Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Firsts: The Boleyn Wife

The first line can make or break a reader's interest.
How well did the author pull you into the story
with their first sentence?

The Boleyn WifeOverhead the sleek black ravens circle and caw, while below my window the workmen chat merrily, their voices hale and hearty as they call to one another above the din of hammer and saw. They brush the sawdust from their leather jerkins and woolen hose and go blithely about the business of building the scaffold upon which I shall soon die.

As far as first lines go, I think these are pretty good. They paint a picture, the movie is starting to roll in my head, and the narrator has dropped a bomb I can't ignore. Off to a promising start, I'd say.

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