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17 July 2020

Book Beginnings: The Beholder by Anna Bright

For Book Beginnings, Rose City Reader invites us to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

For Friday 56, Freda's Voice asks you to turn to Page 56 in your book or 56% on your e-reader and pick a sentence.

I am currently reading The Beholder by Anna Bright.

Once upon a time always began on nights like tonight.
I  got this book in a Fairyloot box in May 2019 and I absolutely adored it. I even shared my five favourite quotes from The Beholder by Anna Bright. But I'm a year on from reading it and falling in love, and my pre-order of the sequel The Boundless has just arrived. So it's time for a reread.

I feel like this first line really sets the tone for the story. You immediately get a slightly wry hint that maybe fairytales aren't straight forward. It sets the scene too, I immediately picture an almost perfect night with twinkling lights and happy thoughts.

I could stare at this cover forever. It gives me Black Sails vibes, and I love the intricacies. The more I stare, the more details come out. It's truly stunning.

When my home was out of sight, I stood by myself, avoiding the gazes of the soldiers hustling around the deck and imagining how ridiculous I must look, filthy and staggering around in a ruined dress, one glittering shoe in hand..
This is from page 57 in my finished hardback copy (page 56 is blank).

This part of the story is where things truly take a turn. I love how this line echoes back to the familiar fairytal Cinderella, and how this captures how Selah feels in the moment. I think it's very cleverly written and perfect for this scene.

I can't put in to words how much I love this book, this story. The Beholder by Anna Bright is truly beautiful and I am so happy to be reading it again. I love the slow build and burn of the story, and t he epic adventure within the pages.

What are you reading this week?


  1. Oh I love this! Putting it on my TBR list right now. I haven't heard of the series before, thanks for showcasing it! I'm rather too old for fairy tales, but I can just say I'm reading it for my kitten.

    Hope you will have a good weekend. Here's my Weekend Book Friends

  2. I love how we catch a glimpse of the action and the character through these snippets. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “THE SAFE PLACE”

  3. Love the cover and the snippets! Sounds wicked good!! Happy weekend!

  4. This sounds really good. I need to read it.

    Lauren @ Always Me

  5. Great review! I've just started Out of Love by Hazel Hayes and I'm loving it so far!

  6. Oh I haven't read this but have heard some really good things!

  7. I have this and still haven't got to it! Hopefully soon:)

  8. Where do you find all these awesome books please?


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