First Line Friday is a weekly feature that I now love to take part in.

It is hosted by Wandering Words.

What if, instead of judging a book by its cover or by its author, we judged the book by its opening lines?

Here is how it works:

– Pick a book off your shelf and open to the first page.

– Copy the first few lines without giving the book away.

– Reveal the book

Here we go!


The world was a wash of dingy stormlight as the drifter clambered up the craggy bluff. A thick bank of clouds loomed in the east, roiling in from the Boundless Sea, black and bleak grey, streaked with shifting veins of purple and yellow and orange. Thunder roared out from the smear of darkness, a trumpet heralding the coming storm. Erratic gusts blew through the surrounding woods, ripe with the scents of salt and pine and lichen. The mounting summer breeze did nothing to cool the film of greasy sweat that dripped from his brow.

He couldn’t shake the impression of the Last Wind calling his name, beckoning him toward his final journey beyond the Morning Gate.


Scroll down to reveal the book!

The First of Shadows (Book one of The Riven Realm) by Deck Matthews

I’m reading this as part of a Write Reads blog tour. Have you read it yet? Watch out for my review coming 6th September!