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!
Happy Friday! This weeks pick is a book I have had on my TBR for a while now, and thanks to the lovely people over at Hodderscape I’ve recently received an arc of. It’s a debut adult fantasy teemed with Chinese deities and demons cavorting in jazz age Shanghai.
“The steaming Shanghai night drapes heavy over my bare shoulders.”
Ooooh atmospheric and intriguing… my two favourite things. Ready to find out what the book is, if you haven’t guessed already?
Pawned by her mother to the King of Hell as a child, Lady Jing is half-vampire, half-hulijing fox-spirit and all sasshole. As the King’s ward, she has spent the past ninety years running errands, dodging the taunts of the spiteful hulijing courtiers, and trying to control her explosive temper – with varying levels of success.
So when Jing overhears the courtiers plotting to steal a priceless dragon pearl from the King, she seizes her chance to expose them, once and for all.
With the help of a gentle mortal tasked with setting up the Central Bank of Hell, Jing embarks on a wild chase for intel, first through Hell and then mortal Shanghai. But when her hijinks put the mortal in danger, she must decide which is more important: avenging her loss of face, or letting go of her half-empty approach to life for a chance to experience tenderness – and maybe even love.
Great first lines, Becky. I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds intriguing. 🙂
I’ve been seeing this cover a fair bit everywhere lately which is why it was the first book that came to mind when I read the words Shanghai 😂 It looks great and I hope you enjoy it!
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Hahaha good guess!
This book wasn’t on my radar at all until I saw your post. The cover is so pretty, but the synopsis sounds even better. Half vampire and half fox spirit?! Very cool.
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Right?!? Definitely sounds too good to pass up 😀