First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers. 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!
The Queen created the word “witch.” and cursed my people in one breath. And in the next, she condemned Hecate, my Hecate, to die.
Do you recognize the line?
Here’s a hint:
It’s a new YA fantasy.
Still not sure? Here’s another hint:
It’s a retelling.
The First Lines Friday book is:
Wish of the Wicked
About the Book:
Title: Wish of the Wicked
Author: Danielle Paige
Series: Wish of the Wicked #1
Page Length: 384
Publication Date: Nov. 7, 2023
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Synopsis: For centuries, the enchanted members of the Entente have worked in tandem with the Three Fates—the Present, the Past, and the Future—to maintain destiny across the Thirteen Queendoms. But when Queen Magrit learns of her untimely demise from Hecate, Fate of the Future, Magrit burns Hecate at the stake and decrees death to all Entente in order to live forever.
But some survive, including sixteen-year-old Farrow, who hatches a dangerous plan to seek revenge. Along the way, she finds herself falling for the one person who could ruin everything. With life and love hanging in the balance, she must decide who to trust and what’s most important: living in the past or forging a new future.
Bestselling author Danielle Paige launches a brand-new fairy godmother origin story full of intrigue, magic, and romance.
Have you read Wish of the Wicked? What do you think of the first lines? Comment below!