First Lines Friday – 15th January 2021

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 story I am currently reading

He stood naked on the altar, staring up at the crucifix.

He claimed he came to destroy the world.

This wasn’t the first deranged man I encountered inside the Münster Cathedral, but he was the most tenacious in his ravings.

When I called the police, the woman on the phone sighed. A naked man inside a church did not constitute an emergency.

I strongly disagreed.

She sighed again, then said an officer would be here in twenty minutes, if one was available.

I cleared my throat, wanting to alert the man of my return.

He turned and met my gaze. Sharp eyes of green cut into my core, almost into my very being. I didn’t know if they wanted to love me or end me.

Lyra Wolf

And The Book Is…

Truth and Other Lies by Lyra Wolf

The first book in the Nine World Chronicles.


Nothing is trickier than the truth

All Loki the trickster god of Asgard wants is a quiet, peaceful life where he’s free to needle Balder, occasionally stir up the inter-realm porridge pot, and get Thor to dress in women’s garments (for all the best reasons).

Getting beset by sudden, painful, and terribly inconvenient visions of blood, ash, and death are definitely not on his to-do list. But, because of some small, ridiculous remnant of caring that refuses to be extinguished, Loki feels he must save Asgard…and that means warning Odin, his least favorite god (next to Thor).

But getting the gods to believe the boy who cried Fenrir is harder than it looks, and time is running out, not just for Asgard, but also for a mortal woman named Sigyn who may just hold the key to Loki’s future.

Loki is about to find out the hard way that the only thing crueler than truth are the lies behind it all.

About the Author

Lyra Wolf

Lyra Wolf is a Swiss-American author of fantasy and expert character tormentor.

Born in Indiana, home to a billion corn mazes, she now lives in Central Florida, home to a billion mosquitoes. She loves Mozart, traveling, theme parks, and raising procrastination to a fine art.

When Lyra isn’t fulfilling the wishes of her overly demanding Chihuahua, you can find her writing about other worlds and the complicated people who live there.

Lyra has earned a B.A. in History and M.A. in English.

I am reviewing Lyra’s book on behalf of Storytellers on Tour.

My full review will be available as part of the blog tour on 29th January 2021. Don’t miss it!

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