First Lines Friday: September 8, 2023

  • 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:

.”The world held three kinds of fear. There was the kind too strong to fight; if you were smart, you ran, hid until it passed you by. There was the kind you stood up and faced, because if you didn’t, then you’d spend your whole life hiding.

And there was the kind you lived with. Because once it seeped into your bones, it never truly went away.”

Do you recognize the lines?

Here’s a hint:

 It’s the third book in a fantasy trilogy.

Still not sure? Here’s another hint: 

It’s written by M.A. Carrick.

The First Lines Friday book is:

Labyrinth’s Heart

About the Book:

Title: Labyrinth’s Heart

Author: M.A. Carrick

Series: Rook & Rose #3

Page Length: 688

Publication Date: August 15, 2023

Publisher: Orbit

Synopsis: May you see the face and not the mask.

Ren came to Nadežra with a plan. She would pose as the long-lost daughter of the noble house Traementis. She would secure a fortune for herself and her sister. And she would vanish without a backward glance. She ought to have known that in the city of dreams, nothing is ever so simple.

Now, she is Ren, con-artist and thief. But she is also Renata, the celebrated Traementis heir. She is Arenza, the mysterious pattern-reader and political rebel. And she is the Black Rose, a vigilante who fights alongside the legendary Rook.

Even with the help of Grey Serrado and Derossi Vargo, it is too many masks for one person to wear. And as the dark magic the three of them helped unleash builds to storm that could tear the very fabric of the city apart, it’s only a matter of time before one of the masks slips—and everything comes crashing down around them.

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Have you read Labyrinth’s Heart? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!

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