Friday 56: MIDNIGHT WARRIOR by Iris Johansen

Here's the gist:
* The Friday 56 is hosted by Storytime with Tonya and Friends.
* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Post any sentence from that page (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog. (If you do not have your own blog, post it in the comments section of this blog.) Be sure and let me know with a comment if you've put the Friday 56 on your blog, so I can stop by and comment!
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Today I'm sitting at my desk for the Friday 56, nowhere near the stack of books that normally sit next to me. However, in my desk drawer are a few books that I've lent out over the past few years, that got tucked away in my desk after being returned.

So, todays Friday 56 comes from Iris Johansen's "Midnight Warrior". Years ago, the first romance novels I ever read were Iris Johansen's historicals. (Thanks Glenda, for hounding me until I read one of her books! I owe you a LOT!) I remember how swept away I was, not only by the romance in the books, but by the complexities of the stories, and the crazy beautiful way she painted the setting of each book with her words. I learned a lot about history, a lot about far off places, by reading her books. And they instilled a love of the romance genre in me that is still going strong today!

"Midnight Warrior" is the story of Brynn, a slave known for her talents as a healer, and Gage, the the warrior who enlisted her skills to care for his friend and comrade, who'd been injured on the battlefield. Of course, they eventually become much more than slave/healer and warrior/master, and along the way the reader gets a glimpse into the Battle of Hastings. A good read, for certain!

From Page 56:
She relaxed as she glanced at him. "Yes, very beautiful.
I've never seen such a lovely, peaceful place."

"Peaceful?" Gage's tone was mocking. "I didn't think
there was such a place on this earth."

I love how, in this quote, with just these few words, we see the differences in their points of view. To Brynn, peace and beauty are absolutely possible and do certainly exist in the world. To Gage, such things are next to impossible. How ironic, that it's the slave who sees beauty, and the master who thinks it doesn't exist. I think she'll bring him around in then end ;)


  1. Beautiful teaser!

    Thank you for coming by my blog earlier today. I am to press the GFC button after leaving this message, but I wanted to first invite you to join my Saturday Meme "Quote It". I saw your last post and thought fitting. Here is last Saturday's, sorry I'm not tech-savvy enough to link it direct; http://fredasvoice.blogspot.com/2010/08/quote-it_21.html

    Hope to see you again at my place!

  2. Thanks for the invite! I'll be sure to stop by tomorrow! :)

  3. That sounds fascinating. I think I might check on the book. sounds very interesting. =)

  4. I like your own comment about the 56. It is interesting how their view of the world diverges so much and you'd think it'd be the other way around.

    Very cool!