First Lines Friday: January 15, 2021

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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:

The door was made of ice – glowing blue, crystalized ice. And behind that door was my… I guess I should say destiny, even though it sounded absurd. Meeting a boy who might be my husband one day should not qualify as destiny.


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: It’s a new book by Dana Swift.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: It’s a fantastic YA Fantasy!


The First Lines Friday book is:

Cast in Firelight by Dana Swift

Series: Wickery (Book 1)

Page Length: 448

Publication Date: Jan. 19, 2020

Publisher: Delacorte Press

SynopsisAdraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people.

Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child.

Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet.

Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.

Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, including Amazon, and I may earn a small commission, at no cost to you, if you purchase through my links.

LINKS:     My Review | Goodreads     |      Amazon     |     Book Depository


Have you read Cast in Firelight? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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