First Line Friday: April 20, 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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35181314Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) by Ashely Poston

Publisher:Blazer + Bray (February 27, 2018)

Print Length: 480 pages

Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nurture and an outlaw by nature. Found as a child drifting through space with a sentient android called D09, Ana was saved by a fearsome space captain and the grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and Ana will stop at nothing to find a way to fix him.

Ana’s desperate effort to save D09 leads her on a quest to steal the coordinates to a lost ship that could offer all the answers. But at the last moment, a spoiled Ironblood boy beats Ana to her prize. He has his own reasons for taking the coordinates, and he doesn’t care what he’ll sacrifice to keep them.

When everything goes wrong, she and the Ironblood end up as fugitives on the run. Now their entire kingdom is after them—and the coordinates—and not everyone wants them captured alive.

What they find in a lost corner of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth dangerous secrets. But when a darkness from Ana’s past returns, she must face an impossible choice: does she protect a kingdom that wants her dead or save the Metal boy she loves?

First Sentence

“Nine hundred and ninety-nine candles lit the Iron Shrine. Ana curved a crescent moon across her chest – in honor of the Goddess she didn’t believe in — to disguise tucking three coppers from the offering tray into her burgundy coat.”


I chose to pick up Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) because it was included as the book in OwlCrate’s March box and because I have been trying to read my OwlCrate books in a timely manner. My reasoning aside, as with previous weeks I had to include more than just the first sentence in order to give any sort of context. As a Anastasia retelling, I would assume that the Ana that is spoken of is the lost princess, as that’s how it happened in the 1997 20th Century Fox animated movie. What did leave me with questions, however, is the mention of the Iron Shrine. Will Poston structure her novel’s religion to mirror one we are familiar? Will it be as fantastical as I am hoping Heart of Iron (Heart of Iron #1) will be? Or, will this Iron religion even be important to the overall plot? I guess I better get reading to find out!

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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.


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