First Line Friday: May 18, 2018

Happy Friday!

For those of you who have been reading for a while I tend to post a fun tag or meme on Friday’s to get us into the weekend spirit.

While perusing through WordPress last week I came across a new-to-me meme that may become a staple here on The Paperback Pilgrim.

The Book Beginnings on 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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35140574The Diminished (Untitled Duology #1) by Kaitlyn Sage Patterson

Publisher: Harlequin Teen (April 10, 2018)

Print Length: 454 pages

In the Alskad Empire, nearly all are born with a twin, two halves to form one whole…yet some face the world alone. 

The singleborn 

A rare few are singleborn in each generation, and therefore given the right to rule by the gods and goddesses. Bo Trousillion is one of these few, born into the royal line and destined to rule. Though he has been chosen to succeed his great-aunt, Queen Runa, as the leader of the Alskad Empire, Bo has never felt equal to the grand future before him. 

The diminished 

When one twin dies, the other usually follows, unable to face the world without their other half. Those who survive are considered diminished, doomed to succumb to the violent grief that inevitably destroys everyone whose twin has died. Such is the fate of Vi Abernathy, whose twin sister died in infancy. Raised by the anchorites of the temple after her family cast her off, Vi has spent her whole life scheming for a way to escape and live out what’s left of her life in peace. 

As their sixteenth birthdays approach, Bo and Vi face very different futures—one a life of luxury as the heir to the throne, the other years of backbreaking work as a temple servant. But a long-held secret and the fate of the empire are destined to bring them together in a way they never could have imagined.

First Sentence

‘The first queen built the Alskad Empire from scorched earth and ash after the goddess Dzallie split the moon and rained fire from the sky.’

Review 

This first line of The Diminished (Untitled Duology #1) is all sorts of epic. As for questions it leaves, who is the first queen and the empire she built? Who is the goddess and why on earth did she choose destruction as the path for the world in which Alskad resides? And why is the person speaking giving a history lesson rather than giving an introduction to themselves. As The Diminished (Untitled Duology #1) was one book release that I was looking forward to, I hope to answer all my questions soon.

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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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