Waiting on Wednesday #6: Fire and Blood – George R. R. Martin

Waiting on Wednesday #6: Fire and Blood – George R. R. Martin

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Synopsis

With all the fire and fury fans have come to expect from internationally bestselling author George R. R. Martin, this is the first volume of the definitive two-part history of the Targaryens in Westeros.

Centuries before the events of A Game of Thrones, House Targaryen—the only family of dragonlords to survive the Doom of Valyria—took up residence on Dragonstone. Fire and Blood begins their tale with the legendary Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne, and goes on to recount the generations of Targaryens who fought to hold that iconic seat, all the way up to the civil war that nearly tore their dynasty apart.

What really happened during the Dance of the Dragons? Why did it become so deadly to visit Valyria after the Doom? What is the origin of Daenerys’s three dragon eggs? These are but a few of the questions answered in this essential chronicle, as related by a learned maester of the Citadel and featuring more than eighty all-new black-and-white illustrations by artist Doug Wheatley. Readers have glimpsed small parts of this narrative in such volumes as The World of Ice & Fire, but now, for the first time, the full tapestry of Targaryen history is revealed.

With all the scope and grandeur of Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Fire and Blood is the ultimate game of thrones, giving readers a whole new appreciation for the dynamic, often bloody, and always fascinating history of Westeros.

Thoughts

Untitled design (50)George R. R. Martin is probably my favourite author and I love all things A Song of Ice and Fire. I’m obviously desperate to read The Winds of Winter and I know a lot of fans are annoyed about the release of Fire and Blood but I’m actually really looking forward to reading it. George R. R. Martin seems pretty excited about it and I love the idea of a history textbook about the Targaryen line. I really love my copy of The World of Ice and Fire and I think this will be in a similar vein.

I really adore George’s writing style and any new book from him is pretty much going to be a must read for me. The cover is also so stunning and I’ve always been so fascinated by Aegon the Conqueror so this is definitely right up my alley. I’ve pre-ordered this beautiful book so that I can dive in as soon as it arrives and I’m pretty sure it will be a five star read for me. Fire and Blood is publishing November 20th from Harper Voyager UK.

Waiting on Wednesday #5: The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

Waiting on Wednesday #5: The Priory of the Orange Tree – Samantha Shannon

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Synopsis

A world divided.
A queendom without an heir.
An ancient enemy awakens.

The House of Berethnet has ruled Inys for a thousand years. Still unwed, Queen Sabran the Ninth must conceive a daughter to protect her realm from destruction—but assassins are getting closer to her door.

Ead Duryan is an outsider at court. Though she has risen to the position of lady-in-waiting, she is loyal to a hidden society of mages. Ead keeps a watchful eye on Sabran, secretly protecting her with forbidden magic.

Across the dark sea, Tané has trained all her life to be a dragonrider, but is forced to make a choice that could see her life unravel.

Meanwhile, the divided East and West refuse to parley, and forces of chaos are rising from their sleep.

Thoughts

Untitled design (10)Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday. This week I’m talking about the gorgeous Priory of the Orange Tree by Samantha Shannon. This is a new fantasy series from the author of The Bone Season and I’m dying to read it. They gave away some beautiful ARCS to bloggers and I am very jealous of those getting to dive into early. I’m excited to see how Shannon creates this new world and I’m looking forward to seeing the dragons and read more of Shannon’s beautiful writing. I also adore the cover and am only slightly intimated by the size – nearly 900 pages! The Priory of the Orange Tree is coming February 26th 2019 from Bloomsbury Books.

Waiting on Wednesday #4: King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

Waiting on Wednesday #4: King of Scars – Leigh Bardugo

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Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday. This week I am moaning about how desperate I am to get my hands on a copy of King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo!

Synopsis

Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Thoughts

I am so so excited for this book. Apart from the Darkling, Nikolai is definitely my favourite character from the Grisha trilogy and after recently rereading the first two books and finally reading Ruin and Rising, I am here for this Nikolai Lantsov duology. I got a chapter sampler for this at YALC and it only made me more excited to read it. I’m excited that Zoya is going to be in the story too, because I think she’s a fantastic character. The cover is also gorgeous and I can’t wait to have a beautiful shiny copy to put on the shelf next to the others. King of Scars is released January 29th 2019 from Orion Books.

Waiting on Wednesday #2 – Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

Waiting on Wednesday #2 – Girls of Paper and Fire – Natasha Ngan

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Synopsis

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

Thoughts

 Welcome to another waiting on Wednesday! I am dying to get my hands on a copy of Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan. It already has so much buzz around it and I’ve seen a ton of five star reviews for this book on Goodreads already. It sounds like it’s going to be a heart stopping wild ride of a book and I can’t wait until release day. It also has such a stunning cover that I can’t wait to have on my bookshelves. I have a request in for a Netgalley copy of this so I’m keeping my fingers and toes crossed that I might get approved. If not Girls of Paper and Fire is releasing November 6th from Hodder and Stoughton and I will be running out to the shops to pick up a copy then!

Waiting on Wednesday #1

Waiting on Wednesday #1

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post highlight an upcoming release that you’re excited about. This week my waiting on Wednesday is Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor.

Synopsis

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice—save the woman he loves, or everyone else?—while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

Thoughts

I imagine this has been on everyone’s waiting on Wednesday at some point. I am 100% dying to read this book. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of Strange the Dreamer and I absolutely devoured it. It was definitely one of my favourite books of all time and I’m desperate to know what’s going to happen next. I loved the world that Laini created and I’m so excited to dive back into it. I’m hopeful that perhaps my pre-order might even arrive a little early! Laini Taylor writes so beautifully that I know this book is going to be amazing. Muse of Nightmares is publishing 2nd of October from Hodder and Stoughton.