Welcome to the first instalment of a new feature here at Ink Drops Books!
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? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:
- 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!
This seems like a lot of fun to me. A lot of the time, when I’m shopping for books, apart from looking at the cover and blurb, I’ll read the first few sentences to get a bit of a feel for the writing style, so apart from this being a bit of fun, maybe you’ll be interested by some of the books that I include.
So, let’s begin.
Even when there are no prisoners, I can still hear the screams. They live in the walls like ghosts and echo in between footsteps.
Any idea what book this could be?
Read on to find out…
The Sin-Eater’s Daughter – Melinda Salisbury
Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?
I picked up this book after it was recommended to me by a friend, and while this book is not one of my favourites, the series as a whole is fantastic. The world gradually gets bigger, the fantasy elements more and more developed, and the characters become stronger and more vivid. To top it all off, Melinda Salisbury is a wonderful writer, and I especially love the way that she describes scenes.
You can read my full review for this book here.