Happy Friday y’all! This has been a busy week for me- lots going on, so I didn’t have time to prep this First Line Friday in advance, but I knew exactly which book I wanted to feature, so that’s a plus!
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!
Now, onto the line!
“Dima heard the barn doors slam before anyone else did. Inside the little farmhouse, the kitchen bubbled like a pot on the stove, its windows shut tightly against the storm, the air in the room warm and moist.”
These are the first two lines of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo! I’ve been trying to read this book since it came out in late January of 2019 and it just hasn’t happened (not because it’s bad or anything, but because I keep getting distracted by something else). I’m determined to finish it this month though!
Here’s the summary from Goodreads: Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.
Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.
Have you read King of Scars yet?