First Lines Friday: November 26, 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:

Two hundred eighty-four days since The War had ended, and Astra wished to find herself anywhere other than sitting outside the Proceedings Hall. She was too sad to cry, too scared to run, and too loved to be able to tell anyone.


Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint: 

It’s the first book in a YA fantasy series.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by Niamh Schmid and Rebecca Schmid.


The First Lines Friday book is:

Of Shade and Shadow: The Exiled


About the Book:

Title: Of Shade and Shadow: The Exiled

Author: Niamh Schmid and Rebecca Schmid

Series: A Daughter’s Ransom #1

Page Length: 391

Publication Date: Dec. 19, 2020

Synopsis: The Great War is won… so everyone tells her. But even with her brother now king, Astra Verzaer knows the fight is far from over. When her sudden exile finds her alone in the dreary country of Merimeethia with only the aloof Prince Louko for company, she digs deeper in vain attempts to find proof of her suspicions.
Series Synopsis: The TetraWorlds live in ignorance of each other’s existence. One fallen behind in a Medieval time of fantastic and dangerous creatures, another fallen asleep in the comfort of their Victorian age, and the last torn apart by its own Modern innovation. When a dark threat rises up against them–one so quiet that none know to stop it, a Guard from each world must be called to protect their planet’s source. But what will happen when these worlds entwine?

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon | My Review

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