First Line Friday

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? I saw this over on The Anatomy of a Bookworm but it was originally hosted by Wandering Words.

> 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!

Here we go! 😀


Pa was taking too long to cut the boys’ throats. Near ten minutes had run dry since he’d vanished into the quarantine hut, and Fie had spent the last seven of them glaring at its gilded door and trying not to worry a stray thread on her ragged black robe.


The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen follows Fie, the future chieftain of a magical caste of mercy-killers. Fie has the ability to draw magic from the teeth of dead witches and use it to protect her band – The Crows, who take more abuse than coin. When they are summoned to collect the royal dead, Fie hopes for the payout of a lifetime. However, when she discovers that the Crown Prince and his bodyguard have faked their deaths to escape the ruthless Queen Rhusana, she’s ready to cut her losses. She strikes a deal with the Prince: make sure he lives to take the throne and he’ll protect The Crows when he’s King. The trio form an uneasy alliance that is quickly tested by secrets, shifting allegiances and forbidden feelings. With the Queen’s deadly trackers following close behind, the three fugitives must decide what they’re willing to sacrifice to save their own.

Did anyone guess what book it was? 😀 I’m currently reading The Merciful Crow and it’s so good! ❤ I’m obsessed with the characters (Fie is definitely my favourite) and the world. Have you read The Merciful Crow? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments. Hope you all enjoyed! Bye guys, happy reading! xx

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