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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Beyond 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.
“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.