Waiting on Wednesday 04/25/18

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme that first originated at Breaking the Spine but has since linked up with “Can’t Wait Wednesday” at Wishful Endings now that the original creator is unable to host it anymore. Either way, this fun feature is a chance to showcase the upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!

Mogsy’s Pick

Dragonshadow: A Heartstone Novel by Elle Katharine White (November 20, 2018 by Harper Voyager)

Heartstone came out last year to pretty high praise, but I think many readers (including myself) were keen to know more about the novel’s magical world beyond the Jane Austen elements. I don’t think anyone truly expected a sequel, which is why I was excited to learn about Dragonshadow, which I’m hoping will develop the characters and story a little beyond Pride & Prejudice. I’m also looking forward to more of the author’s incredible world-building and more dragons!

“The author of Heartstone once again infuses elements of Jane Austen’s beloved novel with her own brand of magic in this addictive fantasy that brings back sparring lovers Aliza and Alastair: fierce warriors who match wits, charm, and swords as they fight an epic war to save their world.

The Battle of North Fields is over—or so Aliza Bentaine, now a Daired, fervently wants to believe. But rumors are spreading of an unseen monster ravaging the isolated Castle Selwyn on the northern border of the kingdom. When she and Alastair are summoned from their honeymoon by the mysterious Lord Selwyn, they must travel with their dragon Akarra through the Tekari-infested Old Wilds of Arle to answer his call.

And they are not alone on this treacherous journey. Shadowing the dragonriders is an ancient evil, a harbinger of a dark danger of which the Worm was only a foretaste. And soon Aliza realizes the terrible truth: the real war is only beginning.”

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23 Comments on “Waiting on Wednesday 04/25/18

  1. Pingback: Waiting on Wednesday 04/25/18 — The BiblioSanctum | Fantasy Gift Sources: Book Reviews, Article Resources, News

  2. I like the sound of this one, and I remember Heartstone making the rounds. It definitely looked promising, and I’d like to get to it- nice to see there’s a sequel.

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  3. I just went and re-read your review of the first book. I am a huge P&P fan and so I’m still on the edge about trying book 1.
    That would determine if I ever even thought about trying a second book.

    The truth of the matter is that I’ve just got so many books on the TBR that something has GOT to stand out. Which means my default response is “no” for most new books. 20 years ago, this type of issue was not a problem, sigh :-/

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    • I definitely know how that feels! And with regards to Heartstone, if you like P&P you will probably do well with it, because the story is pretty much a loyal retelling, except with dragons and wyverns etc. IMO, the book’s greatest strength was actually the author’s magical world building, which is why I’m glad to see there’s this sequel because hopefully she’ll build on it. It’ll be interesting to see what she will do now that she can go beyond P&P.

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  4. I grabbed a copy of Heartsong not too long ago from Thrift books so I’m glad to see that there is a sequel coming out. I always thought it was a standalone novel but so few things are nowadays so I should have realized there was another coming out. Great pick!

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    • Yeah, Heartstone will work totally fine as a stand alone, though I’m not as sure about this one. Still I guess it’s nice to know that if you enjoy the first book, there will be a follow up if you want to continue the characters’ stories 😀

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    • Hard to tell from the publisher description, but crossing my fingers it wouldn’t be too hard to jump on board. At least if you’re familiar with the plot of Pride & Prejudice, you’ll know how Heartstone turned out, because it’s pretty much 90% the same story 😀

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