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First Lines Friday: 7/23/21

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!

And here’s the line:

Pro magic tip: demons always show up when you least expect them.

This is a great first line for many reasons. It gives you an immediate sense of the narrator’s voice and starts you right in the action. Unexpected demons? Where did they come from? What’s the main character going to do?

Have you read this line before? Scroll down for little more.

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Pro magic tip: demons always show up when you least expect them. As I shoveled a barrier of snow in front of my shop, three of them appeared on the roof, roaring against a wintry moon.

I took a few steps back, the cold snow seeping into my boots.

The demons focused on me, their spinning, blue nebula-like eyes glowing, their smooth black horns dull in the moonlight. Four-legged, with the build of a pit bull and the teeth of a shark, they stalked down the side of the building–an old brownstone in the heart of the city–growling at me. Their claws scratched against the brick and left long white marks.

“So it’s gonna be like this, huh?” I said.

This book doesn’t waste any time. In two sentences, it’s given a clear sense of setting and presented a major conflict. And as you’d expect, an epic fight scenes follows.

Do you recognize the book?

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It’s Dream Born by Michael La Ronn.

Think dreams aren’t real? Think again.

I’m a dream mage. I can control your dreams, manipulate your darkest desires, and destroy your mind from the inside out—all while you sleep. For the last two years, I’ve protected innocent people like you from demons who feast on dreams. When demons show up on my doorstep one snowy night, so does someone dangerous from my past. Someone that I’ve been running away from for a long time. But I’m done running. It’s time to face my past…and end the nightmare that has been haunting me all these years.

Dream Born is a fast-paced urban fantasy with a kickass African-American heroine, lovable heroes, and crazy mindscapes that you’ll dream about long after you’re finished reading.


Has anybody else read this one? What do you think of the first lines? Share your thoughts in the comments!

3 thoughts on “First Lines Friday: 7/23/21

  1. Hook-wise, it was the wintry moon that sang most enticingly to me. I love nature-based magical imagery with a hint of something silent, aloof, and vaguely dangerous. I’m a summer girl, so winter imagery feels like that to me.

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