First Line Fridays – #4

Posted April 22, 2016 by meezcarrie in First Line Fridays, Lori Benton / 39 Comments

first line fridays

It’s Friday again! (WHOOHOO!!!)

Time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line!

Today, my “first line” is really more of a “first paragraph” because I want you to get an idea of the beauty of this book. Mine is from Lori Benton’s latest – A Flight of Arrows.

a flight of arrows

And the first line paragraph is…

“Satahuhsiyost – Listen. Open your ears to a story I will tell you. It is the story of a warrior, and some of it you know. But you do not know the whole of it. Bear with me a while and you will.”

So… what’s your First Line on this Friday?


39 responses to “First Line Fridays – #4

  1. carylkane

    I LOVED A Flight of Arrows! My first line comes from The Cowboy’s Bride Collection. “Have a safe journey, Henry”. Rilla Lane held up a small basket. “I’ve packed you a lunch, for on the train.”


  2. I am so excited to start a FLight of Arrows!!!! Just ifnished the first book 😀 My first sentence is: “Christianity is the only major religion to have as its central event the humiliation of its God.” – Church History in plain language was the nearest book *laughing face*

  3. I am missing the first. My favorite quote in all of time and space is “So many books…So little time!” Someday I will read all those books I have been meaning to read lol!

  4. From The Chicago Manual of Style 16th Edition: “Printed-and-bound books and journals and their electronic counterparts constitute the core of scholarly publishing.”


  5. Debbie Clatterbuck

    Logan’s Lady by Tracie Peterson. “Amelia grimaced as she heard her father and Sir Jeffery Chamberlain break into yet another discussion on the implementation of fertilizer to boost agricultural yields.”

  6. “One of the things I loved best about acting class was that we always started at the barre. A few of the “serious students” (aka the jerkoffs who thought musicals were a lesser art)complained, only wanting to perform in plays or on screen, but our teacher Ms. Price insisted that we needed to be well-rounded…”
    Jerkbait by Mia Siegert

    Happy Friday!

  7. From “Rising Fire” by Terri Brisbin:
    The earth buckled beneath her feet, its roar fearsome and deafening, and the sky tore itself open to hurl torrents of rain and lightning at her.

    And while I’m thinking about it … I suppose Flight of Arrows may be a good book, but my word, that opening line is one of the worst I’ve ever read. She opens the book with “Satahuhsiyost”? Something that is difficult, if not impossible, for many people to sound out? It’s almost like the author is promising that “This is going to be a REALLY HARD book to read.” I’m amazed any editor let this stand. Or maybe I’m just feeling grouchy today.

    • Carrie

      well… it’s a Native American word and it fits so beautifully with the book. If someone has read the previous book in the series (which they really should have) it makes perfect sense 🙂

      • What you say makes sense: Satahuhsiyost is kind of like a code word warning the reader not to start the series in the middle. I still say the opening would be stronger if that wasn’t the very first word in the book!

  8. Josef Maevski’s calloused fingers pressed the brilliant blue stone against the grit of the turntable as he tried not to rush.

    Then Sings My Soul, Amy Sorrells

  9. “Two open cases, two dead ends.”
    from Drawing Fire by Janice Cantore
    I haven’t started it yet but the book I’m currently reading is sitting by the couch 😉

  10. “There is a moment, just before every storm, when the entire world pauses.” from Siren’s Fury by Mary Weber. I just finished the first book in the Storm Siren trilogy, this is the second and I hope to start it tomorrow.

    I’m also planning on starting Beth White’s The Magnolia Duchess soon. Carrie, I hope you find the time to start her series – it is so good!

    • Trixi

      I just got done reading that book Yvette and it is good! You should enjoy it if you’ve read the other two in that series! Happy reading 🙂

  11. Trixi

    “The sound exploded through the crowded street.” Seaside Secrets by Dana Mentink.

    It’s her May 2016 Love Inspired Suspense new release. Second of the Pacific Coast Private Eyes series. I love her writing. This one also deals with people who suffer from PTSD. Just started this last night 🙂

  12. I’m so happy you’re reading A Flight of Arrows!!! It’s just amazing. And I do love the way it opens, with someone telling the story.

    Here’s the first line from my current read: “Though ours was not the love story I would have written for myself, I would not have had us any other way.” Any guesses?

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