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:
- 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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Here we go…
I’m going to remember this day for the rest of my life, I thought to myself. This was the day that I could no longer remember the gentle caress of the Soussa winds when I closed my eyes. Instead, as I blinked back the tears, all I could feel was the oppressive heat of the tunnel that I was trapped in, and the bite of the unyielding rocks.
Read on to find out which book this extract is from…
Dragon Connection by Ava Richardson.
One crown can unite them—or destroy them all.
The three kingdoms lie splintered, their aging dragon riders content with stories of glorious battle victories. But a new evil creeps across the land. Inyene, a powerful noblewoman of the Northern Kingdom, plunders valuable resources to power mechanical dragons in her quest to gain a foothold in the Middle Kingdom. From there she will ascend the High Throne, once again uniting the realms under a single crown.
For the wearer of the Stone Crown can wield unlimited power—if it can be found.
Narissea has spent a quarter of her sixteen years slaving away in the mines, accused of a crime she didn’t commit. When word reaches her of the horrors assailing her village, Narissea knows she must act despite the risk. Already her arm is scarred with four brands signifying previous escape attempts. If she’s unsuccessful in her fifth, it will mean death.
But her life forever changes when she stumbles upon an injured dragon, discovers an ancient shrine, and learns the true purpose behind Lady Inyene’s mechanical abominations.
Now, Narissea has only one choice: gain Inyene’s trust and find a way to thwart her plans, even if it means sacrificing that which she desires most of all.
This book contains violence.
This is the first and only book I’ve read by Ava Richardson (so far). I grabbed it off of NetGalley mostly for the cover. I know, I know. You shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover… But I did. And I judged right! I’ll be posting a full review in a week or so, but for now I’ll just say… I NEED A DRAGON! WHY AREN’T DRAGONS A THING AND WHY CAN’T I HAVE ONE???
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