Tuesday Intros is hosted by Diane over at Bibliophile by the Sea and Teaser Tuesday is hosted by MizB over at Should Be Reading! This week I'm featuring Fated by Benedict Jacka, of whom I had the pleasure of meeting at Orbit's Urban Fantasy Evening. I'm only slowly making my way through this book due to time constraints, but I'm loving it so far, so here we go!
In the heart of Camden you'll find the Arcana Emporium, run by Alex Verus. He won't sell you a wand or mix you a potion, but he might just be able to help. That's if he's not too busy avoiding his would-be apprentice, foiling the Dark, outwitting the Light or investigating a mysterious relic that has just turned up at the British Museum.Intros:
'It was a slow day, so I was reading a book at my desk and seeing into the future.There were only two customers in the shop. One was a student with scraggly hair and a nervous way of glancing over his shoulder. He was standing by the herb and powder rack and had decided what to buy ten minutes ago but was still working up the nerve to ask me about it. The other customer was a kid wearing a Linkin Park T-shirt who'd picked out a crystak ball but wasn't going to bring it to the counter until the other guy had left.' p.1Surely I don't have to explain to you why I love the beginning. It's off-the-cuff mention of magic is all I've ever wanted.
'I sat Khazad down on the edge of the fountain and slapped him in the face twice, hard. A few people gave me curious looks but you can get away with a lot if you're blatant enough.' p.143I do think the slapping is in order to bring Khazad back to the land of the mentally present. I still quite like the whole scenario though, of these people looking on strangely.
So, those are my teasers for today! Leave a link to your post and I'll drop by!