A fantasy epic of freedom and empire, gods and monsters, love, loyalty, honour, and betrayal, from the acclaimed author of GODBLIND.
For generations, the forests of Ixachipan have echoed with the clash of weapons, as nation after nation has fallen to the Empire of Songs – and to the unending, magical music that binds its people together. Now, only two free tribes remain.
The Empire is not their only enemy. Monstrous, scaled predators lurk in rivers and streams, with a deadly music of their own.
As battle looms, fighters on both sides must decide how far they will go for their beliefs and for the ones they love – a veteran general seeks peace through war, a warrior and a shaman set out to understand their enemies, and an ambitious noble tries to bend ancient magic to her will.
The Stone Knife is one of those books that I didn’t realise was coming out until fairly recently, and now I’m so excited for it to be released. Anna Stephens is the author of the Godblind trilogy, a grimdark fantasy series that I completely adored and also broke my heart in the best way. It’s probably one of my all time favourite series so when I heard she was releasing something new I was immediately intrigued. I really enjoyed her writing style and I’m so looking forward to seeing what she does with a new series. The synopsis doesn’t give much away but it does sound like an epic story. Stephens writes really incredible battle scenes so I’m looking forward to more of them. I haven’t seen any early reviews for this one yet but I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for some. The Stone Knife is publishing November 26th 2020 from Harper Voyager.
Conspiracy. Betrayal. Rebellion.
Peace is just another kind of battlefield…
Savine dan Glokta, once Adua’s most powerful investor, finds her judgement, fortune and reputation in tatters. But she still has all her ambitions, and no scruple will be permitted to stand in her way.
For heroes like Leo dan Brock and Stour Nightfall, only happy with swords drawn, peace is an ordeal to end as soon as possible. But grievances must be nursed, power seized and allies gathered first, while Rikke must master the power of the Long Eye . . . before it kills her.
The Breakers still lurk in the shadows, plotting to free the common man from his shackles, while noblemen bicker for their own advantage. Orso struggles to find a safe path through the maze of knives that is politics, only for his enemies, and his debts, to multiply.
The old ways are swept aside, and the old leaders with them, but those who would seize the reins of power will find no alliance, no friendship, and no peace, lasts forever.
The Trouble With Peace is the second instalment in Joe Abercrombie’s The Age of Madness series. It is definitely one of my most anticipated releases for 2020 and I’m so excited for the upcoming release. Book one A Little Hatred was a five star read for me and Joe Abercrombie is one of my favourite authors so I’m incredibly intrigued to see where this story goes next. It’s dark and gripping fantasy and I found A Little Hatred difficult to put down. This series is set in the same world as Abercrombie’s The First Law, while an industrial revolution takes place. I totally love the covers for this series too and am so excited to get my hands on a copy. It’s just over five hundred pages so I’m hoping for plenty of action to tide me over before the release of book three. If you haven’t had time to pick up A Little Hatred now is the perfect time to do it, The Trouble With Peace is releasing in a few weeks time on September 15th from Gollancz.
A brand new space opera on an epic scale from the New York Times bestselling author of a beloved YA fantasy series.
It was supposed to be a routine research mission on an uncolonized planet. But when xenobiologist Kira Navárez finds an alien relic beneath the surface of the world, the outcome transforms her forever and will alter the course of human history.
Her journey to discover the truth about the alien civilization will thrust her into the wonders and nightmares of first contact, epic space battles for the fate of humankind, and the farthest reaches of the galaxy.
Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday! This week I wanted to talk about a book I am really excited for, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars by Christopher Paolini. Christopher Paolini is the author of The Inheritance Cycle, a series which I read multiple times growing up. Along with the Garth Nix’s Abhorsen series, Eragon was probably one of the reasons I got into fantasy books as a child and it led me to read things like Lord of the Rings. I read The Fork, The Witch and The Worm by Christopher Paolini at the end of last year and it was so nice being back in the world of Eragon and Saphira. When I heard Paolini was releasing a completely new book that would be a space opera, I was completely sold. On reading the blurb I was so intrigued and it has the most stunning cover. I’ve been lucky enough to receive an ARC of this and it’s absolutely huge, but I cant wait to dive in. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars sounds like it’s going to be a fast paced and exciting read and it’s definitely jumped to the top of my TBR pile. If you’re keen to read this one you don’t have too much longer to wait, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars is publishing September 15th from Tor Books.
The journey through M. R. Carey’s “immersive, impeccably rendered world” (Kirkus) — a world in which nature has turned against us — continues in The Trials of Koli, book two of the Rampart Trilogy.
The earth wants to swallow us whole…
Koli has been cast out from Mythen Rood. Behind him are his family and the safety of the known. Ahead, the embrace of the deadly forests awaits.
But Koli heard a story, once. A story about lost London, where the tech of old times was so plentiful it was just lying on the streets. And if he can safely lead Ursula, Cup and Monono to this sparkling city, maybe he can save the rest of humanity, too.
In a world where a journey of two miles is an odyssey, he’s going to walk two hundred. But the city is not what it once was…and around him, Ingland is facing something it hasn’t seen in three centuries: war.
The Trials of Koli is the second instalment in the Rampart Trilogy and I am so excited for its release. I read and loved The Book of Koli a few months ago and I absolutely loved it. The story ended on a bit of a cliffhanger so I’m so excited to see where the next instalment takes us. Carey has created such a fascinating world in this series and as soon as I finished book one I was desperate for more. The characters are also brilliant in this one and if you want to read my full review of this you can check it out here! M R Carey is an author I definitely want to read more from and I think I might try some of his back catalogue while I’m waiting on the release of The Trials of Koli. Not too much longer to go though, the book is publishing September 15th from Orbit Books.
Last summer, Link Miller drowned on dry land in the woods, miles from the nearest body of water. His death was ruled a weird accident, but Noemi Amato knows the truth: Link was killed. He told her so himself, because he’s been texting her from beyond the grave, warning her to keep away from the forest.
Amberlyn, Link’s sister, can’t shake the feeling that Noemi is hiding something, and Jonas, Noemi’s new housemate, can’t get past the walls that she has constructed around herself. Because Noemi has a dangerous secret even bigger than Link’s ghost…
Link drowned in an impossible lake that only she can find.
Now, if the three don’t work together to unravel the truth about what is happening in the woods, someone else may wind up dead. Set over the course of one heartbreaking, mystifying, and ultimately hopeful year, this remarkable debut heralds the arrival of an incredible new voice in young adult literature.
This book caught my eye in part due to that beautiful cover, but after reading the synopsis I was so intrigued to read more. I’ve really been enjoying reading YA mystery/thrillers recently and this just sounds like exactly the kind of book I’m looking for. I love the sound of the supernatural twist – that Link has been texting Noemi from beyond the grave. I’m hopeful that this is going to be one of those books you pick up and don’t put down again until you’ve binged the entire book. I have seen some mixed reviews for this on Goodreads so I’m interested to see if it will live up to my expectations. We Were Restless Things is publishing October 6th 2020 from SourceBooks Fire.
“Congratulations, new kid. Welcome to the afterlife.”
What if death is only the beginning?
When Harriet Stoker dies after falling from a balcony in a long-abandoned building, she discovers a group of ghosts, each with a special power.
Felix, Kasper, Rima and Leah welcome Harriet into their world, eager to make friends with the new arrival after decades alone. Yet Harriet is more interested in unleashing her own power, even if it means destroying everyone around her. But when all of eternity is at stake, the afterlife can be a dangerous place to make an enemy.
Welcome to another Waiting on Wednesday! This week I thought I would mention The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker, a book that I’m really excited about. If that brilliant title and gorgeous cover aren’t enough to draw you in, the story is a paranormal tale about ghosts and the afterlife. Lauren James is an author I really like, with The Loneliest Girl of the Universe being an all time favourite. I enjoyed The Quiet at the End of the World a bit less, so I’m really intrigued by how this one will go. I do have a Netgalley ARC of this and I’m hoping to get to it really soon. It sounds like it’s going to be a really eerie and griping read and the synopsis for me is a bit reminiscent of V E Schwab’s City of Ghosts series, which I just love. I can’t wait to dive into this one and pick up a physical copy. The Reckless Afterlife of Harriet Stoker is publishing September 3rd from Walker Books.
Book Three in stunning Scandinavia-inspired fantasy trilogy The Ashen Torment.
The sky is filled with dragons: the people are ready to burn the regime to the ground.
The seas churn with monsters and the tide is changing: revolution is coming.
Steiner has at last realised the part he will play in this fight.
Kimi knows now what it is to lead, but must learn to overcome differences if she is to unite and defeat the dragon factions.
Silverdust inches towards a final revenge.
Across the ocean, Kjellrun feels the call of war. But she must reconcile her new responsibilities to the people of the temple with the urge to find her family.
Leaders, all – and all are desperate. For the Emperor will not give up easily. He will rule – and he cares not if his subjects are alive… or if they are dead.
Worlds and outlooks collide, wars begin and lives will end in this spectacular finale by a new master in the fantasy genre. The stakes have never been higher in the roaring conclusion to the beloved Ashen Torment series.
Welcome to another waiting on Wednesday! This week I’m talking about Nightfall, the third and final book in the Ashen Torment series. I actually hadn’t heard much about the release of this at all – it’s still showing as untitled and without a cover on Goodreads. I then came across a mention on Twitter with that stunning cover and it made me so excited to pick this one up. Den Patrick’s Erebus Sequence is one of my favourite fantasy series of all time and Witchsign was one of my favourite books of 2018. (I haven’t actually read book two Stormtide yet, but it is very high on my priority list). I completely fell in love with the characters in this series and I’m so excited to see what the rest of the series brings. The Ashen Torment books are set in such a fascinating world and it’s one of those stories you absolutely cannot put down. Nightfall is publishing August 20th from HarperVoyager.
In an empire controlled by bone shard magic, Lin, the former heir to the emperor will fight to reclaim her magic and her place on the throne. The Bone Shard Daughter marks the debut of a major new voice in epic fantasy.
The emperor’s reign has lasted for decades, his mastery of bone shard magic powering the animal-like constructs that maintain law and order. But now his rule is failing, and revolution is sweeping across the Empire’s many islands.
Lin is the emperor’s daughter and spends her days trapped in a palace of locked doors and dark secrets. When her father refuses to recognise her as heir to the throne, she vows to prove her worth by mastering the forbidden art of bone shard magic.
Yet such power carries a great cost, and when the revolution reaches the gates of the palace, Lin must decide how far she is willing to go to claim her birthright – and save her people.
I saw a few people talking about this online and thought I would have a look at the synopsis (mainly because I was intrigued by that absolutely stunning cover!). After reading what the book was about it immediately became an anticipated release. An heir attempting to reclaim her throne? The forbidden art of bone shard magic? WHERE DO I SIGN UP? This sounds like the kind of thing I would absolutely love and I’m so excited to read it. I’ve seen a few people have read it already and the reviews have all been 4/5 stars so that gives me really high expectations for this book. The Bone Shard Daughter is the first in The Drowning Empire series and I just have the feeling that this is going to be one of my all time favourites. I’m participating in the blog tour for this one in September but I know as soon as my copy arrives I’m going to be diving straight into this one. The Bone Shard Daughter is publishing September 10th from Orbit Books.
Two identical girls, one a princess, the other a rebel. Who will rule the empire?
After being swept up into the brutal Vathek court, Amani, the ordinary girl forced to serve as the half-Vathek princess’s body double, has been forced into complete isolation. The cruel but complex princess, Maram, with whom Amani had cultivated a tenuous friendship, discovered Amani’s connection to the rebellion and has forced her into silence, and if Amani crosses Maram once more, her identity – and her betrayal – will be revealed to everyone in the court.
Amani is desperate to continue helping the rebellion, to fight for her people’s freedom. But she must make a devastating decision: will she step aside, and watch her people suffer, or continue to aid them, and put herself and her family in mortal danger? And whatever she chooses, can she bear to remain separated, forever, from Maram’s fiancé, Idris?
Mirage was one of those books that I thought sounded quite interesting and order a copy of and then sits on your TBR for absolutely ages. Eventually I picked it up and I absolutely devoured it. I couldn’t put it down and it was one of my favourite reads of 2019. It was fast paced, I loved the characters and the plot was so engrossing. I love the doppelganger trope and I think it’s done so well in this book. I’ve been eagerly awaiting this second instalment because I’m desperate to know what’s going to happen next. I have really high expectations for this one, so fingers crossed it lives up to it. The release date has been pushed back to August which I’m a bit sad about, but thankfully there isn’t too long to go. There is also a change in the cover design and while I like the new cover I do prefer the simple design of the first book and I’m going to be so sad they don’t match. If you haven’t picked up Mirage yet you can read my full review here, and I definitely recommend it. While I’m not so patiently counting down the days till release, there’s only a few more months to go – Court of Lions is publishing August 6th from Hodder Books.
A Life No One Will Remember. A Story You Will Never Forget.
France, 1714: in a moment of desperation, a young woman makes a Faustian bargain to live forever and is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.
Thus begins the extraordinary life of Addie LaRue, and a dazzling adventure that will play out across centuries and continents, across history and art, as a young woman learns how far she will go to leave her mark on the world.
But everything changes when, after nearly 300 years, Addie stumbles across a young man in a hidden bookstore and he remembers her name.
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is one of my most anticipated releases for 2020. Although I’m still working my way though V. E. Schwab’s back catalogue, I’ve read and loved her City of Ghost series, The Near Witch and Vicious. Each one was a four or five star read and I’m so eager to read more of her books. I went to an event to celebrate The Near Witch last year and she talked about how long she had worked on Addie LaRue and even with her just mentioning it briefly I was hooked. It sounds like an incredible read and I really adore Schwab’s writing. There’s been quite a lot of buzz about this book already, and I’ve seen a number of five star reviews from bloggers too. I’m so excited to get my hands on a copy but there are a few more months to wait, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is publishing October 6th 2020 from Titan Books.