First Lines Friday – 29th 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

Moonlight clung like moisture to the abalone walls of the cave, and the sound of lapping seawater echoed over itself in so many whispers. Ninian’s feet disturbed puddles as he walked carefully, one hand outstretched to touch the age-polished wall. He cleared his throat to announce his presence. “Evening, people.” In the back of the hollow, three shadows moved. Two stayed behind while the other stepped forward into the vague light that penetrated the cave from the rising moon. “Ninian. You’re late.”

And the book is…

The Hidden King by E.G. Radcliff

Hidden truths. Hidden power. Hidden destiny.
On the shores of a rusty sea, in the streets of a starving city, a young man named Áed scraps to build a life for himself and the makeshift family he loves. Scarred by a trauma he cannot remember, and haunted by the brutal damage it left behind, he has no idea of the courage his future will demand.

When tragedy strikes, a desperate Áed risks a treacherous, life-changing journey in his last chance to save the only family he has left – but an ancient legacy smoldering within him is about to turn deadly. Neither he – nor a kingdom – will ever be the same.

Published July 12th 2019 by Mythic Prairie Books

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING★★★★★ The Hidden King is a breathtaking debut ★★★★★ Fiery debut and I need more!★★★★★ A brilliant “Rags-to-riches” type story★★★★  The Hidden King is a first-rate read ★★★★★ Sizzling debut shows this novelist’s on the rise★★★ Engaging, fast-paced debut! ★★★★★ Characters are well-written★★★★  Must add to your shelves!

A SPFBO and BBNYA Semi-Finalist!
“…The writing is crisp and the worldbuilding is rich in this promising series opener with faerie influences. ” Publishers Weekly

“The Hidden King won us over with its focused narrative, strong characterization, evocative prose, and interesting world. E.G. Radcliff is a talent to watch.” -Fantasy Book Critic

“The characters in The Hidden King are the kind of people you root for.” -Independent Book Review

“Radcliff demonstrates that masterful storytelling can prove a book the ultimate virtual-reality device… [She] is truly a writer to watch.” – Mimi Black, Let Mimi Say It audio book voice artist

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