First Line Friday (week 325): Kingdom Lost

Posted January 19, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, Dawn Shipman, fantasy, First Line Fridays, romance, YA / 21 Comments

Happy Friday & welcome to the First Line Friday link-up! It’s time to grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. Today, I’m featuring the first line of Kingdom Lost, the first book in the Lost Stones of Argonia series by Dawn Shipman!

and the first line is…

“She had to get away.”


Winner of the Cascade Award for Published Speculative Fiction!

A Kingdom in Chaos. A Merciless Enemy. A Desperate Quest.

Heat radiated from the gem against her palm, and like a burning ember, the opal stone glowed red.

At seventeen, Princess Lyric rides a horse better and faster than do any of her father’s prized knights. She knows how to dance at the palace balls, how to flirt with the guards, and how to cajole the king into giving her almost anything.

But she’s never learned that non-human, intelligent beings—some of them savage—live in her world. She doesn’t know the gem in her necklace is far more than a family heirloom. And she doesn’t realize the visiting prince who has come to court her wants much more than her hand in marriage.

Overnight, her kingdom is torn from her and her only option is to run. Accompanied by a maidservant and a handsome lieutenant in her father’s palace guard, she must learn to fight, to lead, and to trust those at her side—human or not. If she doesn’t, she won’t live long enough to reclaim her throne.

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21 responses to “First Line Friday (week 325): Kingdom Lost

  1. Gloria A

    April 1715
    Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye
    Struck by sunlight, the sprawling chateau was a blinding, rose-hued white.

  2. Kay Garrett

    Rumbles beneath her feet increased with every pulsating heartbeat that consumed mountain-survival expert Jayla Hoyt’s body.

  3. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line comes from Hearts of Steel by Elizabeth Camden:
    New York City, 1890 Lower East Side of Manhattan
    Maggie Molinaro was five blocks from the safety of her uncle’s garage when she noticed the gang of boys following her.

  4. The cover for your book is pretty!

    Happy Friday!
    I’m currently reading The Billionaire’s Nanny by Elizabeth Maddrey. It’s a good story.
    “‘You’re back!’ Megan darted out from behind the cash register as soon as I stepped through the bookstore door, and pulled me into a tight hug.”
    I hope you have a good weekend. 😀

  5. I can relate to that first line! Lol I’m currently reading The Weight of Air by Kimberly Duffy. The first line is: “You are sure you don’t want me to go with you to the station?” Have a great week!

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