First Lines Friday #63


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!

Happy Friday to y’all! Here’s hoping you’re having a good one and have an even better weekend to look forward to. Let’s kick things off with another First Lines Friday post! Today, I’m featuring a book that I recently picked up from the library on a whim. I do that… quite often, but this one just seemed like the perfect read for spooky season!

Now, let me further convince you of that by sharing the first few lines.


The Line(s):

“The trees were full of crows and the woods were full of madmen. The pit was full of bones and her hands were full of wires.”


The Hints:

This intriguing read is a mixture of fantasy and horror.

It reads like a Grimm’s fairytale. Emphasis on the ‘grim’.

But it’s also quite humorous at times. I mean… there’s a demon chicken!


The Reveal:

Nettle & Bone by T. Kingfisher

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter—has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself.

Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince—if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.

On her quest, Marra is joined by the gravewitch, a reluctant fairy godmother, a strapping former knight, and a chicken possessed by a demon. Together, the five of them intend to be the hand that closes around the throat of the prince and frees Marra’s family and their kingdom from its tyrannous ruler at last.


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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