Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Blood of the Gods by David Mealing & The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin

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:
Blood of the Gods by David Mealing (The Asension Cycle #2)
Publication Date: August 21st, 2018
736 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 

From Goodreads: 

The battle is over, but war lies ahead in the second book of the epic fantasy trilogy that pits humans against gods in a contest for the fate of the world. 

The battle for the city is over, but the aftermath of a revolution is never simple... 

Sarine begins to experience visions, ones which make her dragon familiar sicker every day. Erris pushes toward conquest and the need to expand her territory and restore her power. And, exiled from his tribe, Arak'Jur apprentices himself to a deadly master. 

Faced with the threat of a return to the days of darkness, the heroes begin to understand the depth of the sacrifices required from them. To protect their world, they'll have to stand and fight once more.."
I read the first book, Soul of the World, last year and was so enraptured in the world and particularly the unique magic system in this series. This is the sequel and I can't wait to finally read it!

The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Pegasus Books
336 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 

From Goodreads: 

Based on a remarkable true story, the New York Times bestselling author of Please Look After Mom brilliantly images the life of Yi Jin, an orphan who would fall under the affections of the Empress and become a jewel in the late Joseon Court. 

When a novice French diplomat arrives for an audience with the Emperor, he is enraptured by the Joseon Dynasty’s magnificent culture, then at its zenith. But all fades away when he sees Yi Jin perform the delicate traditional Dance of the Spring Oriole. Though well aware that women of the court belong to the palace, the young diplomat confesses his love to the Emperor, and gains permission for Yi Jin to accompany him back to France. 

A world away in Belle Epoque Paris, Yi Jin lives a free, independent life, away from the gilded cage of the court, and begins translating and publishing Joseon literature into French with another Korean student. But even in this new world, great sorrow awaits her. Yi Jin’s grieving and suffering is only amplified by homesickness and a longing for her oldest friend. But her homecoming was not a happy one. Betrayal, jealousy, and intrigue abound, culminating with the tragic assassination of the last Joseon empress—and the poisoned pages of a book. 

Rich with historic detail and filled with luminous characters, Korea’s most beloved novelist brings a lost era to life in a story that will resonate long after the final page."

I have had my eye on this book for quite a while, but it fell of my radar briefly because I just never see it anywhere! I realized it's coming out soon, so my excitement is back and I'm looking forward to diving into this story.

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

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  1. Both of these look really interesting! I'm especially intrigued by The Court Dancer.

    1. Same here! It's one I keep forgetting about somehow, but the story it's based off of sounds fascinating.

  2. Ive heard so many great things about David Mealing, one of these days I'd like to read his series😊

    1. I hope you really enjoy his work if you do! I have been super impressed by his work so far, so I'm hopefully the sequel is just as good. :)