First Lines Friday: August 14, 2020

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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:

Not all magic is good magic.

Few people can use it, even fewer are born to it. Since the closing of Zarose Gate, out world has toyed with the magic that poured into the air generations ago, turning the insignificant into the extraordinary. The human into the divine.

But even within the divine lies ugliness.


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It’s the first book in a YA series.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: It’s written by Janella Angeles

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The First Lines Friday book is:

Title: Where Dreams Descend

Author: Janella Angeles

Series: Kingdom of Cards

Page Length: 464

Publication Date: Aug. 25, 2020

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Synopsis: In a city covered in ice and ruin, a group of magicians face off in a daring game of magical feats to find the next headliner of the Conquering Circus, only to find themselves under the threat of an unseen danger striking behind the scenes.

As each act becomes more and more risky and the number of missing magicians piles up, three are forced to reckon with their secrets before the darkness comes for them next.

The Star: Kallia, a powerful showgirl out to prove she’s the best no matter the cost

The Master: Jack, the enigmatic keeper of the club, and more than one lie told

The Magician: Demarco, the brooding judge with a dark past he can no longer hide.

Where Dreams Descend is the startling and romantic first book in Janella Angeles’ debut Kingdom of Cards fantasy duology where magic is both celebrated and feared, and no heart is left unscathed.

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LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository


I received an ARC of Where Dreams Descend a while ago and loved it! Have you read the story? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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