First Line Friday: BloodLeaf by Crystal Smith!!!

So I am really enjoying my current read! And I want to share the first line with you!!



First Line:

” The gallows had been erected in the shadows of the clock tower, partly so that spectators could witness the executions without the nuisance of the sun in their eyes and partly so that the Tribunal could keep its killings on precise schedule. Order in all things that was the Tribunal moto.”


Princess Aurelia is a prisoner to her crown and the heir that nobody wants. Surrounded by spirits and banned from using her blood-magic, Aurelia flees her country after a devastating assassination attempt. To escape her fate, Aurelia disguises herself as a commoner in a new land and discovers a happiness her crown has never allowed. As she forges new bonds and perfects her magic, she begins to fall for a man who is forbidden to rule beside her. But the ghosts that haunt Aurelia refuse to abandon her, and she finds herself succumbing to their call as they expose a nefarious plot that only she can defeat. Will she be forced to choose between the weight of the crown and the freedom of her new life?

Author Information:

Crystal Smith is a writer, photographer, and artist who developed an early love of storytelling in a family of voracious readers. She resides in Utah with her high school sweetheart husband and two lively sons. When she isn’t writing or creating, she can be found re-watching Jane Eyre and Howl’s Moving Castle or reading ghost stories with all the lights on.

Book Information:

  • Series: The Bloodleaf Trilogy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (March 12, 2019)

Let me know if this book is on your radar to read!
later book lovers!!!


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