Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Teaser Tuesday: Rowan by Josephine Angelini

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm.
To play along just do the following:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Rowan by Josephine Angelini.

Rowan – Feiwel & Friends

Sleep has never been easy for me, not like it is for city folk. I’ve never met an Outlander who couldn’t wait to open his eyes and see the day. To know he made it through one more night.
— Chapter 1

Above ground and out in the open and I feel like I can breathe again. Danger is immediate and basic in the woods, and I’ve always been more comfortable with that than with the hidden barbs and double speak of the city.
— Chapter 1

How often have I wondered was was going on in some other person’s mind or how something looked from their perspective. Books already allow you the unique possibility to experience something from inside someone’s head who is not you. And still you wonder if that singular point of view doesn’t miss something. Sometimes, authors will give you the opportunity to delve into another character for a while and I think this can greatly enhance the understanding of the plot or as in this case add another level to the story. Sure, Lily could discern a lot of what happened, but it is quite different to actually experience it from Rowan’s perspective. And I like that more publishers and authors are beginning to use the possibility of e-shorts to enrich their books. Sure, some might think of this as rip-off and that the author better write on the actual book. However, I think that authors sometimes need to do these character studies anyway to get to know them better and then why not use this exercise? Okay, maybe we could talk about the cost-benefit ratio a little ... nevertheless, it’s a really great way to bridge the last few days of waiting until the second book is released. And I for one can barely wait to get my hands on it!
This e-short won’t make any sense if you haven’t read book one, Trial by Fire. But if you have and liked it, then I recommend you take a look at this. It may be short and basically just tells the same plot as the first few chapters of the first book, but I’m certain that you’ll glean quite a bit of additional information from it and that you’ll be able to understand Rowan so much better ... also considering his relationship to Tristan and general outlook on life as a whole.

Which character would you like to have an additional perspective from and from which book? I’ll be happy to hear from you in the comments.


Shazziecar said...

Nice teasers, thanks for sharing.
I've always wanted another perspective on Harry Potter, probably from the last book The Deathly Hallows, he's such an interesting character to me.
Here is my teaser this week: http://www.sharonsbooknook.com/2015/08/18/teaser-tuesday-right-next-door/

sherry fundin said...

I love books because they allow me to walk in another's shoes. When an author tells the story from more than one characters perspective, I think it allows us to better understand the characters. Can't think of one character in particular.
sherry @ fundinmental My TT

Beth F said...

Interesting way to get to know a character better.

Nadene @Ttly Addicted 2 Reading said...

Interesting teasers. Here is mine

Juli Rahel said...

I agree with you, it's great when authors choose to expand their universe more and build more around their characters. I mean, it shouldn't stand in the way of exploring new projects etc. but it's fun! Your teasers intrigue me as well! Thanks for sharing :) I hope you have a great week!
My Tuesday post
Juli @ Universe in Words

Unknown said...

I agree. The little visits into characters minds to 'hear' their perspectives enrich a series and I try to grab those.

Here's my TT - http://fuonlyknew.com/2015/08/18/teaser-tuesdays-126-ghosts-among-men/

Dual Reads said...

I have been really wanting to read Trial by Fire, this extract sounds great so maybe I should bump the series up my TBR.

Kathy Martin said...

I like first person narration too. My YA teaser this week comes from A Beautiful Evil by Kelly Keaton. Happy reading!

Stormi said...

Sounds good and now I need to put Trial by Fire on my wishlist so I can get to this one. :)

My teaser

Literary Feline said...

I love the teasers you shared--the writing is lovely. I have mixed feelings about authors writing new books or short stories from the view of other characters. I can see the draw for both authors and readers in some respects. But I also think some of the arguments against it are valid as well. Ultimately, it's up to the reader to decide what to read and what not to read. If a person doesn't like those types of re-tellings, then he or she doesn't have to read it.

I have read a few re-tellings from a different perspective that work--and a few that have been horrid. I definitely prefer it when the stories are different from the original--I get to be inside a different character's head, but the same story isn't being rehashed. You still get a good feel for what the other character is thinking and feeling.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Liked your teasers, enjoy!

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