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!
My father told me once that the only fools who sailed the Narrows were the dead and dying. Sometimes, I think I’m both.
Do you recognize the lines?
Here’s a hint:
It’s by Adrienne Young.
Still not sure? Here’s another hint:
It’s a YA fantasy.
The First Lines Friday book is:
About the Book:
Author: Adrienne Young
Series: The World of the Narrows #0
Page Length: 336
Publication Date: Nov. 29, 2022
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Synopsis: As a boy, Elias learned the hard way what happens when you don’t heed the old tales.
Nine years after his lack of superstition got his father killed, he’s grown into a young man of piety, with a deep reverence for the hallowed sea and her fickle favor. As stories of the fisherman’s son who has managed to escape the most deadly of storms spreads from port to port, his devotion to the myths and creeds has given him the reputation of the luckiest bastard to sail the Narrows.
Now, he’s mere days away from getting everything his father ever dreamed for him: a ship of his own, a crew, and a license that names him as one of the first Narrows-born traders. But when a young dredger from the Unnamed Sea with more than one secret crosses his path, Elias’ faith will be tested like never before. The greater the pull he feels toward her, the farther he drifts from the things he’s spent the last three years working for.
He is dangerously close to repeating his mistakes and he’s seen firsthand how vicious the jealous sea can be. If he’s going to survive her retribution, he will have to decide which he wants more, the love of the girl who could change their shifting world, or the sacred beliefs that earned him the name that he’s known for―Saint.
Have you read Saint? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!
18 thoughts on “First Lines Friday: March 17, 2023”
Ahh, I really need to get to this one!
This one sounds really good!
It’s great so far!
I thought it was Shadow and Bone. I don’t know much about either but I think they’re both naval based dark fantasy?
Ya fantasy, yes. And they both def have dark elements.
I still have to read this one!
It’s really good! If you liked Fable, you’ll enjoy it.
Yes, I absolutely recognize those lines. I loved this one. So funny that you and Dini chose the same book today.
We’re buddy reading it together with Leslie. 🙂
Haha, I love that we chose the same book. Great minds and all! 😉 I was tossing up whether or not to choose the prologue’s first lines or the first chapter’s first lines, as both were great but ended up going with the prologue’s! 😂
lol – They’re both great lines!! I just got to chapter 19. 🙂
Haven´t read anything by Young yet but after seeing this cover I´m definitely interested haha.
hahah – That’s the real reason I bought the book. 😉
This one sounds really good! really need to get to this one!
It was great! I hope you love it if you get a chance to read it. 🙂
This one sounds really good!
I really enjoyed it! 🙂