First Lines Fridays: The forest is still…

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!

The forest is still, the branches streaked in sunset. Weeds and shadows press at my heels.

The silence is a lie. I don’t need my craft to catch the faint flutter of wings hidden behind broad summer leaves or the shuffle of small paws in the underbrush. But with my craft, every presence is amplified, like a dozen voices shouting at once.

Warning: This one is a sequel so the book description might ruin the first book. Proceed at your own risk.


by Lori M. Lee
ASIN/ISBN: 9781645672111
Publication: June 15, 2021
Series: Shamanborn #2

The Soulless has woken from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide—a savior—but Sirscha knows the truth. She’s a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she’ll be executed.

But there’s nothing Sirscha won’t risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that’s killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what—or who—that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power.

With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are. (from Goodreads)

I’ve been waiting for Broken Web since I first finished Forest of Souls. I’m excited to pick up where the first book left off but I need to finish my current read before I can start on it. Hopefully I’ll get to it this month!

2 responses to “First Lines Fridays: The forest is still…”

    1. Thanks! I can’t wait to finally read it.

      Liked by 1 person

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