First Lines Fridays

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!

Lightning clawed through the coal-black sky, throwing jagged brilliance onto the ruined earth. Cold rain lashed the island like a whip and, far below, the sea writhed endlessly. The land was facing a mighty onslaught, one not seen since the long-ago battle of Moytura three thousand years before.

Any ideas?

Sinead O’Hart is the author I credit with re-igniting my love of middle-grade fiction, so I am always excited when she has a new book coming up, and this time its based on Irish folklore, so I absolutely had to request it on NetGalley – and make it my current read!

Goodreads Synopsis:

The seandraiocht – the Old Magic – isn’t remembered like it once was. Its power is fading…

When Rose is entrusted with a powerful stone by a Frost Giant, she is swept into an adventure full of danger. The stone can be used for great good or great evil, depending on its keeper. It leads Rose to discover the magic that runs through all of Ireland. A magic that is threaded together beneath the the Silver Road. But the Silver Road is under threat.

Now Rose must keep the stone from falling into the wrong hands and embark on a quest to find its rightful owner and keep the magic alive . . .

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