Welcome to this week’s Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we showcase upcoming releases we are looking forward to.
We took a break last week to bring you answers to the questions you asked about Lyn and me. But we are back this week with Waiting on Wednesday and moving into the Winter 2014 catalogs and some major books you might be looking forward to. Maybe you will see them for the first time here on this blog!
This week I am featuring a fantasy novel that sounds absolutely terrifying so you know I am there. I am dying to read it. But it’s by a publisher that is notoriously hard to get advanced copies from so I will most likely have to wait with the masses to read it. But that’s okay! I want it anyway!
Title: The Nethergrim
Author: Matthew Jobin
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Description from Goodreads: Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes’ honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!
Edmund’s brother is one of the missing, and Edmund knows he must do something to save his life. But what? Though a student of magic, he struggles to cast even the simplest spell. Still, he and his friends swallow their fear and set out to battle an ancient evil whose powers none of them can imagine. They will need to come together–and work apart–in ways that will test every ounce of resolve.
In a story reminiscent of the Ranger’s Apprentice epic and the Chronicles of Narnia, Matthew Jobin weaves reality, magic, and adventure into the next great fantasy phenomenon.
I love steampunk, and I would love to build up my own collection of steampunk-inspired stories. This week, am featuring a wonderful first story in a new series by a well known author. I love the idea of a North America controlled by Britain in an alternate universe of our own history.
Title: The Inventor’s Secret
Author: Andrea Cremer
Release Date: April 22nd, 2014
Description from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.
The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.