My Friday Post: Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 Meme







book beginning


BOOK BEGINNINGS is hosted by Gilion Dumas at Rose City Reader:

Here’s the book beginning that captured my interest:

Kell wore a very peculiar coat.

   It had neither one side, which would be conventional, nor two, which would be unexpected, but several, which was, of course, impossible.

Watch out for the cover reveal and author’s name at the end of this Book Beginnings and Friday 56 Post.


Friday 56


I initially came across The Friday 56 Meme via Caffeine and Books,

It is a weekly meme hosted by Freda at Freda’s Voice, click on the link to her blog, and the rules are pretty simple:

  • Grab a book, any book.
  • Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
    (If you have to improvise, that’s OK.)
  • Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it).
  • Post it.
  • Add the url to your post on Freda’s Voice.

There’s no page 56 on the book I have before me so here is a tantalising quote from page 55:

How had he ended up on this shelf? What had happened when his eye turned black? Was he born that way and hidden, or did the mark of magic manifest? Five years. Five years he’d been someone else’s son. Had they been sad to let him go? Or had they gratefully offered him up to the crown? 

Have you guessed the book from the quotes? It’s from one of my favourite authors:

V.E. Schwab – A Darker Shade of Magic.



This is Victoria Schwab’s fabulous list on Goodreads,  about the main aspects of A Darker Shade of Magic:


–Cross-dressing thieves

–(Aspiring) pirates

–Londons (plural)

–Sadistic kings (and queens)

–A royal who is equal parts Prince Harry and Jack Harkness

–More magic (blood magic, elemental magic, bad magic, etc. etc.)

–Epic magicky fights scenes


–And coats with more than two sides


This sounds awesome, can’t wait to read it. That list just sounds so appealing. What about you? Have you read any Victoria Schwab novels before?


Here’s the Goodreads synopsis:

Kell is one of the last Travelers—rare magicians who choose a parallel universe to visit.

Grey London is dirty, boring, lacks magic, ruled by mad King George. Red London is where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London is ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. People fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. Once there was Black London—but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell smuggles for those willing to pay for even a glimpse of a world they’ll never see. This dangerous hobby sets him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She robs him, saves him from a dangerous enemy, then forces him to another world for her ‘proper adventure’.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—trickier than they hoped.

Victoria Schwab’s website:



About Marje @ Kyrosmagica

Hi. Welcome to my blog, Kyrosmagica. A blog about magic, books, writing, laughter, and much more! I'm a debut writer in the process of finishing my first YA fantasy novel, set in Cambridge. I write book reviews on Net Galley and Goodreads. I have a penchant for travel and have relatives in far flung places, Australia, Malaysia, and Singapore, (my birthplace.) I grew up in in Bonnie Scotland, in Edinburgh, and now live in Cambridge. I love sunny, hot places, particularly Rome, Venice, Portugal, Barcelona, and I forgot to mention the sun drenched beaches of the Caribbean, how could I? I am lucky to have been blessed with two lovely daughters and a husband who I fondly refer to in this blog as my black sheep. Family joke! With my passion for travel, culture, beautiful beaches, good food, books, theatre, writing, and humour, I hope to keep you entertained. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey, please join me.
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7 Responses to My Friday Post: Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56 Meme

  1. JuliWitte says:

    Aaah I got to read the first opening chapters for this one on Netgalley and really want to read more now! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I hope you have a great week!
    My Friday post
    Juli @ Universe in Words

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Annika Perry says:

    Great quote and very intriguing. You’ve sold me on this book. I like the sound of The Friday 56 and will take a look. Thank you for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Elizabeth says:

    Interesting BB and F56. Definitely give a taste of what the book is going to be. Add in the title and cover and people should be able to easily tell if it appeals to them.
    Here’s My Friday Have a great weekend!


  4. Freda Mans says:

    That list of characters is fantastic! Between the snippets and that list, I am totally intrigued!
    Happy weekend!

    Liked by 1 person

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