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? If you want to make your own post, feel free to use or edit the banner above, and follow the rules below:
- 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!
Down across the sweet-smelling moors the two boys raced. The keen air from the sea blew them along and gave their feet the lightness of their spirit. The sun beat on their bare heads, and lent promise of a fair day for the tournament.
This story is a classic, one I don’t even think I’ve ever read. Reading this first bit makes me want to at least read this edition of the story. I just love the imagery.
The above photo gives you a bit more of a hint. This is another of the books that was in that box of old books a coworker gave my husband. While the bulk of the pages are in excellent condition, there is mold on the edges of the pages. Bummer.
Trust me, if you haven’t read this story, you have seen a movie or tv show that was adapted from this story. It’s very famous.
King Arthur and His Knights by Mabel Louise Robinson
You guys, I didn’t even know that there isn’t one sole author of this story. Many parts of the story we know now began as legends that were created based off poems by Chrétien de Troyes. Then it looks like Geoffrey of Monmouth wrote the first full story about Arthur. Seriously, if you start looking into this book you will fall down a rabbit whole of poetry, legends, and myth vs. reality. This edition I have was published in 1953 and, as you can see, was written by Mabel Louise Robinson.