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!
Never greet a tiger at midnight, for they are the manifestations of your past misdeeds. – From the Tales of Naran and Naria
And the book is…
“The Tiger At Midnight” by Swati Teerdhala!
(This one was super easy because the title itself was in the first line. Haha)
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
Esha is a legend, but no one knows. It’s only in the shadows that she moonlights as the Viper, the rebels’ highly skilled assassin. She’s devoted her life to avenging what she lost in the royal coup, and now she’s been tasked with her most important mission to date: taking down the ruthless General Hotha.
Kunal has been a soldier since childhood, training morning and night to uphold the power of King Vardaan. His uncle, the general, has ensured that Kunal never strays from the path—even as a part of Kunal longs to join the outside world, which has been growing only more volatile.
Then Esha’s and Kunal’s paths cross—and an unimaginable chain of events unfolds. Both the Viper and the soldier think they’re calling the shots, but they’re not the only players moving the pieces. As the bonds that hold their land in order break down and the sins of the past meet the promise of a new future, both rebel and soldier must make unforgivable choices.
Inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology.
Would you pick up THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT solely based on its first opening lines?
Honestly, I wanted to read this book as soon as I saw the cover and read the synopsis. The cover was giving me so much Assassin’s Creed vibes, but what really drew me to this book was how Swati mentioned that this is her “Zutara” story (the OTP name for Zuko and Katara from Avatar: The Last Airbender) because if you didn’t know, I was OBSESSED with that ship when the show was still on air. It’s still one of my all-time favorite non-canon ships (but I still firmly believe it was a missed opportunity not making it canon) and if you tell me a book is anything remotely similar to Zutara, I am definitely picking it up.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 🙂 Thanks for visiting! Until next time.