The Seventh Crow: Book Beginnings and Friday 56

Can you believe it’s Friday already?  Where has the week gone?!

Book Beginnings on Fridays

Book Beginnings on Fridays is a meme hosted at Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

The Seventh Crow by Sherry D. Ramsey

The Seventh Crow is a middle grade novel written by my friend and author, Sherry Ramsey.

Sherry is not only a fantastic writer, she is an amazing person and is continually promoting writing in our community.  She runs our bi-monthly writers group and teaches writing in the schools.

The book’s main character Rosinda grows wonderfully through the story as she learns her past and recovers her memory.

She is accompanied on her journey by a crow, a boy, a cat and a wolf.  What’s not to love about this charming story?

Book Beginning:

Rosinda trudged home with her head down, her backpack weighted with the homework Mr. Andrews had assigned for the night.  Skeletal leaves crunched under her feet along the side of the road.

A low croak made her look up, and she saw the crows.  They stood scattered in a loose line in the grassy swath beside the road, their glossy black feathers reflecting the late-afternoon sun, each just a wingspan from the next.  Every one had its bright black eyes fixed on her.  Rosinda stopped.

The Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a meme hosted at Freda’s voice.

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url.
*It’s that simple.

Here’s a blurb from page 56.

“What flag is that?” she asked Filara.

The cat glanced up at it. “The Horstribes have a new god, or possibly a goddess,” she said with distaste.

Rosinda shivered, not from the cool air. “I don’t like her flag,” she said.  The colours and symbols had a stark, angry feel.

Filara sniffed. “Looks like a war goddess to me.  They like to instill a little fear in those who follow them–and a lot of fear in those who don’t.”

Rosinda didn’t want to pass through the gate, under the scrutiny of the guards and the presence of a war deity’s flay.

Fortunately, she didn’t have to.  A squawk sounded from  the roof of a low building nearby, and Rosinda looked up to see a large black crow perched there.  It looked straight at her and bobbed its head a couple of times.  A wave of relief washed over her.  Traveller.

Here is the blurb from Amazon:

When you can’t remember most of your life, you’d better be prepared for anything. The day a talking crow meets her on the way home from school, fourteen-year-old Rosinda is plunged into a forgotten world filled with startling revelations: magic ability flows in her veins, she’s most comfortable with a sword in her hand, and the responsibility for finding a missing prince rests solely with her.

While dark forces hover in the background and four forgotten war gods from Earth’s past plot to reclaim long-lost power, Rosinda struggles with waves of slowly-returning memories as she searches for clues about her past and the true identity of her family; a search that takes her back and forth between two worlds. In a race against time to recover her memory, find the prince, and rescue her loved ones, Rosinda has only her friend Jerrell and an unusual trio of animals as companions. And as the gods prepare to bring her world to war, Rosinda is unaware that the shadow of betrayal lurks within one whom she trusts the most…


27 Replies to “The Seventh Crow: Book Beginnings and Friday 56”

  1. Hi, again!

    Tried to find your name… have the urge to call you ‘pie’ 🙂 In an endearing way of course! x

    Back to the book – you’ve mentioned this one before and I must say I am even more intrigued now. Will have to check it out further.

    Enjoy your weekend. Hope it’s relaxing with plenty of reading time. 🙂

    Sassy x


  2. ha! i’m half asleep – it’s Jo-Anne – of course. The moment I pressed send I remembered lol Sorry x [walks off shaking head and decides to make a coffee to wake myself up) Of course, it’s Jo-Anne…


    Sassy x


    1. You’re too funny LOL You can call me whatever you want. I’ll respond 😉 And I should put that on my About me thingy, I feel like there’s always little things I’m forgetting. It’s getting there slowly though!

      Have a great weekend, Sassy and thanks for stopping by. I’m heading over to your blog shortly for a little visit. Put the tea on!


    1. It would be a bit creepy, wouldn’t it! That being said, I do love crows. My mom, too. She has taken to feeding them regularly. She spoils them rotten and they even will stare in her front door until she gives them their “treats”. I just shake me head, lol


  3. I read the short story The Birds (that the Hitchcock movie is based on) not too long ago so that beginning sounds more ominous than it probably is! I hope you enjoy this! The author sounds like a lovely person.


  4. I can’t believe the week is gone again either. Time is going so quickly.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I enjoy finding new blogs.

    Middle grade books are not something I normally read, but it does sound charming.

    How fun that the author runs your writing group.

    ENJOY your weekend.

    Silver’s Reviews
    My Book Beginnings


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Elizabeth! Middle grade isn’t my “go-to” genre, but since it was Sherry’s I wanted to support her and I was not disappointed at all! It a very fun and entertaining read. Have a great one!


  5. I really like the opening you shared and the later teaser. This sounds like a fun one. I admit I am partial to crows. We have quite a few who hang around here. They are very smart birds. Thank you for sharing! I hope you have a great weekend.


  6. Hi Jo-Ann,

    I don’t have any young people in my circle who are the equivalent age of you ‘middle grade’, they are either much older and seem to have lost the urge to read for pleasure completely, or much younger and just starting out on his bedtime story journey.

    Your friend Sherry seems to me, to have captured the right tone and style of writing exactly though and I wish her every success with the book 🙂



    1. My son is 13, not sure if it’s his thing, either. He enjoys Harry Potter and the Last Apprentice, but he’s gotten away from reading lately. I hope he gets back into it.
      Sherry is an wonderful person and it certainly comes through in her writing. Thank you for the kinds words!


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