First Lines Friday!

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!

Time to spotlight another book off my Christmas list. This one has been out for a while, and I’ve been meaning to buy it for ages… hopefully having a physical copy will give me the nudge I need.

After a series of tragedies befell them, it was believed that the Ta’an family was cursed. This made the sole survivor of this legacy, the young Princess Rhiannon, even more precious in the eyes of the public. When a reporter dubbed her ‘the Rose of the Galaxy,’ the moniker stuck. She was seen as something delicate, a thing to be preserved and protected until she came of age to rule. But Rhiannon had other plans.

Well I’m definitely intrigued, I don’t know about you. Ready to find out what it is?

The only surviving heir to an ancient Kalusian dynasty, Rhee has spent her life training to destroy the people who killed her family. Now, on the eve of her coronation, the time has finally come for Rhee to claim her throne – and her revenge.

Alyosha is a Wraetan who has risen above his war refugee origins to find fame as the dashing star of a DroneVision show. Despite his popularity, Aly struggles with anti-Wraetan prejudices and the pressure of being perfect in the public eye.

Their paths collide with one brutal act of violence: Rhee is attacked, barely escaping with her life. Aly is blamed for her presumed murder.

The princess and her accused killer are forced to go into hiding – even as a war between planets is waged in Rhee’s name. But soon, Rhee and Aly discover that the assassination attempt is just one part of a sinister plot. Bound together by an evil that only they can stop, the two fugitives must join forces to save the galaxy.

I’m trying to pick more Sci-Fi books up and this one sounds too good to pass on. I’ve seen slightly mixed reviews, but the plot sounds right up my street so I’m eager to give it a go.


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