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!
“The spotters swept into the alleyway like sinister shadows that had left their hosts behind to go hunting. The trick to catching sight of them, barely visible as they were in dark blue uniforms, was to track their weapons. The piercing hum of magic the guns emitted always gave them away.”
These Violent Nights by Rebecca Crunden
Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suriias, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.
War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.
Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suriias, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Suriia with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.
And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.
But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares.
I’m 45% through this and I’m absolutely loving it! It’s a real chunky boy at 633 pages but I’m so glad it is as I don’t know what I’m going to do when it ends. Rebecca Crunden is fast becoming one of my favourite authors, you may have seen my reviews for her first three books in The Outlands Pentalogy. The worlds and characters that the author creates always find a way into my heart.
What are you reading?
See you in the next one…