Friday, July 14, 2017

First Line Fridays #1: Oswui King of Kings by Edoardo Albert

I've joined up to the First Line Fridays group and today is my first contribution, worthy of note at least. 
For those unfamiliar, it involves sharing the first line of the book that we are currently reading, alongside a picture and synopsis. Just a fun way of sharing our love of books with our friend in the blogosphere.

So, for my first contribution, I am sharing my current read by a British author, journalist, and archaeologist. It's the last in a trilogy of novels set in seventh-century Britain surrounding the lives and reigns of three early Anglo-Saxon Kings who converted to Christianity Through their patronage, Christianity came to be established in the Kingdoms that formed what is now England.

Oswui King of Kings: Northumbrian Thrones Trilogy #3 


Although it all sounds very dry, I've loved pretty much every minute so far. The seventh century was a fascinating period, on the edge of recorded history in which myth and fact merge, pagans and Christians co-existed, and historical rulers entered the realm of legend. A world of heroic and notorious warlords, priests, and Saints in which some people could be all at once. Saxons, Britons, Scots, Picts and Irish all inhabited the Isle of Britannia, often vying for power on the battlefield and in the halls and Kings.

 The first line reads:

"The column of riders rode through the water meadows that spread out from the broad river.
 Click the links to see more on the book and the other titles in the series.
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18643058-edwin


Want to join in the book fun? Visit the other members to look at their books, and if you want, comment with the first line of your own current read. 

19 comments:

  1. Happy Friday!! My first line us from A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren: "Gage Watson blamed the trouble on the bright, sunny day."

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    1. Hello Becky, and Happy Friday. That's a Great First Line, is it a mystery/thriller book?

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  2. Welcome to the FLF family 😀
    I just started Cara Putnam's Beyond Justice. "If he didn't find that flash drive now, he would have to disappear."

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  3. Welcome to First Line Friday's! I've always enjoyed reading books set in the Medieval time period. Your book today sounds like one I'd enjoy!

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    1. Its very good, but I would recommend starting with the first book 'Edwin: High King of Britain'.
      The Trilogy was published by Lion/Kregel, and all three are available in the USA in Print and Ebook editions, and some libraries should have them of course.

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  4. Welcome to FLF and Happy Friday!

    My first line comes from Julian Fellowes's Belgravia.

    The past, as we have been told so many times, is a foreign country where things are done differently.

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    1. Oh, I recognize that name, and the first line is great. Its so true as well, I am always wanting to say that we need to understand and appreciate the differences in the past, instead of complaining because people didn't do or think the same things as us.

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    1. Thanks. Your blog looks great, I might just follow it. Like your name.

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  6. That actually sounds interesting. Welcome to First Line Friday!

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    1. It is. I don't think the Anglo-Saxon period gets nearly enough attention in Christian Fiction, and its a shame, because it is so fascinating and there are many great stories to be found in it.

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  7. Mr.-----. I glanced down at my seating chart, heart drumming in my ears. From Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer. Great book.

    Welcome to first line Friday. Those books sound interesting .. my husband enjoys reading that stage of history!

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    1. Oh sounds good. Get the books for your hubby, and maybe read them yourself too! :)

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  8. Welcome to First Line Friday!
    My first line is from Anne Love’s “The Gardener’s Daughter” in the Of Rags and Riches romance collection.
    Thump, Thump. She could plant herself in a library world such as this one forever.

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    1. Library? I love libraries, and bookstores. Could waste so much time browsing them.

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  9. Welcome to the group! I think you and I will get along quite nicely, we seem to share an overlap in time periods. Happy Friday!

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    1. Yes, I do hope so. Maybe we can cross recommend.

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  10. Welcome to First Line Fridays! We're happy to have you! :)

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  11. Happy Friday!

    Prologue
    January 25, 1980, midnight
    The first execution I attended wasn’t by lethal injection but by Old Sparky. ~A Twist of the Knife by Becky Masterman

    Happy Reading!
    Dinh @ Arlene's Book Club

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