First Lines Fridays #5

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!

Today’s First Lines:

“The boy and the girl had once dreamed of ships, long ago, before they’d ever seen the True Sea. They were the vessels of stories, magic ships with masts hewn from sweet cedar and sails spun by maidens from thread of pure gold. Their crews were white mice who sang songs and scrubbed the decks with their pink tails.”

Do you know which book this is from? Scroll down to find out!

Title: Siege and Storm

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

Goodreads Synopsis

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her—or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Thoughts & Comments

I’ve been waiting for this book from the library for the last few weeks because all the copies were checked out. So, I’m excited to start it. The first several lines don’t really seem to give much indication about the direction of the rest of the book, but it does show that the story likely picks up right where the last book left off. I’m ready to see what Alina and Mal get up to next, and I’ll be sure to let you all know what I think of the book when I’m finished.

Does this book sound like something you would like? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!

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