Today I’m participating in First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea, in which bloggers share a bit about a book they’re reading or planning to read soon.
Prologue – A World Left Behind
The wind howled through the passageway and between the stone columns where Quentin stood, staring to the north. Dark clouds gathered, and lightening flashed in the sky. Shadows stretched across the fields in front of him as cattle ambled toward the safety of the west woods. Calves danced back and forth between their mothers, paying no heed to the coming storm.
Chapter 1 – First Encounter
Twenty Years Later
Linwood Avenue was a narrow street that ran east to west for a few blocks. Like so many other streets in Houston, its name had changed often and no one living on it remembered what the original name had been or why it had been renamed Linwood other than to satisfy the whim of a city councilman. The buildings on Linwood were a motley combination of apartment buildings and commercial stores, with the occasional dilapidated house thrown in for good measure. At the far west end of Linwood, across from a deserted lot-turned-park, there stood a row of townhomes, and in the middle of them sat 1744 Linwood Avenue. The building was three stories tall, with half the first floor below street level and chipped concrete steps leading up to the red-painted front door on the second floor.
“You have a power within you, one that is within everyone…It’s the same power that fills that building, that keeps that tree alive…and the same power that has attracted your attention…I know it’s all a bit strange to you, but I assure you it is quite real…”
Eleven-year-old Luke Rayburn has never seen a skyline without skyscrapers or fallen asleep to anything but the sound of traffic. But his life is about to change in ways he never imagined. When his father leaves for a year of military service, Luke and the rest of his family move into their grandparents’ home in the remote town of Countryside, a place like no other. Reachable only by a mysterious traveling tunnel and horse-drawn carriage, centaurs roam the landscape and shadowy wraiths slip among the trees. There, Luke will be drawn into a centuries-old quest for an almost-forgotten book whose secrets will determine the fate of the world. He will have to reach deep to discover the power within him as he battles the forces of darkness and an alliance of sinister men who seek to destroy any who get in their way. Luke’s only hope is to find the book before they do, but to do so he’ll need help from someone he never expected as the forces of evil come to bear on the magical world of Countryside.
Would you keep reading?