First Lines Friday is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if we judged a book by its cover, its author or its prestige instead of judging it by its opening lines?
This week’s First Lines Friday book is the first book in an adult fantasy trilogy that came out in 2020!
“Today he would become a god. His mother had told him so. “Drink this,” she said, handing him a cup. The cup was long and thin and filled with a pale creamy liquid. When he sniffed it, he smelled the orange flowers that grew in looping tendrils outside his window, the ones with the honey centers. But he also smelled the earthy sweetness of the bell-shaped flowers she cultivated in her courtyard garden, the one he was never allowed to play in. And he knew there were things he could not smell in the drink, secret things, things that came from the bag his mother wore around her neck, that whitened the tips of her fingers and his own tongue.”
And the book is…….
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse!
Synopsis: A god will return When the earth and sky converge Under the black sun. In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world. Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain.
In August of last year, I added this book to my TBR list, but I was reminded of it recently when I heard about the sequel’s release in April 2022. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse is an adult fantasy/sci-fi novel and is book 1 of the Between Earth and Sky Series. Both the synopsis and the first lines left me wanting to read more. I love the concept of a fantasy trilogy based on “the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas”, and celestial prophecies are always a fun read. So far the reviews on it have been promising, so it looks like I need to get Black Sun read quickly before its sequel Fevered Star is released!
Have you read Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse? What are you reading this weekend? Let me know in the comments!