Top Ten Tuesday : Opening first lines #WyrdAndWonder


TTTTop Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.   This week’s topic:

Book Quote Freebie

As it’s Wyrd and Wonder all the books I used for this week’s theme are fantasy and in lieu of it being a ‘freebie’ I’m going for first line quotes from recent fantasy – let’s see how I get on.  These are all recent reads and the reviews are linked so if you are intrigued by the opening sentence then check out the review and see if the book calls to you.

Nettle and Bone by T Kingfisher – ‘The trees were full of crows and the woods were full of madmen.’


The Girl and the Moon (Book of the Ice #3) by Mark Lawrence – ‘Yaz had walked on water her entire life, and now in this place where it fell molten from the skies they planned to drown her in the stuff.’

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The Hunger of the Gods (#2 of the Bloodsworn Saga) by John Gwynne – ‘Orka stood in a tempest of fire and smoke.’


The Justice of Kings (Empire of the Wolf #1) by Richard Swan – ‘It is a strange thing to think that the end of the Empire of the Wolf, and all the death and devastation that came with it, traced its long roots back to the tiny and insignificant village of Rill.’


This Charming Man (The Stranger Times #2) by CK McDonnell – ‘The Hunger.  The damned hunger. Phillip had never felt anything like it.’


Echo by Thomas Olde Heuvelt – ‘Julia sees the people in the stairwell when she gets up at night to pee’


The Haunting of Las Lagrimas by WM Cleese – ‘Every night the same things happen.’


The Great Witch of Brittany by Louisa Morgan – ‘Thirteen-year-old Ursule Orchiere knelt in the shadow of the red caravan to watch her mother lie to people.’


A Witch in Time by Constance Sayers – ‘Just after my divorce was final, my friend set me up on a blind date.’


Comfort Me With Apples by Catherynne M Valente – ‘Welcome to a new world of luxury living in Arcadia Gardens, an exclusive, upscale gated community!’


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8 Responses to “Top Ten Tuesday : Opening first lines #WyrdAndWonder”

  1. Tammy

    I love these! The quote for This Charming Man makes me want to read it😁

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, it’s such a good series, If you’re looking for a new UF you should defo check it out.
      Lynn 😀

  2. pagesandtea

    Nettle and Bone is the one that catches my attention the most here, but I’d also like to read A Witch in Time, The Haunting of Las Lagrimas and The Great Witch of Brittany.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Well, at the risk of adding to your tbr, I would say I think you’d love all of those.
      Lynn 😀

  3. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    The first sentence in a book is certainly very important: I loved revisiting the one from Hunger of the Gods (Team Orka all the way…) and I have to admit that the start of The Justice of Kings made me pay extra attention… 🙂

    • @lynnsbooks

      I think the Justice of Kings opener is my favourite.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    I’ve read most of these but I’ve never really thought about their first lines, some of these are so good!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, I was so pleasantly surprised because I didn’t pick and choose but went for some quite recent reads.
      Lynn 😀

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