Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark & The King's Witch by Tracy Borman

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released!

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
The Tower of Living and Dying by Anna Smith Spark
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
480 pages

From Goodreads: 

A powerhouse story of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The Tower of Living and Dying is a continuation of Anna Smith Spark's brilliant Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives. 

Marith has been a sellsword, a prince, a murderer, a demon, and dead. But something keeps bringing him back to life, and now there is nothing stopping him from taking back the throne that is rightfully his. 

Thalia, the former high priestess, remains Marith's only tenuous grasp to whatever goodness he has left. His left hand and his last source of light, Thalia still believes that the power that lies within him can be used for better ends. But as more forces gather beneath Marith's banner, she can feel her influence slipping. 

Read the second book in this "gritty and glorious!" (Miles Cameron) epic fantasy series reminiscent of Joe Abercrombie and Mark Lawrence where the exiled son of a king fights to reclaim his throne no matter the cost."
This is the sequel to The Court of Broken Knives, which was easily one my favorite debut fantasy novels of last year. I absolutely loved Anna Smith Spark's writing style and I cannot wait to get back to her writing and the story.

The King's Witch by Tracy Borman 
Publication Date: July 3rd, 2018
Atlantic Monthly Press
448 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 

From Goodreads: 

In March of 1603, as she helps to nurse the dying Queen Elizabeth of England, Frances Gorges dreams of her parents' country estate, where she has learned to use flowers and herbs to become a much-loved healer. She is happy to stay at home when King James of Scotland succeeds to the throne. His court may be shockingly decadent, but his intolerant Puritanism sees witchcraft in many of the old customs--punishable by death. 

But when her ambitious uncle forcibly brings Frances to the royal palace, she is a ready target for the twisted scheming of the Privy Seal, Lord Cecil. As a dark campaign to destroy both King and Parliament gathers pace, culminating in the Gunpowder Plot of 1605, Frances is surrounded by danger, finding happiness only with the King's precocious young daughter, and with Tom Wintour, the one courtier she feels she can trust. But is he all that he seems? 

Acclaimed as a brilliant historian, Tracy Borman proves with this thrilling debut novel that she is also a born storyteller."

I've been really craving some good historical fiction lately, and this one sounds like it will be quite a captivating read. Witches, political intrigue, secret plots and schemes--sign me up!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?

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  1. This is the first time I'm hearing about these two! Right now I'm really excited for the sequel to Reign of the Fallen, King of Scars, and Circle of Shadows!

    Thanks for sharing,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

    1. I can't believe I still haven't gotten to Reign of the Fallen and the sequel is already coming out!? Yikes. I'm so excited for King of Scar and Circle of Shadows as well!

  2. The King's Witch sounds really good!

  3. I'm sorry I missed The Court of Broken Knives, everyone raves about it! Someday I hope to catch up😁

  4. These are both new to me and they sound quite good. Hope you enjoy them!