First Lines Friday #36

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 *cough*)
  • Finally… reveal the book!

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Hello, reader!

Welcome to another First Lines Friday post! I’m happy to have made it to the end of another week and even happier that I have the weekend off. I have a lot of reading to catch up on before the end of the month! It’s also time to start looking forward to my March reading and the various readathons I’m going to try to do. The book I’m featuring today is one of many that I’m hoping to get to next month.

Now, let’s see if the first few lines can get me excited to pick it up!

The Line(s):

“The dead boy’s face was as gray as a cloudy sky moments before a storm. His short black beard sculpted and whittled his cheeks down to a point. Thin lips glittered in the watery moonlight that managed to penetrate the canopy, brighter than the famed rubies of his home province.

But Vira knew it was blood that made them shine so enticingly.”

The Hints:

This YA fantasy was just released in January 2022.

It features four estranged royal siblings.

It is the first book in an Indian-inspired duology.

The Reveal:

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