Waiting on Wednesday 05/30/18
“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!
My first encounter with Grace Draven was years ago with Master of Crows, which was one of only a handful of romance fantasy novels I’ve ever really enjoyed because of the skillful way the author balanced elements from both genres. I’ve not had a chance to read her again, though it appears she’s come a long way and garnered quite a huge following of fans in the almost ten years since. This fall, Draven will be launching a new series with the first book Phoenix Unbound, and I’m really looking forward to this opportunity to revisit her work.
“A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.
Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.
But this year is different.
Azarion, the Empire’s most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion–and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. And unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.
To protect her family and village, she will risk everything to return to the Empire–and burn once more.”