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!
Don’t you just love it when you have absolutely no plans for a weekend! Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my friends and family, but sometimes I just need a bit of me time and a weekend to just spend how I wish. This weekend I will hopefully be able to catch up on some reading and finally finish season 2 of Smash which I am loving so far! What do you have planned for the weekend?
This week I’ve chosen to spotlight an ARC I recently read that blew me away. Everything about it was sublime from the characters, the premise, the writing and that ending… I mean I need book two now! It will take an awful lot to knock this off my top Feb read and I can easily see it making it into my top reads of the year.
There were warning signs in the Ward that day that anyone could have seen. The children must have seen the danger in their own games, in the crescent moons, roughly cut from tin, that they strung from fishing lines on sticks and dangled to catch shadows beneath the pale sun. They knew, as I knew, that the festival meant the militia would be out in force, seeking to fill their quota for arrests. They would find infractions enough in the Ward, whether from drinking or improper dress or any of the many offences you can commit when you’re Half Kith.
Well? Are you intrigued? Ready to find out what it is???
Where Nirrim lives, crime abounds, a harsh tribunal rules, and society’s pleasures are reserved for the High Kith. Life in the Ward is grim and punishing. People of her low status are forbidden from sampling sweets or wearing colors. You either follow the rules, or pay a tithe and suffer the consequences.
Nirrim keeps her head down and a dangerous secret close to her chest.
But then she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possesses magic. Sid tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself. But to do that, Nirrim must surrender her old life. She must place her trust in this sly stranger who asks, above all, not to be trusted.
Honestly this book blew me away, the themes mentioned were seriously on point for today’s society and it had me hooked from start to finish, with plenty of twists and turns. Out 3/2/20 this is one to add to your TBR’s.