First Line Friday: April 13, 2018

With another week coming to an end it is time for my contribution to the First Line Friday conversation.

The Book Beginnings on Friday or First Line Friday book meme was created by  Rose City Reader, where you share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

Interested to see what my current read had in store for me? Keep on reading to find out.

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32295486Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake 

Publisher: HarperTeen (April 10, 2018)

Print Length: 384 pages

The ancient land of Éirinn is mired in war. Ciara, Princess of Mide, has never known a time when Éirinn’s kingdoms were not battling for power, or Northmen were not plundering their shores. 

The people of Mide have thankfully always been safe because of Ciara’s unearthly ability to control her enemies’ minds and actions. But lately, a mysterious crow has been appearing to Ciara, whispering warnings of an even darker threat. Although her clansmen dismiss her visions as pagan nonsense, Ciara fears this coming evil will destroy not just Éirinn, but the entire world. 

Then the crow leads Ciara to Leif, a young Northman leader. Leif should be Ciara’s enemy, but when Ciara discovers that he, too, shares her prophetic visions, she knows he’s something more. Leif is mounting an impressive army, and with Ciara’s strength in battle the two might have a chance to save their world. 

With evil rising around them, they’ll do what it takes to defend the land they love…even if it means making the greatest sacrifice of all.

First Sentence

“I learned to hate the sea. Not because it was unbearably cold, and not because I loathed swimming in its salty depths. I hate it because, in spite of its raw beauty, it brought death to our doorstep.”


I have been eagerly anticipating this book’s publication day, and as of April 10 I can finally say it is in my hands, yippee! While this breaks the rules of First Line a tad, given that it is actually the first paragraph, it nevertheless leaves a lot to be answered. Who is speaking? Why do they hate the sea? And what death or deaths does the character speak of? Hopefully all of these answers and more can be answered in this 384 page fantasy standalone. More to come later!

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And that is my contribution to the Book Beginnings on Friday conversation. What is the first sentence of the book you’re reading right now? Leave it as a comment below and let’s chat about it.




  1. midnightamythest

    “When they rode, they took severed heads with them, in canvas sacks, in saddlebags, and set them out wherever they stopped, on rocks, or stuck them on pikes and tied the sticks with red streamers so the ribbon and the dead hair blew together in the wind.” – Wonderblood by Julia Whicker

    I was enthralled by this first line, it was full of so many questions that needed answers: Why were they doing this with severed heads? Was it cult related? Was in religious? Who’s heads were they? Who was putting out these heads?
    Where were they riding to and from?

    Solid start to the book, though I will say that, further in, it hasn’t quite kept my full interest.


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