First Lines Friday: April 17, 2020

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?

  • 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

First Lines:

“Lena swept the last of the dust into her sack and stood up tall, wiping a grimy hand across her forehead. Her lantern flickered across the crypt’s rough-hewn walls as Hunter slunk past, a twitching rat hanging from his jaws. He dropped it and purred at her before savaging the poor creature’s torso. The largest mouser prowling the crypts, Hunter was vicious, ginger, and apparently immortal.”

Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It’s a new YA novel.

The First Lines Friday Book Is:

Title: We Are Blood and Thunder

Author: Kesia Lupo

Series: We Are Blood and Thunder

Publication Date: March 3, 2020

Page Length: 430


Lena has never left the sealed-off city she calls home. The treacherous storm cloud surrounding the Duke’s Forest prevents most from entering or leaving. But then Lena’s deepest secret is revealed–she is a mage. And according to the law, all mages must die. With little other choice, she flees for her life, straight into the treacherous forest.

Constance’s family and friends believe her to be dead. She fled the Duke’s Forest six years before, and no one believed she’d survive outside the city walls. And even though she isn’t sure if she can trust anybody back at court, she’s intent on reclaiming her place as the duke’s daughter and heir.

Lena and Constance meet for only a moment, but even after their paths diverge, the terrifying storm cloud keep them linked. A dark revelation lies at the heart of their connection–the truth behind who cast the storm cloud’s spell. Only the girls can expose this secret and dispel the storm for good. . . but unveiling the truth could cost them everything. (Goodreads)

Have you read We Are Blood and Thunder? What do you think? Comment below! 🙂

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