Fantasy First-Liners #4: Spinning Silver, The Mermaid, & Dead Set

Happy Monday morning to you all! Today I am back with another round of Fantasy First-Liners, and very much like last week I will be cheating a tiny bit as one of the books listed here are from my fantasy library stacks rather than something I own. But you know… no regrets!

Y’all may recognise one of the titles right off the bat as it has gotten quite popular since it’s release and is one of my most-anticipated fantasy reads! If you have any fantasy books that you loved, please drop them in the comments as I’m always on the lookout for kick-ass books from the genre.

The Mermaid by Christina Henry

Once there was a fisherman, a lonely man who lived on a cold and rocky coast and was never able to convince any woman to come away and live in that forbidding place with him.”

Oh, man. Christina Henry is one of my favourite writers of dark fantasy, specifically the twists she takes on fairy tales. So, reading this, I can already feel that it’s going to be about someone resorting to drastic measures to cope with their terrible loneliness.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

“The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard.”

Well… considering the fact that this novel has been described to be a Rumpelstiltskin re-telling, that opening line tells me it’s going to be dark and (hopefully) fucked-up in some way. I love narratives like that, so already I’m super intrigued.

Dead Set: A Novel by Richard Kadrey

For three straight nights Zoe dreamed about the black dog. It follows her through the empty streets of a strange city, trailing after but never getting quite close enough to be threatening. It just watched.”

That sounds ominous as hell. It also sounds like she’s being haunted by something, so that immediately plays into the listed supernatural subgenre. I like the mysteriousness of these lines and hope that it works to establish a discomforting ambiance, which is a must with supernatural or haunting tales!

Do any of these books sound interesting to you? Have you read them? What did you think?

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8 thoughts on “Fantasy First-Liners #4: Spinning Silver, The Mermaid, & Dead Set

    • I’m really hoping I can get to Spinning Silver before the year ends. I just don’t want to pick it up if I’m fighting slumps, which has been far too common this year.


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  2. That Dead Set really does sound ominous as hell…Whoa. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one. By far (well at least for me anyway) the most interesting one on this list! 😊

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  3. Oh man, I’ve read all three of these. I was disappointed with Dead Set a little bit. But I’m curious to see how you will feel about it. You’re definitely going to love The Mermaid and either love, or really fucking enjoy, Spinning Silver. Enjoy, my love!

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