First Lines Fridays – 18th December 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 from the Prologue of the book I am currently reading:

Wind swept through the narrow canyon with a howl like a banshee, a sound made only more terrifying by the moonless, night sky overhead. There were a few stars twinkling faintly, but otherwise not a speck of light to be had. Well, except for Sal’s lantern.

The small lamp cast an orange glow on the canyon walls, walls that stood so close together he could barely stretch his arms out to the sides. Night in the desert was cold, and that relentless wind only worsened, matters.

R. S. Penney


Bullets And Bones: A Sci-Fi Western (Desa Kincaid Book 2) by R. S. Penney

Desa Kincaid set out to save her world from the machinations of a madman.

She failed.

Now, she finds herself a prisoner in her own city, navigating a web of political intrigue. Hope beckons in the form of the mysterious Spear of Vengeance, a weapon forged by the gods. 

To recover it, Desa will take a journey into the very heart of the ancient world and confront an enemy more powerful than any she has faced so far… Her own guilt.

My Thoughts So Far

This book is the second in a series and having not read the first book I am struggling to catch up with what has already happened and who all the different characters are. I would never normally start a series at book #2 but in this case I was approached by the author’s representative and asked if I would read and review Bullets and Bones. I think it’s going to be an enjoyable story though – I like the idea of a Sci-Fi western. It sounds like the Mandalorian in that respect. The main character, Desa Kincaid is a 30 year old Field Binder, able to manipulate the Ether to make things explode, flash brilliantly, thereby distracting/shocking her opponents, or turn them into gravity sinks which attract objects to them. This sounds a little bit like the Force but so far appears to be very specific in what it can and can’t be used to do. I’m intrigued and will probably go back to book 1 in a couple of months and reread this one later.

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