Welcome to the second instalment of Fantasy First-Liners! When I initially posted the series, it was scheduled to go up every Monday during Summer. It is safe to say that I haven’t been keeping up with this like I would have preferred. Life became a bit too hectic this season so my planned weekly serials have turned into When-I-Have-Time-and-Mental-Functionality segments. I do apologise dearly for this lapse in schedule.
If you didn’t get a chance to read my first posting for Fantasy First-Liners, then allow me to briefly explain the premise for it. I will be taking a stack of three fantasy books and sharing the first line or so, then analysing them as a fun way to get an idea of how things shall kick-off! In my experience, the first few lines to the first couple of paragraphs due a decent job of establishing the overall feeling and atmosphere for whatever is to come later on in that specific book. While this isn’t one-hundred-percent accurate, it does happen far more often than not.
Today’s three books are from serials that I have heard many, many great things about, and are some of my most-anticipated from the genre.
There was a harsh gale blowing on the night Yarvi learned he was king. Or half a king, at least. – Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
From just those two sentences, I get a sense that this book will be sad and intense, with quite a bit of twisted intrigue, which is quite exciting.
Pretend, just for a moment, that you have attained your most deep-seated desire. Not the simple, sensible one you tell your friends about, but the dream that’s so close to your heart that even as a child you hesitated to speak it out loud. – Traitor’s Blade by Sebastian de Castell
This one establishes an almost instantaneous connection with the reader, which is a phenomenal way to grab a reader’s interest and compel you to keep reading. It also implies that the narrative will be about heart-ache and deep-rooted struggles.
“You’d have guessed from the size of his shadow that Clay Cooper was a bigger man than he was.” – Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames
I smiled when I read this. It has a bit of a double-meaning to it, indicating that Clay Cooper is going to be one big motherfucker, in terms of physical appearance, but it also hints to his personality. Cooper may be a big-hearted man who is compassionate, or a big man in terms of ambition and selfish desire. Whatever the case, the story will be character driven as well as play to the duality of size and strengths and weakness associated with it.
That does it for this week’s Fantasy First-Liners. What do you think? Do these first-lines make you want to read the book? Please, chat with me in the comments.