First Line Fridays – 20th November 2020

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, just 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!

Here are the first lines of the book I am currently reading:

The mist on the mountain settled low as the damp morning chill turned to drizzling rain. Three figures made their way through the fog and up a narrow mountain pass on horseback. From under the hood of his dew-drenched, coal-grey cloak, each one watched his white breath swirl and rise before it joined the surrounding mist.

Joshua Gillingham


The Gatewatch by Joshua Gillingham


Torin Ten-Trees and his closest companions, Bryn and Grimsa, set out to join The Gatewatch and become trollhunters. When a troupe of meddling dwarves throws them off course they are captured by trolls and taken as prisoners to a secret gathering deep underground. There they learn that an ancient giant has crowned himself king of the trolls and plans to utterly destroy The Gatewatch. Their perilous journey back to the land of sun and stars will stretch their strength to the limit, strain their wits, and demand an unspeakable sacrifice. But will it be enough to defeat the Troll King?

The Gatewatch is an epic troll-hunting adventure inspired by the Norse Myths and the Icelandic Sagas.

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I love this idea of judging a book by its opening sentence(s) rather than its cover! Watch this space for more of these First Line Fridays.

Follow the author Joshua Gillingham here: @JoshMGillingham

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