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!

Thank god it’s the weekend! I don’t know about you but this week has dragged for me. Luckily I’m treating myself to a nice new haircut & my works Christmas meal tomorrow, so I have something to look forward to. The book I’ve chosen for this week is a 2022 release with the most beautiful cover, filled with Korean mythology and inspired by Spirited Away. I’m extremely eager to start it.

“The myths of my people say only a true bride of the Sea God can bring an end to his insatiable wrath. When the otherworldly storms rise from the East Sea, lightning breaking the sky and waters ripping up the shore, a bride is chosen and given to the Sea God.”

Well I’m well and truly hooked! Do you have any guesses??

Deadly storms have ravaged Mina’s homeland for generations. Floods sweep away entire villages, while bloody wars are waged over the few remaining resources. Her people believe the Sea God, once their protector, now curses them with death and despair. In an attempt to appease him, each year a beautiful maiden is thrown into the sea to serve as the Sea God’s bride, in the hopes that one day the “true bride” will be chosen and end the suffering.

Many believe that Shim Cheong, the most beautiful girl in the village—and the beloved of Mina’s older brother Joon—may be the legendary true bride. But on the night Cheong is to be sacrificed, Joon follows Cheong out to sea, even knowing that to interfere is a death sentence. To save her brother, Mina throws herself into the water in Cheong’s stead.

Swept away to the Spirit Realm, a magical city of lesser gods and mythical beasts, Mina seeks out the Sea God, only to find him caught in an enchanted sleep. With the help of a mysterious young man named Shin—as well as a motley crew of demons, gods and spirits—Mina sets out to wake the Sea God and bring an end to the killer storms once and for all.

But she doesn’t have much time: A human cannot live long in the land of the spirits. And there are those who would do anything to keep the Sea God from waking…


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  1. ahh!! Okay I got excited as the “A lull in the sea” Anime has the same concept of offering a maiden to be with the sea god and all that- without the “true bride” part.
    I do like this idea alot- though i’m sure this would be too complicated for me to grasp the fantasy behind the story 😅

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    • Ooooh! I’ll admit I’ve never really watched much anime but there have been soo many books released recently that say their inspired by it. I think it’s a stand alone so fingers crossed you should be ok, we don’t tend to get as deep into fantasy worlds/world building when it’s just one book 😊

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      • Oh, yes that’s true! because otherwise that’d be a hella chonky book, eh ahah
        ah, really?! I wasn’t aware that some did said they were inspired by animes.. that’s kinda cool!


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