First Lines Friday: April 24, 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:

“The Kessoku didn’t trust him.

Aaden expected his months at the palace to give them doubt, but he also hoped his parentage would coerce trust from them sooner.

Why not?

His father’s decision to give military secrets to Kessoku, ones that led to the deaths of the royal family, had done nothing but destroy Aaden’s life so far. Was it outrageous to assume that decision might help him some day?”

Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It is a new YA fantasy.

The First Lines Friday Book Is:

Title: Smoke Gate

Author: Kay L. Moody

Series: The Elements of Kamdaria

Publication Date: April 7, 2020

Book Length: 180 pages


A mentor she never expected. A piece of herself she can’t leave behind. This journey will teach her more than she wants to know.

Talise knows little of what the future will hold. When a mysterious guardian insists on teaching her the history of her empire, everything will change. Matters become worse when the problems in her personal life escalate.

With a relentless enemy hot on her heels, failure is not an option. Can she prove her honor? Will it be in time?

This is the sixth story in The Elements of Kamdaria series, and I just got a copy. I love this series and can’t wait to see what happens next in Talise’s journey. Have you heard of it or read Smoke Gate? What do you think? Comment below!

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