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First Lines Friday: 8/20/21

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!
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And here’s the line.

The vampire bared his fangs, and I knew we’d both be dead by the end of the night if I didn’t get him out of here.

This is such an intriguing first line. You’d expect the narrator to be dead by the end of the night if she’s facing a vampire, but why would the vampire be in danger too? Where are they, and why do they need to leave? So many questions!

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

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The vampire bared his fangs, and I knew we’d both be dead by the end of the night if I didn’t get him out of here. I leapt over the bar with the speed of a hurricane wind, hurtling toward him. I slammed my fist into his skull–once, twice, three times. He staggered back, then collapsed. He’d fallen so easily I almost didn’t feel a sense of victory, but I grinned down at him anyway. The colored lights of the bar stained his porcelain skin red.

I love books that start off right in the action. Do you recognize this one?

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It’s Court of Shadows by C.N. Crawford.

Rags to riches is supposed to be a nice fantasy. Going from a cheap London hovel to an elite fae institute should be amazing, especially when it involves a medieval castle.

It’s just not so great when the aristocratic jerks in the Tower want to crush you.

It starts when a lethally gorgeous fae–Ruadan–hunts me down. He’s known as the Wraith, and he’s taken a vow of silence to snuff out illegal magic. Fae magic that I possess. The Wraith lets me live on one condition: I have to earn my place at the Court of the Shadow Fae.

I’m a survivor. I think I can manage the competition.

Too bad the posh recruits have it in for me. Worse, I’m forced to share a room with the silent Wraith, who is as sinister as he is hot. All it takes is one slip up, and I’m out.

And at the Court of the Shadow Fae, failure means death.

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

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