First Lines Friday – 22nd 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 book I am currently reading

Maya was special, so her father said from the moment she was born. Of recent years it was far less common that a mother survived childbirth. Upon delivering, the bleeding so often wouldn’t stop, and where one life was given, another was too often taken away. Being with a child was now more a curse than a blessing, and what should have always been a joyous event for any couple, husband or wife, soon started to become a sentence of death. A husband knew that to gain a son or daughter was to often lose the mother, or if she survived, for her to be a pale shadow of her former self.


And The Book Is…

Kings & Daemons by Marcus Lee

This is the first book in Marcus Lee’s The Gifted and The Cursed trilogy.
I am less than a quarter into this book but I can honestly say that I am thoroughly enjoying it. Look for a full review here on my blog soon! The characters are really well described and very different to one another. I plan to also read book 2 in the trilogy, Tristan’s Folly before the third and final book in the series, The End of Dreams comes out next month.

Description

If you like fantasy tales of conquest, dark kings, daemonic heroes, and magic, you’ll love ‘Kings and Daemons’ by Epic Fantasy author, Marcus Lee. This is a spellbinding Dark Fantasy novel which will enchant you with its plot of ambition, revenge, love, and tragedy. What the gods give with one hand, they take away with the other, for if you are gifted, you shall also be cursed.

Over fifty years have passed since Daleth the seemingly immortal Witch-King, and his army conquered the Ember Kingdom.
Now, with the once fertile lands and its enslaved people dying around him, the Witch-King, driven by his insatiable thirst for eternal youth, prepares his forces to march on the prosperous neighbouring Freestates. It will be the beginnings of a conquest that could destroy nations, bringing death and destruction on an unimaginable scale.
Then, when a peasant huntress whose rare gift was concealed from birth is exposed, it sets in motion a chain of events that could alter the destiny of generations to come. 

Amazon links:

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Daemons-Fantasy-Adventure-Gifted-Cursed-ebook/dp/B0896XKZQ2

US: www.amazon.com/Daemons-Fantasy-Adventure-Gifted-Cursed-ebook/dp/B0896XKZQ2


About the Author

Writing hasn’t always been my main hobby … but it has always been there, lurking in the shadows, serving me well when called upon.

As I look back over the years, I realise I was guilty of writing many short stories, as well as poetry, and I’d like to think, that even if they were never intended to be published, they were nonetheless warmly received by the intended recipients.

Then in 2019, I was inspired to write not just a short story, or poetry, but a book. Then, suddenly, one book turned into a trilogy and a labour of love, and it was a love I wanted to share with the world.

So, here we are. The pandemic that put my career in sport on hold also gave me the opportunity to lavish time on my alternative hobby, or if demand dictates my new career.

However, only you, the reader, will decide whether this trilogy which is still a work in progress, will be the first of many. I genuinely hope so.

Who knows, now these creatives juices are flowing, I might just keep on writing anyway.

Epic Fantasy has been my favourite genre since I first read The Odyssey and The Illiad by Homer as a seven-year-old. Now it’s my turn to see if I can bring another world to life in the imagination of others.

My website is www.marcusleebooks.com
You can contact me through my webpage with any feedback, on this, my debut book.


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