First Lines Friday #15

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!

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Hello, reader!

It’s time once again for another First Lines Friday! But this Friday is a little different as I’m also participating in Self-Published Authors Appreciation Week. The idea for this came from an incredible blogger, Jodie @ Witty and Sarcastic Book Club and it’s been a blast seeing all the posts celebrating authors who sometimes don’t get the recognition they deserve. In the spirit of the week, I’ve decided to feature a self-published author this First Lines Friday. This is a book that is part of a blog tour I’ll be participating in, as well, so keep an eye out for that post later on this month!

But for now, let’s check out the first few lines!

The Line(s):

“The moon shone fiercely, brushing aside any attempt by the clouds to diminish its radiance. Usually, the glow would have brought comfort, a respite from the night’s black embrace, but not this night.
Instead, it brought everything into stark contrast, creating shadows in which evil spirits might lurk waiting to snatch the unwary who were foolish enough to walk the streets at this hour.
Except, there was nobody left to walk these particular streets.”

The Hints:

This is the first book in an epic fantasy trilogy.

It features a huntress who could change the fate of the world.

There’s magic and daemons, so you know I’m sold!

The Reveal:

Click the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page

Goodreads Synopsis

“If you like fantasy tales of conquest, dark kings, daemonic heroes, and magic, you’ll love ‘Kings and Daemons’ by Epic Fantasy author, Marcus Lee. This is a spellbinding Dark Fantasy novel which will enchant you with its plot of ambition, revenge, love, and tragedy. What the gods give with one hand, they take away with the other, for if you are gifted, you shall also be cursed.


Over fifty years have passed since Daleth the seemingly immortal Witch-King, and his army conquered the Ember Kingdom.
Now, with the once fertile lands and its enslaved people dying around him, the Witch-King, driven by his insatiable thirst for eternal youth, prepares his forces to march on the prosperous neighbouring Freestates. It will be the beginnings of a conquest that could destroy nations, bringing death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.
Then, when a peasant huntress whose rare gift was concealed from birth is exposed, it sets in motion a chain of events that could alter the destiny of generations to come.”

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!


Book Review: Red Blood by Kaitlyn Legaspi

Title: Red Blood

Series: Card Holders #1

Author: Kaitlyn Legaspi

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Gifted (author)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, death, blood

Rating: ★★★

Book Links:

One Sentence Synopsis

After years of surviving as a vigilante with superpowers, Neela is forced into a competition to determine who the next ruler of the domain she lives in will be.

Favorite Quote

“Let’s see, to me I guess [the stars] represent the souls of those we’ve lost. Well, the souls of the good people, at least.”
“What happens to the souls of the bad people then?”
“They become part of the darkness the stars shine so brightly against, their punishment being hidden from the eyes of the living humans below.”

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Book Review: Stones of Light by Zack Argyle

Title: Stones of Light

Series: Threadlight #2

Author: Zack Argyle

Genre: Fantasy

Source: Gifted (author)

Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, death, blood consumption, war

Rating: ★★★★★

Book Links:

One Sentence Synopsis

After the events of Voice of War, a new threat has been unleashed on Arasin and it’s up to our mixed bag of heroes to help stop it.

Favorite Quote

“But this was different. This was a child embracing a wolf, expecting it to protect him from the night. Hope standing on a tightrope while the winds surge all around. The people needed hope, and so they grasped hold of the anomaly, and eased their fear with lies.
But what is truth if not a lie that has yet to be revealed?”

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