First Lines Fridays: March 17, 2023

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?  The rules are as follows:

  • 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!

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First Lines

The buzzing flies and screaming survivors had long since replaced the war-drums.

The killing field was now a tangled sprawl of corpses, human and faerie alike, interrupted only by broken wings jutting toward the gray sky or the occasional bulk of a felled horse.

Do you know what book this is?

Still guessing?

Well, the book reveal is…







A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

From Bookshop.org:

The epic third novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s actions and learn what she can about the invading king threatening to bring her land to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit. One slip could bring doom not only for Feyre, but for everything-and everyone-she holds dear.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre endeavors to take her place amongst the High Fae of the land, balancing her struggle to master her powers-both magical and political-and her love for her court and family. Amidst these struggles, Feyre and Rhysand must decide whom to trust amongst the cunning and lethal High Lords, and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the fate of Feyre’s world is at stake as armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy it.

11 thoughts on “First Lines Fridays: March 17, 2023

    1. Hahaha happens to the best of us! There have definitely been times where I didn’t recognize first lines from books I read, either.

  1. Before I had scrolled down enough to know for sure, I was positive it was ACOWAR. Between the war and the use of faeries, I figured it had to be haha. This is a fun challenge. I’d be curious if anyone would pick up my current reads just based on first lines alone!

    1. I thought the mention of “faeries” might tip some readers off! Most of the time I have no idea what the first lines are because there are So. Many. Books. that I haven’t read.

  2. Hey Celeste,

    even after the first sentence I knew exactly what kinda book it was. ?
    I loved it a lot, even though the second volume is my favorite of the series so far. ❤️

    Cheerio
    RoXXie

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