First Lines Friday #4!

Here is how it works:

– Pick a book and open to the first page.

– Copy the first few lines without revealing which book it is.

– Reveal the book!

So… do these first lines entice you?

By day, I’m an honours student at Jefferson Academy. At night, I turn into the Nubian Goddess most people know as Emerald.

The second bell rings, I’m out of my desk seat and bolting through the classroom door. There’s a battle tonight between PrestoBox, a master wizard from the Tundra, and Zama, a Voodoo queen from the same region. I absolutely can’t miss it. Once safely in the hallway, I pull out my phone and open WhatsApp to find a new text from the game mod, Cicada.

Cicada: You watching the tundra semifinals tonight?

Scroll down to reveal the book!

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SLAY: the Black Panther-inspired novel about virtual reality, safe spaces  and celebrating your identity: Amazon.co.uk: Morris, Brittney: Books
Slay by Brittney Morris

That first section is definitely not one that would entice me, which is surprising and kinda sad! I already own this book (I was gifted it by the wonderful Kari) and I’m excited to read a Black gaming book. I really hope that I enjoy the writing more as the book carries on. Fingers Crossed!

8 thoughts on “First Lines Friday #4!”

    1. I definitely need to read more African inspired fantasy (and Asian, and South American, and just everywhere not white lets be honest hahaha). I really hope I love it!

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      1. Ooooh, if you’re looking for Asian Fantasy, I really loved Grace of Kings! It references the Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but you don’t need to know that to enjoy the story!

        Miyuki Miyabe also writes amazing Japanese fantasy – Brave Story is YA and fantastic, and if you’re looking for something a bit dark, The Gate of Sorrows combines fantasy and mystery!

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