First Lines Friday: April 28, 2023

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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:

Silence rang in Mia’s ears, nearly as shsarp as Grayson’s screams had been last night.

Fates, she had never heard him scream like that.

She sat beside him on the stone cold floor of the cell grateful he’d finally managed to fall asleep and escape the pain.

Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint:

 It’s a new fantasy release and the fourth in the series.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by Heather Frost.

The First Lines Friday book is:

Royal Rebel

About the Book:

Title: Royal Rebel

Author: Heather Frost

Series: Fate of Eryinthia

Publication Date: April 21, 2023

Genre: Fantasy/Romance or romantasy

Synopsis: A PRINCE fighting to save a princess
A SERJAH torn between duty and desire
A PRINCESS willing to sacrifice everything
A DECOY with nothing to lose
A WORLD about to be torn apart

After his father’s latest punishment, Grayson isn’t at his full strength. Trapped in Ryden and surrounded by enemies, he knows escaping with Mia will be more complicated than anticipated. Tyrell is determined to claim Mia for himself, and Henri’s plans for the rest of Eyrinthia are more horrific than Grayson ever imagined. Despite the increased danger, he and Mia must return to Mortise and warn Desfan of what’s coming—even though it may already be too late.

In Mortise, the palace is still reeling from the brutal attack that left many dead and even more wounded. Regardless of the chaos, Desfan is determined to continue with his coronation. As serjan, he hopes to bring stability to his country and solidify the peace with Devendra. But things in Eyrinthia are always complicated. When Prince Liam reveals they may be facing dangers from old enemies, Desfan will have to decide what kind of ruler he will be.

Devastating news from home has left Clare broken. Despite her heartache, she must once again be Serene’s decoy when a terrifying report sends the princess on an unexpected mission to Zennor. Left at the palace, Clare helps Desfan build trust with the elite in Mortise while guarding a treasonous secret. Because as her grief transforms into a burning desire for vengeance, she is finally ready to embrace a new role—rebel.

Eyrinthia is consumed by uncertainty. Duty. Desire. Sacrifice. Every rebellion has its cost.

LINKS:   Goodreads  |   Amazon | Indie Bound Barnes and Noble

Have you read Royal Rebel yet? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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