Waiting on Wednesday 05/06/15

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick:

The Price of Valor by Django Wexler: July 7, 2015 (Roc)

One of the most anticipated sequels this summer for me is the third book of The Shadow Campaigns (and from what the author’s said, the series will have five books). I became a fan of Django Wexler after picking up the first book The Thousand Names and also realized how much I liked flintlock/military fantasy!

Price of Valor“In the wake of the King’s death, war has come to Vordan.

The Deputies-General has precarious control of the city, but it is led by a zealot who sees traitors in every shadow. Executions have become a grim public spectacle. The new queen, Raesinia Orboan, finds herself nearly powerless as the government tightens its grip and assassins threaten her life. But she did not help free the country from one sort of tyranny to see it fall into another. Placing her trust with the steadfast soldier Marcus D’Ivoire, she sets out to turn the tide of history.

As the hidden hand of the Sworn Church brings all the powers of the continent to war against Vordan, the enigmatic and brilliant general Janus bet Vhalnich offers a path to victory. Winter Ihernglass, newly promoted to command a regiment, has reunited with her lover and her friends, only to face the prospect of leading them into bloody battle.

And the enemy is not just armed with muskets and cannon. Dark priests of an ancient order, wielding forbidden magic, have infiltrated Vordan to stop Janus by whatever means necessary…”

Tiara’s Pick

The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi: May 26, 2015 (Knopf)

Will I ever get tired of post-apocalyptic fiction? Not as long as authors keep finding ways to make it imaginative. This one sounds like it’ll be a little bit noir, a little bit western, a little bit cautionary, and a whole lot dangerous.

The Water Knife“The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel “cuts” water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust.

When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. With a wallet full of identities and a tricked-out Tesla, Angel arrows south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, Angel encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist, who knows far more about Phoenix’s water secrets than she admits, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north to those places where water still falls from the sky.

As bodies begin to pile up and bullets start flying, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger, more corrupt, and dirtier than any of them could have imagined. With Phoenix teetering on the verge of collapse and time running out for Angel, Lucy, and Maria, their only hope for survival rests in one another’s hands.  But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.”


11 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 05/06/15”

  1. I’m curious about both, but not leaping at the chance to read them. So far flintlock fantasy and I haven’t clicked, but I do have The Thousand Names cued up for a read. As for post-apocalyptic fiction, it’s gotten a little tired for me, so I’m not sure it’s the best choice for my first encounter with Bacigalupi.


    • I didn’t think I would be one for flintlock fantasy either, but it was Wexler’s book that taught me it all depends on how it’s written. I’m not sure how I’d do with other flintlock fantasy titles, but so far what I’ve read has worked for me, and this series is one of them!


  2. Wow, two really great picks! I’ve been meaning to read THE WATER KNIFE (I think it’s being re-released soon), and I’ve also been meaning to start Wexler’s series. (I have a copy of The Thousand Names). Oh series, damn you! So hard to keep up!


    • Yeah, I think the re-release by Night Shade books just happened or is about to happen. Even though it’s Tiara’s pick, I gotta admit I’m curious about The Water Knife too 🙂


  3. I have the first book in the Shadow Campaigns on my tbr shelf already but I haven’t gotten my hands on it yet – I really enjoy military fantasy too so I need to find time for this series soon^^ The Water Knife is a new one for me though but I like a good post-apocalyptic read as much as the next person so I’ll have to check it out 😀


  4. I’m not sure if I fancy the Water Knife – will wait to see what you both make of that one.
    The Wexler book I have and need to make room for. I really enjoyed the first.
    Lynn 😀


    • Yep, time to catch up with book two 😉

      And I’m curious about Tiara’s pick The Water Knife too, hopefully I can fit it in some time this summer, I’ve always wanted to read Paolo Bacigalupi.


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