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First Lines Friday – 28 October 2022

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First Lines Friday is a weekly feature 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?

Here’s how it works!

Rain drums its fingers on the garden shed.

Gallant by V.E. Schwab

Gallant is my current read. It’s a little bit spooky and the perfect book to read around Halloween. I’m not very far into it yet, but I’m intrigued by the premise and I’m looking forward to seeing what eerie and creepy things happen next.

Title: Gallant

Author: V.E. Schwab

Genre: Fantasy

Age Category: Young Adult

Publication Date: March 1, 2022

Number of Pages: 334

Buy the Book: Amazon, Indigo, Book Depository

Goodreads Synopsis: Everything casts a shadow. Even the world we live in. And as with every shadow, there is a place where it must touch. A seam, where the shadow meets its source.

Olivia Prior has grown up in Merilance School for girls, and all she has of her past is her mother’s journal—which seems to unravel into madness. Then, a letter invites Olivia to come home—to Gallant. Yet when Olivia arrives, no one is expecting her. But Olivia is not about to leave the first place that feels like home, it doesn’t matter if her cousin Matthew is hostile or if she sees half-formed ghouls haunting the hallways.

Olivia knows that Gallant is hiding secrets, and she is determined to uncover them. When she crosses a ruined wall at just the right moment, Olivia finds herself in a place that is Gallant—but not. The manor is crumbling, the ghouls are solid, and a mysterious figure rules over all. Now Olivia sees what has unraveled generations of her family, and where her father may have come from.

Olivia has always wanted to belong somewhere, but will she take her place as a Prior, protecting our world against the Master of the House? Or will she take her place beside him?



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