First Lines Friday #33

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 (I cheat a little bit here 😉)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Hello, reader!

I’m so glad it’s Friday and I actually have the weekend off. It’s supposed to be a cold one, but I’m just happy to have two days off in a row 😂 In celebration of some free time, let’s do a First Lines Friday! This week, I’m featuring a book that I’ve been eager to read since I got it in a book box. And, honestly, since it came out! This book is on both my “12 friends, 12 recommendations” TBR and my “22 in 2022” TBR and I’m doing a buddy read for it this week. I’m so excited to get started.

Let’s see if the first few lines can get me even more excited about picking it up!

The Line(s):

“In the court of the imperial mahal, the pyre was being built.
The fragrance of the gardens drifted in through the high windows – sweet roses, and even sweeter imperial needle-flower, pale and fragile, growing in such thick profusion that it poured in through the lattice, its white petals unfurled against the sandstone walls. The priests flung petals on the pyre, murmuring prayers as the servants carried in wood and arranged it carefully, applying camphor and ghee, scattering drops of perfumed oil.”

The Hints:

This book is part of the “sapphic trifecta”.

It is the first book in a new fantasy series inspired by the history and epics of India.

It has an absolutely gorgeous cover 😍

The Reveal:

The Jasmine Throne by Tasha Suri

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

Author of Empire of Sand and Realm of Ash Tasha Suri’s The Jasmine Throne, beginning a new trilogy set in a world inspired by the history and epics of India, in which a captive princess and a maidservant in possession of forbidden magic become unlikely allies on a dark journey to save their empire from the princess’s traitor brother.

Imprisoned by her dictator brother, Malini spends her days in isolation in the Hirana: an ancient temple that was once the source of the powerful, magical deathless waters — but is now little more than a decaying ruin.

Priya is a maidservant, one among several who make the treacherous journey to the top of the Hirana every night to clean Malini’s chambers. She is happy to be an anonymous drudge, so long as it keeps anyone from guessing the dangerous secret she hides.

But when Malini accidentally bears witness to Priya’s true nature, their destinies become irrevocably tangled. One is a vengeful princess seeking to depose her brother from his throne. The other is a priestess seeking to find her family. Together, they will change the fate of an empire.

Did that first line capture your attention? Did it make you want to read the rest of the story? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, happy reading!


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