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!
“Kip crawled toward the battlefield in the darkness, the mist pressing down, blotting out sound, scattering starlight. Though the adults shunned it and the children were forbidden to come here, he’d played on the open field a hundred times – during the day. Tonight, his purpose was grimmer.”
And the winner is….. The Black Prism by Brent Weeks.
The Black Prism is the first in the Lightbringer series, which is one of my favourite fantasy series’s! It is such a unique story told from multiple POV. The story itself is based around ‘drafters’ those with the ability to give colours a solid form. It is such an interesting magic system and while the main character does have a lot of growing up to do there is so much going on it didn’t really diminish anything from the overall read. It is also one of the few books where I have literally been sitting there with my mouth open at one of the plot twists.
Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.
But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart
To be honest I don’t really like this synopsis and I don’t feel it really explains what you are in for when you read the book for this one I have to say it is the opening line again which has me more interested but perhaps I am being biased as I have already read the book.
What grabs your attention the most, the first few lines or the synopsis?