12 Apr 2019

First Line Fridays: The Door to Camelot by Suzannah Rowntree

Today I am including an Arthurian Retelling. The Door to Camelot is the first in a Trilogy of short stories by Suzannah Rowntree. Its actually a re-publication of a full length novel entitled Pendragon's Heir which came out a few years ago.

I have included it because I'm an early reader for the second title in the series, The Quest for Carbonek. 
I loved the first book in the series, The Door to Camelot because its so steeped in Literature. Like every chapter begins with a quote from Tennyson, Milton, or some ancient poem about King Arthur, and because it was a great example of crossover fiction between and ancient and a modern setting.

The ebook is currently available for only $0.99 or the equivalent in your local currency. That might be a permanent price. 

What if King Arthur had a daughter?

Blanche was an ordinary girl in 1900 England...until the knight crashed through her door.

Now, her guardians say she’s a princess lost in time.

Now, her father’s enemies want her dead.

Raised in the wild, Perceval has never known his father. Hoping for answers, he sets out to pledge his sword to the legendary King Arthur Pendragon.

But dark forces threaten Camelot. And darker secrets fester behind the legend.

Sparks fly when Perceval steals a kiss from the strange damsel he finds in the forest. Blanche doesn’t trust this brash young knight...but as assassins close in, he might be her only chance of survival.

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  1. Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line of Amanda Dykes’s novella “Up from the Sea”. Here I’ll share with you the first line from chapter 25 of the book I’m currently reading, The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah E. Ladd. “They’d found her.”

    1. Thanks for visiting and sharing.

      My copy of 'The Governess' finally arrived yesterday! Had to get that out of my system.

  2. Happy Friday!
    Today on my blog I am sharing the first few lines from The Memory House by Rachel Hauck. It is SO awesome. You can see my post by going to: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2019/04/11/first-line-friday-82-2/. Currently, I am on chapter 22, so I will share a line from there.

    "The knock came late as the house rattled with the crashes and flashes of a spring thunderstorm."

    Hope you have a great weekend. Happy reading! 🙂❤️📚

  3. Happy Friday!
    The book I shared today on my blog is Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano but I'm currently reading The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sara E Ladd so I'll share the first line from my current chapter (17) here: "Delia chewed her lip as she traversed the path to Fairhold Cottage, mentally practicing what she wanted to say." Hope you have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

    1. You're the second person in this group who is reading this book. I'll have to get around to it soon!

  4. Happy Friday!

    The Door to Camelot sounds interesting. :)

    Today on my blog, I am sharing the opening line from Susan Anne Mason’s A Worthy Heart. I’m also reading The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky. The first line is:

    “If she lived to be one hundred and five, Katherine Evangeline Ramsey would never understand why every debutante must begin the London social season by curtsying to the king and queen.”

    Hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

    1. Thanks for visiting. The book is available on Kindle for only $0.99 I think its a permanent price, but I'm not sure.

  5. That cover is so interesting, and after that first line, I really want to know what 'it' is.
    My current read is The Edge of Over There by Shawn Smucker. The first line reads, "Abra could almost feel the rain, even though it was only a dream."
    Have a great day!

    1. Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend.

      The ebook of 'A Door to Camelot is only $0.99 at the moment, so you can soon find out what 'it' is ;)

  6. Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations by V. Joy Palmer is on top of my “read this next” stack. I’m sharing from Chapter 1 on my blog, so here is the first line from the prologue:

    “A great philosopher looks at his various struggles as fodder for his innovative thinking, but, since I am not a great philosopher, I look at my struggles as something akin to stepping on a bee the size of a Komodo dragon.”

    Happy Friday and have a good weekend!

  7. Eighteenth birthdays can be notorious...

    I'm sharing about a FREE novella by Tari Faris on my blog today, but I'm also in the middle of listening to Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, narrated by Juliet Stevenson. I'm absolutely loving it--both the story and the narration. Here's the first line from chapter 16:

    The day arrived on which the masters were to have an interview with a deputation of the work-people.

    Have a great weekend!

    1. I have heard of this one. Thanks for visiting.

  8. Today I'm sharing the first lines from Glory Road by Lauren K. Denton:

    "I'd been on the porch steps shelling purple hull peas for less than an hour and my thumbnails had already turned purple."


    Happy reading!

  9. This sounds like such an intriguing story! Happy reading!


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