Readalong Chapter 01
If you’re new to the Readalong, check the starting post here- http://memoryswake.com/memorys-wake-read-a-long-and-update/ It has links to each chapter and more information. Remember, there can be spoilers for those who haven’t read this far yet!
The basic rundown- A girl (it’s not too much of a spoiler to say this is Memory) emerges from a nasty magic vortex thing. She can’t remember who she is. She meets Eloryn who tells her they have to run because wizard hunters and their dragon are after them. Cue chase sequence. Eloryn runs into a cave but Memory is blocked by a savage looking young man. Like this-
Insights- There’s a lot of chaos in this chapter, but a lot of important details too, like Memory’s burning sensation (uh, not like THAT) and the fact she was already injured when she arrived. Fantasy elements come in right away too. Eloryn mentions fae, we see magic and a dragon!
Author’s Thoughts- Sheesh, wordy! I think my writing style has changed a little since I wrote the early chapters of Memory’s Wake. I would now cut half the words out of this chapter and it would be an improvement. I like my writing a lot more sparse now, where in this chapter it feels like I describe every sensation about three times.
Wide green eyes, shadowed and full of fear, darted from the surrounding woods back onto her. “I’m not where I ought to be. Did you do this, did you bring me here? Was it magic of yours? How did you come to be caught within my Veil door?”
She could only gape at Ghost-girl. Magic? Is that why my skin’s tingling like this? But magic’s not real. She wasn’t sure she could say just now what was or wasn’t real, but the accusations confused and stung. She was sure she hadn’t done any bringing.
What did you think had happened to Memory when you first read this chapter?
Was it all very chaotic and confusing?
Did it have a nice sense of fantasy and draw you to keep reading?
What’s your favourite quote or moment from this chapter?