First Lines Friday #69


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!

It’s time for another First Lines Friday! Today, I’m featuring a middle grade novel that I’ve already started reading. It’s been a fun and engaging read, so far, and it helps that there are beautiful illustrations peppered throughout the book. I’m excited to continue on with the story!

Before I do, though, let me share the first few lines and see if they entice you, as well.


The Line(s):

“It was a wild and lightning-struck night. The kind of night that changes everything.”


The Hints:

This middle grade fantasy is set in London.

It features clothes that are legitimately magic.

If you’re looking for a fantasy with a clever and crafty main character, this might be for you!


The Reveal:

The Hatmakers by Tamzin Merchant

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

Cordelia comes from a long line of magical milliners, who weave alchemy and enchantment into every hat. In Cordelia’s world, Making – crafting items such as hats, cloaks, watches, boots and gloves from magical ingredients – is a rare and ancient skill, and only a few special Maker families remain.

When Cordelia’s father Prospero and his ship, the Jolly Bonnet, are lost at sea during a mission to collect hat ingredients, Cordelia is determined to find him. But Uncle Tiberius and Aunt Ariadne have no time to help the littlest Hatmaker, for an ancient rivalry between the Maker families is threatening to surface. Worse, someone seems to be using Maker magic to start a war.

It’s up to Cordelia to find out who, and why . . .

Featuring illustrations by Paola Escobar.


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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