Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday: Darksoul by Anna Stephens & Mirage by Somaiya Daud

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:
Darksoul by Anna Stephens
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2018 (UK)/September 4th, 2018 (US)
Harper Voyager
400 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 

From Goodreads: 

The thrilling sequel to GODBLIND, the biggest fantasy debut of 2017. 

The Wolves lie dead beside Rilpor’s soldiers, slaughtered at the hands of the Mireces and their fanatical army. 

The veil that once kept the Red Gods at bay has been left in tatters as the Dark Lady’s plans for the world come to fruition. Where the gods walk, blood is spilled on the earth. 

All that stands between the Mireces army and complete control of the Kingdom of Rilpor are the walls of its capital, Rilporin, and those besieged inside. 

But hope might yet bloom in the unlikeliest of places: in the heart of a former slave, in the mind of a soldier with the eyes of a fox, and in the hands of a general destined to be king."
I really enjoyed and was impressed with Godblind, the first book, last year and am now looking forward to seeing what happens next! I also really love the cover styles for this trilogy so far.

Mirage by Somaiya Daud
Publication Date: August 28th, 2018
Flatiron Books
320 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository

From Goodreads: 

In a star system dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, eighteen-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry like the old-world poems she adores; she dreams of receiving a sign from Dihya that one day, she, too, will have adventure, and travel beyond her isolated moon. 

But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects: she is kidnapped by the regime and taken in secret to the royal palace, where she discovers that she is nearly identical to the cruel half-Vathek Princess Maram. The princess is so hated by her conquered people that she requires a body double, someone to appear in public as Maram, ready to die in her place. 

As Amani is forced into her new role, she can’t help but enjoy the palace’s beauty—and her time with the princess’ fiancé, Idris. But the glitter of the royal court belies a world of violence and fear. If Amani ever wishes to see her family again, she must play the princess to perfection...because one wrong move could lead to her death."

I've had my eye on this one for a while and am excited to (hopefully) have the chance to pick it up soon! I am so intrigued by the setting and think this sounds like it will be a really entertaining read.

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

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  1. I've already read Mirage, and it was.. different from what I expected, to say the least. It was charming, but kind of underwhelming as well. :/

    - Aimee @ Aimee, Always

    1. Oh, bummer, I'm sorry to hear that! I'm starting to see similar 'meh' reactions for that one, so I'm starting to become more unsure about it, haha, though I'm definitely interested to find out why.

  2. I haven't started Anna Stephens' series but I've heard such good things😊 These both sound good!

  3. I'm really excited for Mirage too. It sounds so good, although I have seen a couple of mixed reviews for it.