FIRST LINES FRIDAY 56: It’s Amazing What People Throw Away

First Line Fridays” is by Hoarding Books and is all about the first line of a current/upcoming read. Friday 56 is a meme hosted by Freda’s Voice, where you turn to page 56 (or 56%) in what you’re reading a find a snippet that jumps out at you. The idea to combine the two came from Kat @ Here There Be Dragons

I found this meme on The Writerly Way. And I’m doing this on a Thursday just to be difficult.


It was a terrible day even before Crispin blew up the study.

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Bottle on fire, he wrote. Now what?

There was quite a long pause. Ned stayed there, crouched on the floor, waiting, for lack of anything else to do, looking between the paper and the fire.

At last his hand moved.

The pen wrote, He’s coming

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It’s amazing what people throw away…

Crispin Tredarloe never meant to become a warlock. Freed from his treacherous master, he’s learning how to use his magical powers the right way. But it’s brutally hard work. Not everyone believes he’s a reformed character, and the strain is putting unbearable pressure on his secret relationship with waste-man Ned Hall.

Ned’s sick of magic. Sick of the trouble it brings, sick of its dangerous grip on Crispin and the miserable look it puts in his eyes, and sick of being afraid that a gentleman magician won’t want a street paper-seller forever—or even for much longer.

But something is stirring among London’s forgotten discards. An ancient evil is waking up and seeking its freedom. And when wild magic hits the rag-and-bottle shop where Ned lives, a panicking Crispin falls back onto bad habits. The embattled lovers must find a way to work together—or London could go up in flames.

This story is set in the world of the Charm of Magpies series.

Warning: Contains a warlock who needs to go straight (but isn’t), a waste-man running out of patience, blood magic, bad-tempered justiciars, and a pen with a mind of its own.

This is K.J. Charles’ fluffiest book. This alone makes Rag and Bone so good. Another thing I really liked about this as well is that there is genuine effort at diversity. All too often, historicals are mostly about dukes and lords. I totally loved the fact that Charles loves to write hist-rom stories about the rarely talked about POCs of Victorian London and those on the bottom rungs of society. Case in point, one of the MCs here is a black rag and bone picker. I highly recommend this and all A Charm of Magpie books. All her books really.

review of Rag and Bone here.
A Charm of Magpies here
K.J. Charles books here.

What first lines grabbed your attention this week?

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