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!
I looked down the row of Aska hunched against each other, ducking behind the muddy hill. The fog sat on the field like a veil, but we could hear it. The blades of swords and axes brushing against armor vests. Quick footsteps in sucking mud. My heart beat almost in rhythm with the sounds, pulling one breath in and letting it touch another before I let it go.
I love those first lines. You can get such a picture of it in your mind. Maybe it’s me, but I picture the movie Gladiator when the Romans are setting up the lines and the battle right at the beginning against the Germanic tribes. That’s where my mind goes.
But, this book was a popular 2018 YA fantasy release. Yes, I read it. And I reviewed it on here. A “sequel” is coming out in September.
As I said, I have read this and I’m rereading it because I really need to refresh myself on this world and the events in this book. You can find my review here if you want to check it out. I didn’t love the book but I did enjoy it. Now I’m excited to give it another read to see if I like it better this time!
Have you read this?
What did you think?