First Line Friday

First Line FridayIn which January never happened

What are you reading today, bookworms? First Line Friday is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Words. It’s a simple but excellent idea; you, the readers, get an intriguing taste of one of my books (usually a current read or new purchase) from its first line or two, and see if it sounds like something you want to add to your TBR pile!

2020 was going to be a Better Year. It really was. I was going to commit to reading my backlog of unread books, stick to my TBRs, oh, and increase my overall reading to hit my first ever 200-book Goodreads target (my most prolific reading year to date was last year, and that was 169, so we’re talking quite a jump there).

In January, despite it being about a million days long, I did none of these things. I read one book from my backlist and DNF’d another. I only managed 9 books in total, which is not how you go about meeting a 200-book goal, and worse; two of those were comic books/graphic novels that I DIDN’T EVEN WANT TO READ but was coerced into doing by my 7 year old. Ugh.

This week’s first line

So, I’ve unilaterally taken then decision that 2020 shall officially begin in February. I’m still not reading much but those dratted comics, but I am slowly chipping away at my backlist TBR, and one of those is the source of this week’s first line:

Deep in the dark heart of the royal palace, the King was hiding.

Ooh, I’m liking this! Kings aren’t known for hiding, not in fantasy novels anyway, so this is already a very good hint that all is not well. Trouble is coming. And with trouble comes an intriguing plot, or so I hope.

Do you recognise the book? If not, would you read on based on that first line?

Here’s your clue: Asian-inspired YA fantasy that I’m reading for #FFFebruary, second in a pretty hyped series.


Last chance…


Ready for the reveal?

This week’s book is…


Girls of Storm and Shadow by Natasha Ngan. I’m lucky enough to have the special Fairyloot edition – the stained pages and the colours on the cover are different, and they’ve done a fantastic job, wouldn’t you agree? The first book, Girls of Paper and Fire finished on a bit of a cliffhanger, so I’m going to need to get round to this one soon before the not knowing becomes far too painful.

Just because I felt like a bit of a comparison, here’s the first line of the first book:

There is a tradition in our kingdom, one all castes of demon and human follow.

What do you think? Have I tempted you to give this series a try?

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