Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan & The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

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:
Gates of Stone by Angus Macallan
 Publication Date: February 19th, 2019
Ace Books
544 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 

Gates of Stone (Lord of the Islands, #1)From Goodreads: 

In a world of blood and magic, a powerful epic fantasy begins... 

Just before her sixteenth birthday, Princess Katerina is refused her rightful place as heir to the Empire of the Ice-Bear--solely because of her sex. Determined to regain her inheritance, she murders the foreign lord she's been ordered to marry and embarks on a perilous voyage to the lush, tropical islands of the Laut Besar in search of the vast wealth and power she needs to claim the Empire for herself. 

On a small island kingdom, Prince Arjun's idyllic life is shattered when a malignant sorcerer invades, slaughters his people and steals the sacred sword of Jun's ancestors. With his royal father dead and his palace in ruins, Jun reluctantly tracks the sorcerer and the magical blade far across the pirate-infested waters of the Laut Besar. 

 Long ago the powerful relics known as the Seven Keys were used to safely lock away the terrifying evils of the Seven Hells. With Jun's ancient sword in his grasp, the sorcerer Mangku has claimed the first Key, and begun his mission to unleash catastrophe upon the land. 

As the destinies of these three entwine in the lawless islands of the Laut Besar, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. For if the sorcerer cannot be stopped, the world itself will be unmade..."
Princess Katerina sounds pretty fierce, Jun's reluctance sounds relatable, and the Seven Hells sounds rightly terrifying. I think this sounds awesome and I love the sound of the setting and islands--especially the Empire of the Ice-Bear!

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders
Publication Date: February 12th, 2019
Tor Books
368 pages
Pre-order: Amazon Book Depository 

The City in the Middle of the NightFrom Goodreads: 

If you control our sleep, then you can own our dreams... And from there, it's easy to control our entire lives." 

Set on a planet that has fully definitive, never-changing zones of day and night, with ensuing extreme climates of endless, frigid darkness and blinding, relentless light, humankind has somehow continued apace -- though the perils outside the built cities are rife with danger as much as the streets below. 

But in a world where time means only what the ruling government proclaims, and the levels of light available are artificially imposed to great consequence, lost souls and disappeared bodies are shadow-bound and savage, and as common as grains of sand. And one such pariah, sacrificed to the night, but borne up by time and a mysterious bond with an enigmatic beast, will rise to take on the entire planet--before it can crumble beneath the weight of human existence."
This sounds like a really neat concept and I want to see where Anders takes the story. This synopsis has just enough to hook me, but still leaves me having no idea what to expect from this book, so I'm ready to check it out!

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



  1. I'm anxious for both of these. Now if I could just find a way to create more than 24 hours in a day!

  2. Both of these are already on my TBR, I'm especially excited for City in the Middle of the Night!

  3. Both of these are new to me since I don't read much fantasy. I hope you enjoy reading both of your picks this week!
    My WoW

  4. Both of these sound fabulous! I hope you love them!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

  5. I agree, The City in the Middle of the Night has a really great concept!

  6. Gates of Stone sounds really good! And I love the cover.