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!
Hello, hello! I hope you’ve all had a lovely week so far. Today’s pick is the perfect spooky season read by a new to me author. Set in a world where blood is power and a young woman is drawn into the dangerous and enthralling world of the upper class. It sounds gothic and deliciously dark & I can’t wait to dive in.
“Before she was first bled, when she still had the name her parents gave her, Marion Shaw was a maid at a townhouse in the South of Prane. On that morning – the morning she would later come to identify as the beginning of her second life – she knelt on the hard wood floor of a parlour, sleeves rolled up to her bony elbows, a scrub brush in her hand.”
Sounds good right? Ready to find out what it is?
Marion Shaw has been raised in the slums, where want and deprivation are all she knows. Despite longing to leave the city and its miseries, she has no real hope of escape until the day she spots a strange advertisement in the newspaper, seeking a ‘bloodmaid’.
Though she knows little about the far north – where wealthy nobles live in luxury and drink the blood of those in their service – Marion applies to the position. In a matter of days, she finds herself at the notorious House of Hunger. There, Marion is swept into a world of dark debauchery – and there, at the centre of it all is her.
Her name is Countess Lisavet. Loved and feared in equal measure, she presides over this hedonistic court. And she takes a special interest in Marion. Lisavet is magnetic, charismatic, seductive – and Marion is eager to please her new mistress. But when her fellow bloodmaids begin to go missing in the night, Marion is thrust into a vicious game of cat and mouse. She’ll need to learn the rules of her new home – and fast – or its halls will soon become her grave.
OH MY GOSH THIS ACTUALLY SOUNDS PHENOMENAL??? ALSO THE FIRST LINE I NEED THIS RIGHT NOW PLEASE??????? 😭😭
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Hahaha it does sound good right! Perfect for the spooky season too 😀
Ooh, this sounds SO good! I haven’t seen this cover before but I really like it too. Great pick 😃
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Thanks, Dini! It’s the UK cover and it definitely gives those creepy vibes 😀