First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
- Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
- Finally… reveal the book!
Today’s first lines:
“Lightning flashed across the distant night sky. The roar of thunder that followed was so intense that the streets of Aldestone trembled beneath Princess Briana’s slippered feet. Dressed only in her nightgown, she sprinted through her beloved city, surrounded by the sounds of her citizens screaming, soldiers shouting, and swords clashing. A group of enemy soldiers ran toward her in the street, but their eyes passed over her without recognition.”
Do these first lines grab your attention? Can you tell what book they come from? Scroll down to find out!
Briana, Princess of Predonia, has lived a happy and sheltered life. Then, in a single night, her father’s kingdom is overthrown, her family is murdered, and centuries of peace are violently shattered. Fleeing for her life, Brie is rescued by Flinton, Derek, and Kove, three powerful protectors who take her under their wing and bring her to their secret stronghold deep in the mountains. There, Brie learns about the Blameless, people who receive magical gifts from the gods after performing acts of supreme selflessness. Among the Blameless, Brie discovers an amazing new world, gaining witty and resourceful companions as she strives to master the mysterious power within her. She determines to seek justice for her family, and, one day, to take back her people’s freedom.