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~ First Lines Friday – #8 (July 23, 2021) ~

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?

  • 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!


“I should not be able to do what I can do.

Every day I try to tame it, ignore it. But it bubbles up inside, always there, humming in my fingertips, my chest, my throat, building up friction. Building. Building.

Thirsting for a spark.

My magic is a wild thing, a wave, a way to stay alive.”


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: This novel is a standalone young adult fantasy.


Hint 2: It has been described as Furyborn meets A Curse So Dark and Lonely.

This week’s book is:

A Season of Sinister Dreams by Tracy Banghart!

Published June 22nd 2021, 320 pages

Annalise may be cousin to the prince, but her past isn’t what she claims, and she possesses a magic so powerful it takes all her strength to control it. Evra is a country girl, and has watched as each friend and family member came into their own magic, while hers remains dormant. But everything changes after Annalise loses control of herself and Evra begins experiencing the debilitating visions of a once-in-a-generation clairvoyant meant to serve the crown.

Thrown together at court, Evra and Annalise find that they have the same goal: to protect their kingdom from the powerful men who are slowly destroying it. But neither is quick to trust the other — Evra’s visions suggest a threat to royal rule, and Annalise worries that her darkest secrets will be revealed. Their magic at odds, the young women circle each other, until the truth must come out.


I actually first about this author with the Grace and Fury series. I meant to read that series and the other novels, Furyborn and A Curse so Dark and Lonely, before and still need to get to all of them. Eventually, I need to actually organize my TBR novels to figure out which ones I want to read at least sometime this year and which ones I still want to read, but maybe way down the line. For this novel, I am not only interested in the synopsis, but I am very curious to read a standalone. In fantasy novels, standalones are hit and miss as sometimes there is not enough time to have world-building plus character development on top of the main plot. Other times, a standalone is the perfect amount of pages for a story. I am curious how this novel with turn out and also if I enjoy the author’s style and want to read more of her works.


  • Have you read A Season of Sinister Dreams or is it on your TBR?
  • What did you think of the first lines?

7 thoughts on “~ First Lines Friday – #8 (July 23, 2021) ~

  1. I haven’t read the book, and I enjoyed the first lines. They set up an interesting dilemma. Right away, the character suggests that they might not want the magic (“ignore it”), but other times wants the magic but has difficulty controlling it (“try to tame it”). With such a wild, difficult-to-control force inside the character, us readers are immediately wondering if the character will ever be able to have some sort of control over the magic force, and what danger/destruction will come up before the character can gain that control.

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