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
Our dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what the stories tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true, he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to atone of us every ten years. He protects up against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.
Earlier this year I read Novik’s Spinning Silver and fell in love with her story telling. It felt like magic and wonder and forbidden adventure. I recently picked up Uprooted from the library and am very much looking forward to reading it. I hope for the same fantastical storytelling I fell in love with in Spinning Silver.
Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose. (Goodreads)