Friday Friyay: 'Iron Widow' by Xiran Jay Zhao
Book Beginnings is at home on Rose City Reader, hosted by Gilion Dumas, and Friday 56 at Freda's Voice, hosted by Freda. I'll also be joining the Book Blog Hop, hosted by Billy over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.
The Hunduns were coming. A whole herd of them, rumbling across the wilds, stirring up a dark storm of dust through the night.' p.1
For eighteen years, my unibrow has saved me from being sold into a painful, terrifying death.
Today is the day I'm releasing it from its gracious service.' p.9
I wanted to share both of these quotes because the Prologue kind of gives you an idea of the threat, while the opening of Chapter 1 introduces you to the beautifully snarky Zetian. She is so angry and so sassy and so broken. I adore her.F56:
'If I've assumed wrong, I'd be dooming not only myself and my family, for no reason, but this hope of taking back the Zhou province.' p.56
This is from quite early on in the novel, where Zetian is still mid-assassination plan. But already you can start to see the weight that is on her shoulders, the burden she bears, the responsibility she is taking.
This week's question was suggested by Nicci over at Sunny Buzzy Books:
What spooky creature and/or setting do you never get tired of reading about?
Perfect question for the spooky season! I actually struggled a bit with my answer initially, but then I realized that for me it kinda really is setting over creature. I love an abandoned mansion. I also love a dilapidated mansion, which is not abandoned but perhaps should be. I also love mansions who look nice on the outside but are slowly decaying from within, full of secrets and perhaps ghosts. I also love perfectly normal mansions that just need a visit from Poirot to sort out their issues. I can keep revisiting this setting and almost never get bored of it.
Creature-wise, I guess I'm a pretty big fan of the occasional ghost. Not mad at the idea of werewolves, although I don't think I've read a book featuring werewolves in literally a decade.
So that's me! What are you reading? And what could you keep reading and reading?