Ahoy there mateys! “Can’t Wait Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. Each Wednesday ye get to highlight a book that ye be really looking forward to. I don’t normally do memes here on me log, but I received this young adult fantasy eARC excerpt from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I loved it and am now looking forward to readin’ the full version when it be published. The stats:
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: January 19, 2021 (hardback/ebook)
Well mateys. I loved the Graceling realm when I was younger. I reread those books over and over again. Me reread as an adult was surprisingly not as good but I can’t help but be fascinated by the world. I was intrigued when I saw this new offering. I wasn’t sure at first if I would read it but was too curious and so got the excerpt to see what was happening. I basically forgot it was an excerpt, got to the end, and was sad I didn’t have more.
These books are said to be set up to be companion books that can be read in any order. I disagree. They build on each other. A lot of what I read in book four would make a person lost if they didn’t know what came before. I did wish that this new book involved new characters but instead it deals with Bitterblue again. However, I quickly wanted to know more about the new lands and people and plots brewing. I will certainly be I certainly do want to know what happens next. Arrr!
So lastly . . .
Thank you Dial Books!
Goodreads’ website has this to say about the novel:
Four years after Bitterblue left off, a new land has been discovered to the east: Torla; and the closest nation to Monsea is Winterkeep. Winterkeep is a land of miracles, a democratic republic run by people who like each other, where people speak to telepathic sea creatures, adopt telepathic foxes as pets, and fly across the sky in ships attached to balloons.
But when Bitterblue’s envoys to Winterkeep drown under suspicious circumstances, she and Giddon and her half sister, Hava, set off to discover the truth–putting both Bitterblue’s life and Giddon’s heart to the test when Bitterbue is kidnapped. Giddon believes she has drowned, leaving him and Hava to solve the mystery of what’s wrong in Winterkeep.
Lovisa Cavenda is the teenage daughter of a powerful Scholar and Industrialist (the opposing governing parties) with a fire inside her that is always hungry, always just nearly about to make something happen. She is the key to everything, but only if she can figure out what’s going on before anyone else, and only if she’s willing to transcend the person she’s been all her life.
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