First Lines Friday: October 21, 2022

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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:

Healing had a way of mending even the fiercest rage. But Chloe stood face-to-face with an attacker who wanted her dead. Could she mend that much rage? That much pain?


Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint:

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

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by Kay L. Moody


The First Lines Friday book is:

Shadow and Crystal Thorns


About the Book:

Title: Shadow and Crystal Thorns

Author: Kay L. Moody

Series: Fae and Crystal Thorns #2

Publication Date: Oct. 18, 222

Publisher: Marten Press

Synopsis: Magical meets deadly in this YA fae fantasy where mortals and fae battle viciously for the same land. Shadow & Crystal Thorns is the 2nd book in the Fae and Crystal Thorns series by Kay L. Moody. Be sure to start with book 1, Flame & Crystal Thorns.

War would be easier if she could tell who was right and who was wrong.

Chloe remains in Faerie, but she’s only supposed to stay long enough to defeat the bloodthirsty mortals who are trying to claim the land for themselves. But now she’s not so sure she wants to return to the mortal realm, especially when the devastatingly handsome fae, Quintus, keeps asking her to stay.

Even worse, defeating the mortals becomes more difficult by the day while their numbers continuously grow. She also learns exactly why they want the land. As a mortal herself, it’s hard to disagree with them. But they can’t take Faerie unless they steal it from the fae.

Alliances blur when Chloe realizes both sides deserve what they seek. But only one of them can win.

If you like the rich world building of Throne of Glass, the enemies to lovers romance of Once Upon a Broken Heart, and the mythical creatures and twisty plot of The Cruel Prince, then you’ll devour Kay L. Moody’s breathtaking young adult epic fantasy series.

LINKS:   Goodreads   |    Amazon


Have you read this one? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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