First Line Friday (week 337): Quest of the Queen

Posted April 13, 2023 by meezcarrie in Christian, Dawn Shipman, fantasy, First Line Fridays, romance, YA / 19 Comments

Happy Good 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 Quest of the Queen by Dawn Shipman – the second book in her Lost Stones of Argonia young adult fantasy series!

and the first lines are…

Ralt, Prince of Malacar, knew his father was a wise and just king – everyone agreed. Standing before him now, an accused criminal before his judge, Ralt hated the man as he seldom had in all his sixteen years.

Five stones there are—onyx, jade,
Jasper, opal, amethyst.
Five stones as one will Might call forth,
From earth itself—the Power’s Source.

At 17, Lyric is the uncrowned queen of her land, but someone else sits upon her throne.
There is only one way to reclaim it for her own.

The opal stone Lyric carries places her at the center of an age-old prophecy. To save her land and fulfill the prophecy, she’s taken on a quest that has no guarantee of success. In doing so, she’s found friends where she’s least expected to and discovered an unknown, unsuspected strength in herself. But she’s also experienced betrayal, faced horrendous loss, and left behind one who risked everything to save her.

But she can’t quit now– the world as she knows it is at stake.

For readers of Kristin Cashore, Cinda Williams Chima, or Jeff Wheeler

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19 responses to “First Line Friday (week 337): Quest of the Queen

  1. Gloria A

    There’s a point in every long winter when it seems spring will never come.
    Courage in the Storm by Laurel Blount

  2. Diana Hardt

    This comes from Targeted in the Desert by Dana Mentink: Felicia Tennison’s hands shook as she idled the car on the side of the road. What was she doing? Everyone from her best friend, Nora, to her very-ex-boyfriend Sheriff Jude Duke would say she was making a dangerous choice. It wasn’t too late.

  3. Dawn

    As I reached the bottom of the staircase, I took off my right sandal and hurled it at the carved cuckoo that had just slipped out the door of the clock in the entryway of our log cabin. A Brighter Dawn by Leslie Gould.

  4. Definitely pulls us into the story!

    Here’s mine:

    Minette lifted like a rocket from the kitchen table and hovered inches from my face.

    From Karin Kafumann’s new mystery, Counterfeit Corpse. (Minette is a fairy. The character narrating is human. Fun series.)

  5. Carol Wilson

    Libby Sheffield had never stopped to wonder what she would take specific note of if she ever stumbled upon a dead body. ~ The Reckoning of Gossamer Pond, Jaime Jo Wright

  6. Paula Shreckhise

    My first line this week is from Blind Trust by Natalie Walters
    “How much longer?” Lyla Fox gritted her teeth at the voice echoing through the tiny earpiece.

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