First Line Friday #23


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? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:

  1. Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  2. Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  3. Finally… reveal the book!

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Hi friends, and Happy weekend! If you didn’t know, today is Friday, and pheeewwwwww I am so ready to jump into bed for the weekend and forget about all my troubles. Dive into a good book and relax.

The particular book I’m mentioning today is a book that I’ve wanted to read…..I think for a few years now. Maybe even back in my tumblr days… Let’s get on with it so you can get to reading your book and/or enjoying your weekend faster! xD


The calming echo of a holy chant filtered down from the sanctuary and into the cellars. It was late afternoon, just before Vespers, a time where psalms to the gods were given up in an effortless chorus.

OK so more than one sentence, but o m g how could I not include the entire snippet?!

I’ve heard a tonne about this particular book. Some good, some bad, altogether meant that there were loads of mixed views. Before diving into a book I like to remain as impartial to everyone else’s thoughts of the story. I don’t want my mind to be muddled by outside voices. I actually try to stay away from a lot of social media just in case I come across something that I don’t want to read. 

The first lines that I’ve showed you are from: Wicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan. 

A girl who can speak to gods must save her people without destroying herself.

A prince in danger must decide who to trust.

A boy with a monstrous secret waits in the wings.

Together, they must assassinate the king and stop the war.

In a centuries-long war where beauty and brutality meet, their three paths entwine in a shadowy world of spilled blood and mysterious saints, where a forbidden romance threatens to tip the scales between dark and light. Wicked Saints is the thrilling start to Emily A. Duncan’s devastatingly Gothic Something Dark and Holy trilogy.

Synopsis from Wicked Saints, by Emily A. Duncan

I’m trying my hardest right now to forget what I actually just read because holycrap I’m finding the scene to already be atmospheric and wow I want to read Wicked Saints as soon as I can…?! Should I wait until I have all 3 books in the trilogy to read it?

Let me know if you’ve read Wicked Saints or not. I’d love to know your thoughts / impressions of the story!!!

Thank you for stopping by!
Happy Reading!


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