Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Two Sentence Tuesday: Magic

I'm trying to get back to a regular schedule of writing and blogging, so here's a quick two-sentence Tuesday post.

I'm currently reading A Distant Magic by Mary Jo Putney, one of my favorite writers. She started out with Regency and historical romances, and is now writing fantasy historical novels. Here are the two opening sentences in her latest book:

"The two foreign gentlemen strolling through Valletta's market square looked like they had pockets worth picking. Nikolai quietly shadowed them through the crowds, knowing they would never notice a boy his size in the noisy throng."

Nikolai's encounter with the foreign gents is the first step in a remarkable journey that plunges him into slavery and forges his lifelong quest to free as many slaves as possible. A Distant Magic is a departure from Putney's usual with a more serious theme and the added element of time travel. I like her books a lot.

Now for the first two lines from my most recent release, Ilona's Wolf. I don't often use omniscient viewpoint (at least not purposely), but in this case I couldn't resist the fairy tale opening.

"Once upon a time, in the Kingdom of Velosia, magic was more precious than gold. The few who possessed it were highly prized, for not everyone could learn to wield the magic, only those who were sorcerers born."

The Two Sentence Tuesday post idea comes to us from

Linda / Lyndi


Travis Erwin said...

You lines sound right up my wife's alley.

Anonymous said...

The opening lines with "pockets worth picking" definitely grabbed my attention. Your latest release sounds fascinating, too, Linda. -Kathleen

Beth said...

I love 2 line Tuesday. Both of them were great!

deboradale said...

What a great concept! And what a great reminder of just how important those opening lines are. These were great and made me want to read on!

Cool idea, Linda!


Rhonda said...

I like the rhythm and musicality of your prose.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Thanks, Debbie and Rhonda.