29 March 2019

River Secrets | The Friday 56 & First Line Friday

The Friday 56 is hosted weekly by Freda's Voice.
First Line Friday is hosted weekly by Hoarding Books.

Happy Friday!

When I finish a couple books later today, this third fairytale-esque story from Shannon Hale is what I'm planning to start next. I've enjoyed the series so far, so I'm thinking it'll be good.

First Line: Ingridan was an ancient city.

From Page 56: The punching of his heartbeat made him feel knocked about, exposed. Not alone.


In this beloved third book in the Books of Bayern, from New York Times bestselling author Shannon Hale, Razo must become the unlikely hero his country needs.

Razo has never considered himself anything but ordinary--and certainly not a great soldier. So he's sure it's out of pity that his captain asks him to join an elite mission escorting the ambassador into Tira, Bayern's greatest enemy.

But when the Bayern arrive in the strange southern country, it's Razo who discovers the first dead body. He is also the only Bayern able to befriend the right people--potential allies who can provide information about the ever-increasing murders--like the beautiful Lady Dasha. If Razo can embrace his talents, he might be the only one who can get the Bayern soldiers home alive.

The third book in master storyteller Shannon Hale's beloved Books of Bayern series is equal parts fantastical and romantic, with an unforgettable protagonist to root for at its center.

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  1. I'm excited to see what you think. I read Goose Girl YEARS ago, but never moved on to the other books.

  2. Great excerpt. Thanks for sharing, and here's mine: “ALL THE WRONG PLACES”

  3. Happy Friday!

    Today I am sharing the first two lines from The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason on my blog: https://christianfictiongirl.blog/2019/03/29/first-line-friday-81/. Currently, I am reading A Silken Thread by Kim Vogel Sawyer, so I will share a line from that book here.

    "Willie carried two steaming bowls to the scarred table in the corner of the small kitchen."

    Hope your weekend is a good one. Happy reading! 🙂💚📚

  4. Have you read the other books in the Books of Bayern series? I loved GOOSE GIRL. I'd really appreciate if you would visit my blog for My Friday quotes Thanks.

  5. I've always meant to pick up this series. It sounds fab! 😊
    Friday Spotlight

  6. Happy Friday! My first line is from “Remember Me” by Marion Ueckermann:

    “Seated cross-legged on the floor of her bedroom with her two best friends, Clarise Aylward leaned forward and lit the candles on the birthday cake her mom had made for them.

  7. This sounds great. I've read some of Hale's books and have more yet to discover. This week I am spotlighting Grave Destiny by Kalayna Price. Happy reading!

  8. Interesting lines!

    My First Line is, "The wail of a ship’s whistle jerked Anna Wilson from sleep despite the cotton wadding she’d shoved in her ears before bed."

    This is from The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides Collection by multiple authors.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings~ 💖

  9. Both snippets intrigue me!! happy weekend!

  10. Happy Friday! Today I'm sharing the first line from Grit & Grace: Devotions for Warrior Moms by Suzanne Hadley Gosslin and Gretta Kennedy:

    "I was having one of those mornings."


  11. Happy Friday! I'm featuring Beauty in Battle by Robin Patchen today. Here is the first line from Chapter Nine:

    "This is it?" Jack peered at the rusty sign hung from the front of a rundown brick building.