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The Luminaries by Susan Dennard

Publishing : 26th January 2023

Publisher : Dapne Press

Format : Kindle, Hardback, Paperback

Genre : Fantasy

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Hey bloggers,

For this week's first lines Friday I have taken the opening prologue called THE NIGHTMARE for you to read...


๐ŸƒThe forest comes for the boy on his thirteenth birthday.

He is not the first to catch the forests notice. He will, however, be one of the last.

Others have received bits of woven twine from a banshee or a shiny snail from a melusine, but he finds a wolf's jawbone on his pillow when he opens his eyes at dawn.

He was having the nightmare again. The one where his father has a face and his mother is still alive. It always begins a happy dream, until the shadows arrive. First they claim his father. Then they claim him too while his mother weeps and screams and begs the forest to change its mind.

But the forest never changes its mind. Not in the dream and not in real life either. Which is why, when the forest calls for the boy, he enters. And when the forest is done with him, he leaves. No longer a boy. No longer entirely human, but rather a ticking time bomb waiting for the forest to one day spark his fuse. ๐Ÿƒ


Check out the synopsis below...

Hemlock Falls isnโ€™t like other towns. You wonโ€™t find it on a map, your phone wonโ€™t work here, and the forest outside town might just kill youโ€ฆ

Winnie Wednesday wants nothing more than to join the Luminaries, the ancient order that protects Winnie's townโ€•and the rest of humanityโ€•from the monsters and nightmares that rise in the forest of Hemlock Falls every night. Ever since her father was exposed as a witch and a traitor, Winnie and her family have been shunned. But on her sixteenth birthday, she can take the deadly Luminary hunter trials and prove herself true and loyalโ€•and restore her family's good name.

Or die trying.

But in order to survive, Winnie must enlist the help of the one person who can help her train: Jay Friday, resident bad boy and Winnieโ€™s ex-best friend. While Jay might be the most promising new hunter in Hemlock Falls, he also seems to know more about the nightmares of the forest than he should. Together, he and Winnie will discover a danger lurking in the forest no one in Hemlock Falls is prepared for.

Not all monsters can be slain, and not all nightmares are confined to the dark.


Happy Friday friends!

What do you think of my first lines Friday pick this week?

The Luminaries by Susan Dennard sound like such a captivating read, I can not wait to get started!

๐|๐“๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ ๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐จ๐ฉ๐ž ๐ญ๐จ ๐๐จ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค๐ž๐ง๐?

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