First chapters are really important for me…well they should be for every author, but I place a lot of emphasis on them. Some of my favorite openings have been:
* Theft of Swords: The Crown Conspiracy – the thought of Riyria being robbed and Royce giving the thieves advice for the future just seemed like a great, fun way to start out a book.
* Theft of Swords: Avempartha – I really liked Royce and Hadrian putting the squeeze on “DeWitt” for him setting them up. I also liked the way that whole conflict resolved itself.
I’m actually thinking that the first chapter of Dherg may be my favorite so far. I think I’m channeling a bit of “The Jester” by starting this chapter out with a great roller coaster ride…very reminiscent of the opening of Indiana Jones (one of my favorite movies). So I’m pretty darn happy right now, and am going to get back at it. But just wanted to drop in update people about how book #2 is going.