First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers 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?
Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page.
Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first.
Finally… reveal the book!
“Not to every young girl is it given to enter the harem of the Sultan of Turkey and return to her homeland a virgin.”
It’s from Ringed Castle, Lymond Chronicles, Dorothy Dunnett
Fifth in the legendary Lymond Chronicles, The Ringed Castle leaps from Mary Tudor’s England to the barbaric Russia of Ivan the Terrible. Francis Crawford of Lymond moves to Muscovy, where he becomes advisor and general to the half-mad tsar. Yet even as Lymond tries to civilize a court that is still frozen in the attitudes of the Middle Ages, forces in England conspire to enlist this infinitely useful man in their own schemes
The blurb from Goodreads focusses on Lymond but The Ringed is as much about Phillipa Somerville, the young girl alluded to the opening lines.
Did you guess the book?