enjoying it
This is not the start of the prologue, for once! However, still an excellent start, in my humble opinion.
As she woke up in the pod, she remembered three things. First she was travelling through open space. Second, she was about to start a new job, one she could not screw up. Third, she had bribed a government official into giving her a new identity file. None of this information was new, but it wasn’t pleasant to wake up to.
Published: July 2014
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Genera: SciFi (possibly adult??)
Currently: about 1/3 in and LOVING IT