First Lines Friday #5

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?  If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  • 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!

If you’re using Twitter, don’t forget to use #FirstLinesFridays!

Hello, reader!

We’ve muscled our way through another week and arrived at yet another Friday! I’ve been fairly quiet on the blog this week, mostly because I got my second Covid vaccine on Tuesday. The side effects had me knocked out for a day, but I’d certainly rather be out for a day than out for weeks. Still, it feels good to get back to chatting with you wonderful, bookish people!

With that in mind, let’s get to this week’s First Lines Friday. Today, I have a book I’m reading for a blog tour run by TBR & Beyond Tours! I’m having a great time reading this book, so I wanted to share a little sneak peek before I post my blog tour next week! I’ll save the hints for after I drop the first line 😉

The Line(s):

The player slapped his cards against the table, leaned back in his chair, and grinned.
“Impressive hand,” Ren said. She would know. She’d crafted it. “But better luck next time.”

The Hints:

This is a new YA fantasy releasing next week!

This story is filled with political intrigue.

It stars a secret magic wielder and a ruthless warrior fighting to get what they want.

The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“Ren Kolins is a silver wielder—a dangerous thing to be in the kingdom of Erdis, where magic has been outlawed for a century. Ren is just trying to survive, sticking to a life of petty thievery, card games, and pit fighting to get by. But when a wealthy rebel leader discovers her secret, he offers her a fortune to join his revolution. The caveat: she won’t see a single coin until they overthrow the King.

Behind the castle walls, a brutal group of warriors known as the King’s Children is engaged in a competition: the first to find the rebel leader will be made King’s Fang, the right hand of the King of Erdis. And Adley Farre is hunting down the rebels one by one, torturing her way to Ren and the rebel leader, and the coveted King’s Fang title.

But time is running out for all of them, including the youngest Prince of Erdis, who finds himself pulled into the rebellion. Political tensions have reached a boiling point, and Ren and the rebels must take the throne before war breaks out.”

Did those first few lines capture your attention? Did they make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!