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~ First Lines Friday – #10 (August 6, 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 WILL DIE DROWNING; it has always been known. This was my first vision, long before I knew it for what it was, and I’ve had it so many times now that I know each instant by heart. Where most visions are ephemeral things, shifting and changing in different lights and at different angles, this one is always so solid that it leaves its bruises on my mind and soul long after it ends.”


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: This is a new release standalone of a reimagining of an Arthurian legend.


Hint 2: It is a feminist retelling story following Elaine, Lady of Shalott.

This week’s book is:

Half Sick of Shadows by Laura Sebastian!

Published July 6th 2021, 448 pages

Everyone knows the legend. Of Arthur, destined to be a king. Of the beautiful Guinevere, who will betray him with his most loyal knight, Lancelot. Of the bitter sorceress, Morgana, who will turn against them all. But Elaine alone carries the burden of knowing what is to come–for Elaine of Shalott is cursed to see the future.

On the mystical isle of Avalon, Elaine runs free and learns of the ancient prophecies surrounding her and her friends–countless possibilities, almost all of them tragic.

When their future comes to claim them, Elaine, Guinevere, Lancelot, and Morgana accompany Arthur to take his throne in stifling Camelot, where magic is outlawed, the rules of society chain them, and enemies are everywhere. Yet the most dangerous threats may come from within their own circle.

As visions are fulfilled and an inevitable fate closes in, Elaine must decide how far she will go to change fate–and what she is willing to sacrifice along the way.


This novel has been on my TBR for awhile and one that I hope to get to this month. I debated about reading it or listening to it on audiobook and I believe I will give the audiobook a try. I love Arthurian legends and all types of retellings, so I have high hopes for this novel. I hope that it lives up to my expectations and turns out to be a decent novel.


  • Have you read Half Sick of Shadows or is it on your TBR?
  • What did you think of the first lines?

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