Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Bird King by G. Willow Wilson & Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

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 Bird King by G. Willow Wilson
Publication Date: March 12th, 2019
Grove Press
440 pages

The Bird KingFrom Goodreads: 

Set in 1491 during the reign of the last sultanate in the Iberian peninsula, The Bird King is the story of Fatima, the only remaining Circassian concubine to the sultan, and her dearest friend Hassan, the palace mapmaker. 

Hassan has a secret--he can draw maps of places he's never seen and bend the shape of reality. When representatives of the newly formed Spanish monarchy arrive to negotiate the sultan's surrender, Fatima befriends one of the women, not realizing that she will see Hassan's gift as sorcery and a threat to Christian Spanish rule. With their freedoms at stake, what will Fatima risk to save Hassan and escape the palace walls? 

As Fatima and Hassan traverse Spain with the help of a clever jinn to find safety, The Bird King asks us to consider what love is and the price of freedom at a time when the West and the Muslim world were not yet separate."

I read Wilson's Alif the Unseen years and years ago it seems and although I didn't love it, I still have so much excitement for The Bird King. The historical setting of this book sounds incredible and I am so interested in Hassan's mapmaking ability. This plot has a lot to explore and I can't wait to read it!

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear
Publication Date: March 5th, 2019
Saga Press (US); Gollancz (UK)
512 pages
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

Ancestral Night (White Space, #1)
From Goodreads: 

A routine salvage mission uncovers evidence of a terrible crime and relics of powerful ancient technology. Haimey and her small crew run afoul of pirates at the outer limits of the Milky Way, and find themselves on the run and in possession of universe-changing information. 

When authorities prove corrupt, Haimey realizes that she is the only one who can protect her galaxy-spanning civilization from the implications of this ancient technology—and the revolutionaries who want to use it for terror and war. Her quest will take her careening from the event horizon of the supermassive black hole at the galaxy’s core to the infinite, empty spaces at its edge. 

To save everything that matters, she will need to uncover the secrets of ancient intelligences lost to time—and her own lost secrets, which she will wish had remained hidden from her forever."
Elizabeth Bear is an SFF author I've been meaning to check out for a long time and this sci-fi sounds great. It feels like it has a few new tricks up its sleeve for the SF genre and I look forward to checking it out!

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



  1. I've never seen that cover of Ancestral Night, I love it! I'm excited to read it as well😁

    1. I think it's the UK cover, but I liked it more than the US so I just used it. ;) It sounds great!

  2. The Bird King cover is stunning! How have I not heard of these books until now?

    Thanks for putting them on my radar,
    ~Brittany @ Brittany's Book Rambles

  3. Bird King has a gorgeous cover. Love it!

  4. Ooh, Ancestral Night sounds really good!

  5. I'm really hopeful for Ancestral Night too!

  6. These both sound really good! I'll add them to my TBR :)