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~ First Lines Friday – #16 (September 17, 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!


“Nobody really noticed when Alice Blackwell disappeared. The ‘witch-girl’, as the village folk came to know her, lived alone in a hut nestled amidst tall ferns and ancient oaks in the mountains that surrounded Alder Vale. No one knew where the hut was exactly, or whether Alice lived in a hut at all, but they felt sure that she was the kind of girl who would live in one, and so the presumption had become a widely circulated fact. She was strange, you see. Only a strange person would choose to live a quiet existence away from the chatter and bustle of the town. At least, that’s what they whispered to one another.”


Do you recognize the lines?

Hint: This is a new fantasy novel releasing later this year as the start of a series.


Hint 2: It has been described as Anne of Green Gables meets His Dark Materials.

This week’s book is:

Sisters of Shadow (Sisters of Shadow #1) by Katherine Livesey!

Expected publication: September 30th 2021, 400 pages

All she knew was vengeance…
Alice has lived in the forest on the fringes of Alder Vale ever since her parents abandoned her. Alone, exiled, feared by all. All except Lily.

But something is stirring beyond the mountains, whispers of spectres stalking the moors, women of unfathomable power luring children into a cult that has haunted local lore for a generation.

Then, in the dead of night, Alice receives a letter promising answers to the questions that have always tormented her. And so she meets Grace. The red-cloaked cultist pledged to protect her, a scarred warrior born of storm and sea, the girl who will steal her heart.


I actually received this ARC from the publisher. I actually have not seen it around a lot, but it looks like it could be an interesting read. I do like the cover and synopsis, so most likely I would have read this eventually on my own, but I am glad the published gave me a “nudge” by sending me the novel.


  • Have you read Sisters of Shadow or is it on your TBR?
  • What did you think of the first lines?

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