First Lines Fridays – 16th July 2021

Hey everyone!

It is time for this week’s First Lines Fridays post!


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!

The first lines of today’s chosen book are:

Now that it’s over, the whole thing has the quality of a dream when you wake up in the morning, where the more you try to remember it, the more hopeless it gets, like trying to hold onto water in your cupped, leaking hands.


And the book is…

The Other Side of the Whale Road by K.A. Hayton

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Book Blurb:

‘The Vikings are better armed than we are. They have long, heavy axes that can take a man’s head from his shoulder.’

‘I know this because I see it happen.’

When his mum burns down their house on the Whitehorse estate, sixteen-year-old Joss is sent to live in a sleepy Suffolk village.

The place is steeped in history, as Joss learns when a bike accident pitches him back more than 1,000 years to an Anglo-Saxon village. That history also tells him his new friends are in mortal peril from bloodthirsty invaders. Can he warn their ruler, King Edmund, in time?

And will he ever get home?

You know history is real when it’s razor-sharp and aimed at your neck.


I am currently reading The Other End of the Whale Road, in preparation for the upcoming The_WriteReads blog tour. It’s strange, because it’s not only set in my home county, but the house that Joss had to leave in the beginning of the book because his mother burnt it down is in my home town! I’m not too far in to the story yet, but I’m excited to continue with it.


Have you read this book?
If yes, what did you think of it?

Let me know in the comments!


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