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!
Cold fog had settled over the depot like a burial shroud, and Iris Winnow thought the weather couldn’t have been better.
Do you recognize the lines?
Here’s a hint:
It’s a new fantasy release.
Still not sure? Here’s another hint:
It’s written by Rebecca Ross.
The First Lines Friday book is:
About the Book:
Title: Divine Rivals
Author: Rebecca Ross
Series: Iris at the Front #1
Page Length: 368
Publication Date: April 4, 2023
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Synopsis: When two young rival journalists find love through a magical connection, they must face the depths of hell, in a war among gods, to seal their fate forever.
After centuries of sleep, the gods are warring again. But eighteen-year-old Iris Winnow just wants to hold her family together. Her mother is suffering from addiction and her brother is missing from the front lines. Her best bet is to win the columnist promotion at the Oath Gazette.
To combat her worries, Iris writes letters to her brother and slips them beneath her wardrobe door, where they vanish―into the hands of Roman Kitt, her cold and handsome rival at the paper. When he anonymously writes Iris back, the two of them forge a connection that will follow Iris all the way to the front lines of battle: for her brother, the fate of mankind, and love.
Shadow and Bone meets Lore in this epic enemies-to-lovers fantasy novel filled with hope and heartbreak, and the unparalleled power of love.
Have you read Divine Rivals? What do you think of the first line? Comment below!