Bibliophile By the Sea hosts a meme every week where you post the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are currently reading. When I looked at this section of the book I chose to read this week, I felt like I couldn’t not share it. Even out of context, it’s a pretty epic paragraph.
“The monster stood not a tongue’s length away, eyes fixed on our throats, shriveled brain crowded with air. Hallows are born lusting after the souls of peculiars, and here we were arrayed before it like a buffet: bite-sized Addison bravely standing his ground at my feet, tail at attention; Emma moored against me for support, still too dazed from the impact to make more than a match flame; our backs laddered against the wrecked phone booth. Beyond our grim circle, the underground station looked like the aftermath of a nightclub bombing. Steam from burst pipes shrieked forth in ghostly curtains. Splintered monitors swung broken necked from the ceiling. A sea of shattered glass spread all the way to the tracks, flashing in the hysterical strobe of red emergency lights like an acre-wide disco ball. We were boxed in, a wall hard to one side and glass shin-deep on the other, two strides from a creature whose only natural instinct was to disassemble us–and yet made no move to close the gap. It seemed rooted to the floor, swaying on its heels like a drunk or sleepwalker, death’s head drooping, its tongues a nest of snakes I’d charmed to sleep.”
How’s that for an into? Excited to see where this book goes, and how the story works itself out.