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First Line Friday: Mark of the Lion

Happy Friday, reader friends! First of all, I am so thrilled to have TWO of my fellow Seekers on the blog this week! Make sure y’all go say hi to Erica Vetsch and Jan Drexler (and enter their giveaways, too!)

Have y’all heard the March saying, “in like a lion, out like a lamb” or vice versa? Is this a thing in other countries or just another weird Americanism? Let me know! Anyway, today’s special edition centers on that phrase!

I don’t know about everyone else but we’ve sure had one rollercoaster of a ride weather-wise and I’m pretty sure the lion has been dominant this year and I’m ready to kick March out the door and get to those warmer days already!

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers

Mark of the Lion trilogy by Francine Rivers goodreads | amazon | bookdepository | christianbook


The city was silently bloating in the hot sun, rotting like the thousands of bodies that lay where they had fallen in street battles.


Marcus Lucianus Valerian walked through a maze of streets in the Eternal City, hoping to find a sanctuary of peace within himself.


Physically exhausted, pride bruised, Atretes had had enough. His patience was at an end.


This series is an epic saga and not for the faint of heart! I’ve shared the first line of each book here and I highly recommend them!

First Line Fridays on Faithfully Bookish hosted by Hoarding Books

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28 thoughts on “First Line Friday: Mark of the Lion”

  1. Well, if you’re going to follow the lion theme (which I didn’t), The Mark of the Lion series is perfect. An Echo in the Darkness remains one of my all-time favourite books.

    I’m featuring Hurricane Season by Lauren Denton on my blog today, but I’m going to share the first line from the book I’m currently reading. Here’s the first line from A Chance at Forever by Melissa Jagears:

    “I wish you luck, George.”
    “It’s Aaron now. Don’t forget.” Aaron Firebrook tried not to let Mr. Gray’s slip of the tongue make him even more nervous.


  2. Happy Friday!

    My FLF comes from a book I’m reading now, Only Yours by Susan Mallery….

    MONTANA HENDRIX’S perfectly good morning was thwarted by a hot dog, a four-year-old boy and a Lab and golden retriever mix named Fluffy.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!????


  3. The tantalizing odor of pumpkin spice scented the air as Danielle Sloan watched her neighbor Ivy Drake stuff leftover Halloween cookies into her mouth.
    By Denise Swanson


  4. Hi, Beth Erin! I don’t have a first line to share, but I have to comment on the Mark of the Lion series. Several years ago when I was trying to get into Christian fiction, a friend loaned me the series and said I’d love it. I was skeptical because I’d never read anything like it. I’d only read the Left Behind series at that point. But oh…my…goodness! I will never forget Hadassah in Voice in the Wind. Her character has a permanent place in my heart. The series was excellent, but the first book was by far my favorite. Love, love, love Mark of the Lion! Thanks for letting me feel (and share) a little book love today. 🙂 I think this just made my day. 🙂


    1. Yay! Everyone raves about Redeeming Love but I’ve never been able to get into it. This series simply blew me away and it’s definitely one that sticks to your ribs so to speak.


      1. Oh, Beth Erin! You don’t know the weight of guilt you just lifted from me! LOL I couldn’t get into Redeeming Love either, and every time I see someone post that it’s their favorite (or something similar), I feel like I have to hide my deep dark secret! I wondered what was wrong with me that I couldn’t connect with it like others did. It’s good to know I’m not alone, that there’s something wrong with you, too! LOL


  5. Hey Beth! I need to read this series! Thanks for sharing.

    Opening the door was the hardest part. Not that she expected to find it locked, because no one out here in this part of Texas ever locked anything. The Countess and the Cowboy by Kathleen Y’Barbo from the Seven Brides for Seven Texas Rangers Romance Collection

    Happy Friday and Happy Reading! 🙂


  6. The book I’m reading is The crimson cord by Jill Eileen Smith is it very good. The first line is: Rahab draped the pale blue scarf over her head and shivered in the predawn chill.


  7. The book I’m featuring on my blog this week is Love on the Mend by Karen Witemeyer. I love all the books I’ve read of hers. Here, I will share the first line of chapter 17 from the book I’m currently reading, The Social Tutor by Sally Britton. “Thomas waited for her arrival, this time on Christine’s side of the brook, his breath turning to fog in the cold air.” Wishing you a wonderful weekend.


  8. I’m sharing the first two lines from A Most Noble Heir by Susan Anne Mason on my blog today. Here, I will post the first line from the novel I’m currently reading, Beneath the Surface by Lynn H. Blackburn.

    “Homicide investigator Ryan Parker flashed a thumbs-up to his dive buddy and fellow homicide investigator, Gabe Chavez.”

    Let me tell you, that thumbs-up quickly becomes a thumbs-down!!! This book is really gripping. I can’t figure it out!!! ???? Happy Friday.


  9. Happy Friday!
    My FLF is from a book I just finished reading last night. It’s With You Always by Jody Hedlund.
    “Elise Neumann stared out the cracked third-story window to the muddy street below, watching the omnibuses and carriages slog their way through the muck.”
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend! ????


  10. Happy Friday! My first line is from Bridgette by Patricia PacJac Carroll:

    “Bridgette, get up. The sun and the rest of us have been working for three hours.”


  11. Happy Friday!
    My first lines are “Poppy!” Jamie came rushing out of the office and into the ktichen. The grin on his face made my heart flutter, just like it always did, which meant I’d been a mess of flutters since the day I met him five years ago.
    It’s from The Birthday List by Devney Perry
    Have a great weekend!


  12. Yet another series that’s on my shelf but yet to be read!!!! My TBR is crazy.

    I shared the first line of Finding Evergreen by Jennifer Rodewald today, my current read. Here are a couple lines from chapter 3 of the same book: “Heat swirled through the kitchen, almost to the degree that it continued burning in Ethan’s chest. Sleep hadn’t overtaken his storming emotions the night before.”


  13. I went with lambs for the theme. I’m sharing from two second in series books whose heroines love to tend their sheep. On my blog is Mary Connealy’s Now and Forever, and here are the first lines from Beloved Hope by Tracie Peterson:

    Oregon City, Oregon
    May 1850

    “You can’t be serious.” Hope Flanagan looked at the man who sat opposite her at her sister and brother-in-law’s kitchen table. “You expect me to testify at the Cayuse trial.”

    Happy Friday!


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