First Lines Friday – May 21st 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!

This is a book which I recently read and reviewed on my blog:

Ey!” The wiry peddler’s cuff landed solidly on Ninian’s ear, and the boy dropped the roll of black bread he’d been trying to steal, which landed back on the peddler’s tray. “Not today!”

Scowling, Ninian rubbed his smarting ear. The peddler’s hand had been rough, her touch hardened by labor, though Ninian wasn’t sure how a baker could have so many calluses.

The peddler wagged a finger at him. “Don’t give me that look, child. You pay, or you get out o’ my sight.” Her face, full enough that Ninian could tell she wasn’t starving, folded into a stern frown. “I’ve had enough o’ you little street rats taking my hard work. Move on!”

And the book is…

The Last Prince by E.G.Radcliff – Book 2 in the Coming of Áed trilogy.

Book Description

In a hellish city, the fate of a young boy rests on the very thing he fears most…

Robbed of his childhood by tragedy and betrayal and forced onto the streets, only fury makes young Ninian feel whole – and in a world of gangs and fae, Ninian is more than willing to fight for his life.

But it doesn’t take much to topple a life which is already balanced on the edge of a knife. And by the time a desperate Ninian realizes he’s crossed the wrong person, it is much, much too late.

In his frantic struggle to right his collapsing world, Ninian’s furious, bloody efforts are dredging up history he’d rather forget – the past is tired of being held at bay, and even fighting cannot protect Ninian from himself. 

So when he meets a crimson-eyed stranger, a boy so broken he refuses even to speak, Ninian does not believe he has the capacity to care.

He is wrong.

And that will change everything…

(A full-length prequel to The Hidden King)

Read my review of The Last Prince here

Read my review of The Hidden King here

Buy here:

Coming Soon! The final instalment in the Coming of Áed trilogy – The Wild Court!

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