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- 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!
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Hello, hello, hello friends! So I haven’t posted a First Lines Fridays in about a month (give or take a few days). But I’m so happy to be doing this one! This book is one I’ve been wanting to read for more than a year and a half. Onto the sentence!
…..oooooh that’s a great first sentence. But that doesn’t give us a clue as to what book it is, does it??
Here’s the next sentence:
‘I looked down the row of Aska hunched against each other, ducking behind the muddy hill.’
I looked down the row of Asha hunched against each other, ducking behind the muddy hill.
What book is it?!
It’s Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.
Raised to be a warrior, seventeen-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: fight and survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy—the brother she watched die five years ago.
Faced with her brother’s betrayal, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered. But when the Riki village is raided by a ruthless clan thought to be a legend, Eelyn is even more desperate to get back to her beloved family.
She is given no choice but to trust Fiske, her brother’s friend, who sees her as a threat. They must do the impossible: unite the clans to fight together, or risk being slaughtered one by one. Driven by a love for her clan and her growing love for Fiske, Eelyn must confront her own definition of loyalty and family while daring to put her faith in the people she’s spent her life hating.
Part Wonder Woman, part Vikings—and all heart
As I said in the beginning of this post, I’ve been looking forward to reading Sky In the Deep for over a year and a half. I heard about Sky in the Deep via Netgalley a few years back. I honestly didn’t think that much of the story until it started gaining some traction and attention within the book community.
Have you read Sky in the Deep? What did you think of it? Have you read any other books by Adrienne Young?
I’m particularly Looking forward to reading The Girl the Sea Gave Back *heart eyes*.
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See you soon, and Happy Reading!