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!
The wood came for us the day the king died.
At first it was only a few spots on an orchid, small rotten dots that few would even notice. I didn’t think anything of it. It hadn’t looked like any disease I could remember; still, I simply bit my first finger until I could taste blood on my tongue, and pressed a droplet into the heart of the dying flower.
It bloomed once again…
Do you recognize the lines?
Hint: It’s an upcoming YA fantasy.
Still not sure? Here’s another hint:
It’s written by Ashley Potson
The First Lines Friday book is:
Title: Among the Beasts and Briars
Author: Ashley Poston
Page Length: 352
Publication Date: Oct. 20, 2020
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Synopsis: Cerys is safe in the kingdom of Aloriya.
Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: when she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. The most danger she faces now, as a gardener’s daughter, is the annoying fox who stalks the royal gardens and won’t leave her alone.
As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions the small fox from the garden, a strange and powerful bear, and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.
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I’m loving those first lines! Does her blood have magical power? And is the wood alive? I need to know more!!
Is Among the Beasts and Briars on your TBR? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!