First Lines Friday- 5 March 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?

This week’s First Lines Friday book is an older one, but it’s gotten a lot of renewed attention lately! Can you guess it from it’s first lines?

First Lines

“The servants called them malenchki, little ghosts, because they were the smallest and the youngest, and because they haunted the Duke’s house like giggling phantoms, darting in and out of rooms, hiding in cupboards to eavesdrop, sneaking into the kitchen to steal the last of the summer peaches.”

And the book is…….

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo!

Goodreads Synopsis: Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart. 

Shadow and Bone has been getting a lot of attention the last few weeks, now that it’s being adapted into a series on Netflix and the latest trailer just dropped. Will I watch it? Probably, since I’m a sucker for Ben Barnes! I’ve been thinking about rereading the series to refresh my memory on the story before the show airs, maybe I will get to it later this month!

What are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comments!

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