Novel First Sentences

Just as the journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, every story ever written began with just one sentence.

Novel Last Sentences

“In the world of the Dunelands, Amara was sleeping.”

—   Otherbound by Corrine Duyvis

“Akane Murakami died for a boy she did not love.”

—   Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall

“After the towers came down, Mr. and Mrs. Oakenfeld thought it best that their three children go and stay with their uncle in Canada.”


Drift House: The First Voyage by Dale Peck

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“Nyssa could dream other people’s dreams.”


Witch Dreams by Vivian Vande Velde

“The day Alys was accused of being a witch started out like any other.”


Dragon’s Bait by Vivian Vande Velde

“I am huge in my mati’s womb, straining her wide tunic.”


Ever by Gail Carson Levine

“Sometime during your life – in fact, very soon – you may find yourself reading a book, and you may notice that a book’s first sentence can often tell you what sort of story your book contains.”

—   A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Miserable Mill by Lemony Snicket

“If you didn’t know much about the Baudelaire orphans, and you saw them sitting on their suitcases at Damocles Dock, you might think that they were bound for an exciting adventure.”

—   A Series of Unfortunate Events: The Wide Window by Lemony Snicket

“I am no fan of books.”


I Am America (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert

“I was born singing.”

—   Fairest by Gail Carson Levine

“On a March afternoon a knight and a man-at-arms reached the gate of the Marenite city of Berat.”


Song of the Lioness IV: Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce

“Alanna of Trebond, the sole woman knight in the realm of Tortall, splashed happily in the waters of an oasis, enjoying her first bath in three days.”


Song of the Lioness III: The Woman Who Rides Like a Man by Tamora Pierce