Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Lost Queen by Signe Pike & Fierce Fairytales by Nikita Gill

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.

This week's upcoming book spotlight is:
The Lost Queen by Signe Pike
Publication Date: September 4th, 2018
576 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 

From Goodreads: 

Mists of Avalon meets Philippa Gregory in the first book of an exciting historical trilogy that reveals the untold story of Languoreth—a powerful and, until now, tragically forgotten queen of sixth-century Scotland—twin sister of the man who inspired the legendary character of Merlin. 

Intelligent, passionate, rebellious, and brave, Languoreth is the unforgettable heroine of The Lost Queen, a tale of conflicted loves and survival set against the cinematic backdrop of ancient Scotland, a magical land of myths and superstition inspired by the beauty of the natural world. One of the most powerful early medieval queens in British history, Languoreth ruled at a time of enormous disruption and bloodshed, when the burgeoning forces of Christianity threatened to obliterate the ancient pagan beliefs and change her way of life forever. 

Together with her twin brother Lailoken, a warrior and druid known to history as Merlin, Languoreth is catapulted into a world of danger and violence. When a war brings the hero Emrys Pendragon, to their door, Languoreth collides with the handsome warrior Maelgwn. Their passionate connection is forged by enchantment, but Languoreth is promised in marriage to Rhydderch, son of the High King who is sympathetic to the followers of Christianity. As Rhydderch's wife, Languoreth must assume her duty to fight for the preservation of the Old Way, her kingdom, and all she holds dear. 

The Lost Queen brings this remarkable woman to life—rescuing her from obscurity, and reaffirming her place at the center of the most enduring legends of all time."
I actually just received an ARC of this one, but I'm still pretty excited for its release! I only recently became aware of it, but I think it sounds like a really complex and potentially character-driven historical fiction that I can't wait to read.

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill
Publication Date: September 11th, 2018
Hachette Books
176 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository

From Goodreads

"Traditional fairytales are rife with cliches and gender stereotypes: beautiful, silent princesses; ugly, jealous, and bitter villainesses; girls who need rescuing; and men who take all the glory. 

But in this rousing new prose and poetry collection, Nikita Gill gives Once Upon a Time a much-needed modern makeover. Through her gorgeous reimagining of fairytale classics and spellbinding original tales, she dismantles the old-fashioned tropes that have been ingrained in our minds. In this book, gone are the docile women and male saviors. Instead, lines blur between heroes and villains. You will meet fearless princesses, a new kind of wolf lurking in the concrete jungle, and an independent Gretel who can bring down monsters on her own. 

Complete with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations by Gill herself, Fierce Fairytales is an empowering collection of poems and stories for a new generation."

I think it's safe to admit that I was drawn to this particular book because of its cover--but how could you not be with that gorgeous artwork? I am always open for fairytale-related content, whether its original, retold, or innovative, so this sounds like it will be a great read! I am always looking for some good poetry as well, so this just seems to fill a lot of checkboxes.

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

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  1. Beautiful book covers! I hope you enjoy them.

  2. Both books sound great. Enjoy!

  3. I love Nikita Gill's poetry!!! I need to read this book!

  4. I recently read The Lost Queen and enjoyed it - it's a good story and a unique perspective on the Arthurian legends. It moves quickly! Hope you'll enjoy it too.

  5. I am always down for historical fiction and a good fairy tale! And what beautiful covers!

  6. Love that cover on Fierce Fairytales! Both of these sound fantastic!

  7. Both of these are new to me, but I'm very interested in The Lost Queen. I'm looking forward to your review:-)

  8. The Lost Queen looks great, and I always love it when an author examines the Christianity vs pagan "old ways". That's a fascinating subject for me. Especially with the Merlin connection!

    Fierce Fairytales doesn't look half bad either! :)

  9. You definitely get the pretty book award this week. Nice choice.

  10. The first book sounds really and I have to agree about the cover for the second one. I hope you enjoy them both!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings