Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine in which we have the opportunity to let others know about books that we are eagerly waiting for.
A Shadow Bright and Burning
by Jessica Cluess
Series: Kingdom on Fire #1
Published on September 20th 2016
by Random House Books for Young Readers
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Also by this author: A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1), A Poison Dark and Drowning (Kingdom on Fire, #2), House of Dragons (House of Dragons, #1)
Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she's shocked when instead of being executed, she's invited to train as one of Her Majesty's royal sorcerers.
Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.
But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one.
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city--and the one she loves?
Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess's spellbinding fantasy introduces Henrietta Howel, a powerful, unforgettable heroine, and an entertaining world filled with magic, monsters, and mayhem.
Why I’m waiting: I will not lie, part of my motivation is that cover. BECAUSE IT’S JUST SO PRETTY DAMMIT. But also, the MC has firey powers and you know I like firey powers a whole lot. So YES PLEASE to this book. CAN I HAS IT NOW? *puppyface just in case Random House sees this & it’ll persuade them to approve my request on Netgalley*
Bound by Blood and Sand
by Becky Allen
Series: Untitled Series #1
Published on October 11th 2016
by Delacorte Press
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Also by this author: Bound by Blood and Sand
Jae is a slave in a dying desert world.
Once verdant with water from a magical Well, the land is drying up, and no one remembers the magic needed to keep the water flowing. If a new source isn’t found soon, the people will perish. Jae doesn’t mind, in a way. By law, she is bound by a curse to obey every order given her, no matter how vile. At least in death, she’ll be free.
Lord Elan’s family rules the fading realm. He comes to the estate where Jae works, searching for the hidden magic needed to replenish the Well, but it’s Jae who finds it, and she who must wield it. Desperate to save his realm, Elan begs her to use it to locate the Well.
But why would a slave—abused, beaten, and treated as less than human—want to save the system that shackles her? Jae would rather see the world burn.
Though revenge clouds her vision, she agrees to help if the kingdom’s slaves are freed. Then Elan’s father arrives. The ruler’s cruelty knows no limits. He is determined that the class system will not change—and that Jae will remain a slave forever.
Why I’m waiting: I like your thought process Bee… just look at that cover! It’s so pretty. A slave with the power to save the same kingdom who enslaves it… quite the dilemma, huh?