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!
Tonight I will made the Alchemist’s blood – Jules Ember’s blood – into a weapon.
I stand in a room deep below the ballrooms and balconies of Shorehaven. A time lender hunches across from me, sweating as he mixes powders at his workbench. He’s the latest in a long line of time lenders I’ve commissioned to lure the Alchemist out of hiding. All have been inadequate so far; all have died for it. But something tells me tonight will be different.
I read the first book in this series, Everless, in January of 2018 and found it thoroughly enjoyable. My copy of Evermore came in the mail just yesterday as a gift from my sister. The cover is absolutely stunning and it looks wonderful next to Everless. There are a few other books ahead of it in line on my TBR but I hope to get to it relatively soon.
Jules Ember was raised hearing legends of the ancient magic of the wicked Alchemist and the good Sorceress. But she has just learned the truth: not only are the stories true, but she herself is the Alchemist, and Caro—a woman who single-handedly murdered the Queen and Jules’s first love, Roan, in cold blood—is the Sorceress.
The whole kingdom believes that Jules is responsible for the murders, and a hefty bounty has been placed on her head. And Caro is intent on destroying Jules, who stole her heart twelve lifetimes ago. Jules must delve into the stories that she now recognizes are accounts of her own past. For it is only by piecing together the mysteries of her lives that Jules will be able to save the person who has captured her own heart in this one. (from Goodreads)