This time, I'm putting up a snippet from Sorrel in Silver, the third volume in Sorrel's saga. These are the first lines of the book - starting in the middle of the action.
Whoever said two heads are better than one hasn't had to fight snarqs. Kelhene, in the co-pilot's seat, was shouting about the brute being right behind us. Not the most helpful thing to tell me – I was only too well aware that a two-headed, acid-spitting, bat-winged serpent was tight on my tail. I flung the Cygnet into a dive, shoving the joystick forward and sideways to get the biplane out of the line of fire. The snarq opened both mouths and spat, and two gobbets of acid hissed through the air towards us. A moment later the world went black.
I felt the airframe shudder. One – or if we were really unlucky, both – of the acid spittles had hit us. I could see absolutely nothing – we had flown into one of the columns of thick, black smoke rising from the burning city below us. It meant the snarq couldn't see us – I hoped. It also meant that if there was anything in my path I had no way of evading a collision.
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