First Lines Fridays: Today he would…

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!

Today he would become a god. His mother had told him so.


Black Sun
by Rebecca Roanhorse
ASIN/ISBN: 9781534437678
Publication: October 13, 2020
Series: Between Earth and Sun

The first book in the Between Earth and Sky trilogy, inspired by the civilizations of the Pre-Columbian Americas and woven into a tale of celestial prophecies, political intrigue, and forbidden magic.

A god will return
When the earth and sky converge
Under the black sun

In the holy city of Tova, the winter solstice is usually a time for celebration and renewal, but this year it coincides with a solar eclipse, a rare celestial event proscribed by the Sun Priest as an unbalancing of the world.

Meanwhile, a ship launches from a distant city bound for Tova and set to arrive on the solstice. The captain of the ship, Xiala, is a disgraced Teek whose song can calm the waters around her as easily as it can warp a man’s mind. Her ship carries one passenger. Described as harmless, the passenger, Serapio, is a young man, blind, scarred, and cloaked in destiny. As Xiala well knows, when a man is described as harmless, he usually ends up being a villain. (Goodreads)

I’m reading this for a book club and thought this was one of the best first lines ever. I can’t tell you how I feel about the book yet because I’m not very far, but so far it’s good. What do you think of the first lines?

3 responses to “First Lines Fridays: Today he would…”

  1. Yes! It sounds terrific.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I still need to finish this. The next book is coming out soon! LOL


  2. I still need to finish this. The next book is coming out soon! LOL


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