First Lines Friday: February 11, 2022

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?

  • 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!

Well hello! And how are you doing today? Me, I woke up with a migraine. I’m going to be gentle with myself today and take it easy. I don’t have as many migraines as I used to, thanks to medication, but yes, it used to be much worse. Thank you Doc!

But today’s First Lines Friday ticks a ton of boxes for me. Which is why it’s so surprising that I haven’t read it yet. Oh, let’s be honest, it’s not that much of a surprise, my TBR is huge.

The Lines:

I will die drowning; it has always been known. This was my first vision, long before I knew what it was, and I’ve had it so many time now that I know each instant by heart.


The Book:

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian

Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come–for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future.

On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends–countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic.

When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle.

As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change destiny–and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way.

So can we take a moment to appreciate that the author put trigger warnings (suicide and mental health) in the front of the book? She also went so far as to put helpline numbers in there in case you need it! More authors need to do that!

Where do you stand on trigger warnings on books?

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