Tuesday, December 20, 2016

First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday: For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

First Chapter Tuesday is hosted every Tuesday by Diane over at Bibiophile by the Sea. Join the fun by making your own post and linking up over at Diane's blog, or simple check it out to find more new books to read!

For the Most Beautiful by Emily Hauser

For the Most Beautiful

Chapter 1
"High summer on the slopes of Mount Ida. Sweat trickling down his forehead, flies buzzing around his herd with their incessant thrumming, the stench of the goats thick in his nostrils mixed with the salt of the sea air from the north. He pushes the hair back from his brow and looks up to the sky. The sun, Apulunas' chariot, is at the height of its course.

The middle of the day.

He moves to the shade of an olive tree, his dog following at his heels. The cool darkness beneath the shimmering leaves envelops him and eases the heat on the back of his as he picks up a loaf of bread wrapped in stiff linen and his leather pouch, filled with wine."
This isn't the most action-packed introduction, but I think it really gives some hints at the style of the author's writing, and it makes me pretty intrigued to find out where she's going with everything. From what I can gather, For the Most Beautiful is a tale of the Trojan war told through the eyes of some women from the time period. I haven't started this book just yet, but I am about to do so as soon as I finish up a few that I am almost done with, and I am really excited for it! I believe this book came out last year in the UK, and it's U.S. debut is January 10, 2017! This copy is an ARC provided by NetGalley, so I hope to dive in soon. :)

What do you think? Would you keep reading? (And feel free to join in and make your own post!) 
If you're enticed by this chapter, be sure to check out the full synopsis on Goodreads!

*Excerpt taken from the novel itself; I do not claim to own any part of the excerpt.


  1. I've read quite a few books about the Trojan War, Helen, Achilles, and so forth, also about the excavation when they discovered what they believe to be Troy, so this is a subject that holds fascination for me and I'm always open to another perspective of it. Thanks for sharing it. Here's my link for today about Lamentation by C.J. Sansom: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1oY

  2. Great description in the opening. I like the way the author establishes the setting right away and brings the character into the scene. Good writing.
    My Tuesday post features a middle grade novel: TOO BIG.

  3. I recieved much more insight about Troy and the surrounding time periods in a Western Civilizations course I took - taught by none other than a small, wiry Frenchman. He was great!


  4. I did like this intro and would keep reading.

  5. The author has such a beautiful prose. This is not my kind of read but if I ever wandered from YA, this wouldn't be such a bad start. ;)

  6. Not sure about this one for me but, I might try a bit more.