Some first lines gently lull you into a story, gradually opening up this new and wonderous setting that you’re about to spend a few hundred pages in. For this First Line Friday, I’m highlighting a book that, in its first couple of paragraphs, uses a strong voice to lay out the bones of a strange problem taking place in a not-so-average place. These lines dropkick you into the world, and it works perfectly.
The frog wasn’t Tala’s fault this time.
Short-circuiting Winona Burgess’s bespelled car? Accident, but yeah—that was her doing. Nullifying the glamour spells in Sandra Monroe’s phone? Sandra was a horrible bully; Tala remained unrepentant. Negating the cheating enchantment Devon Nash tried to smuggle in during last week’s calculus test? That was deliberate; Mrs. Powell graded on a curve. Magic barely worked in Invierno, this dry, forgotten armpit of a town in Arizona, so nobody ever knew Tala was responsible.
Turning people into frogs, though? That’s a completely different skill set.
Title: Wicked As You Wish
Series: A Hundred Names for Magic #1
Author: Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: March 03, 2020
Classification: Fantasy, Young Adult
Note: First Line Fridays is a feature hosted by Hoarding Books. Be sure to check out their weekly post to find other participants and some great first lines.