First Lines Fridays #61

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!


 

You love too much my king.
My queen spoke the words often across the centuries we spent together. At first, with a smile. But in alter years, with a furrowed brow.

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A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa TahirA Reaper at the Gates (An Ember in the Ashes, #3)

I’m kinda surprised at how much I’m liking this so far. Book 2 wasn’t my favorite, so I wasn’t really in a ruch to pick up this when it came out, but I’m really liking every storyline so far – even Helene’s, so isn’t my favorite. I do miss the audiobook because it’s really great, but the story has me hooked so far.


Goodreads Synopsis: Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.

The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.

Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.

And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion–even at the cost of his humanity.


Have you read A REAPER AT THE GATES? Or EMBER or TORCH? Are they on your TBR? What’s your favorite Roman-inspires fantasy novel? Share below!

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