First Lines Friday 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?
Here are the rules:
- Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open it 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!
Here is my line:
“A stretch of black rocks swept by a wind heavy with sleet. The lead-gray sky. The sea is a vast expanse crashing against the reef. Crests of stone seem to chase each other as they’re swallowed up by the water.”
Read on to find out which book this extract is from…
Star of Stone – Century Quartet – Book Two
In the second installment of the Century Quartet, Italian author P. D. Baccalario continues the mystery that will take four cities and four extraordinary kids to solve.
Four kids. A wooden top. And four postcards with secret instructions.
New York City, March 15
Another mysterious artifact reunites Harvey from New York, Elettra from Rome, Mistral from Paris, and Sheng from Shanghai in their attempt to save the world. When they meet people who knew Alfred Van Der Berger, the murdered professor who sent them on their quest in Rome, they realize that the challenge is far from over. And when they discover a series of four postcards written in code years ago by the professor himself, their destiny becomes even clearer.
The cards send the kids all over New York City, through old libraries and abandoned tunnels, in search of the Star of Stone, an ancient object fundamentally connected to the earth. But a new set of villains, predators of Manhattan nightlife, will do anything to stop them…. ©GoodReads
Thank you for taking the time to read my post!
Short Girl Out, Signed;