Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Upon a Burning Throne by Ashok K. Banker & Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker

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:
Upon a Burning Throne (Burnt Empire Saga #1) by Ashok K. Banker
Publication Date: April 16th, 2019
John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin
688 pages

Upon a Burning Throne (Burnt Empire Saga, #1)From Goodreads: 

From international sensation Ashok K. Banker, pioneer of the fantasy genre in India, comes the first book in a ground-breaking, epic fantasy series inspired by the ancient Indian classic, The Mahabharata. 

In a world where demigods and demons walk among mortals, the Emperor of the vast Burnt Empire has died, leaving a turbulent realm without an emperor. Two young princes, Adri and Shvate, are in line to rule, but birthright does not guarantee inheritance: For any successor must sit upon the legendary Burning Throne and pass The Test of Fire. Imbued with dark sorceries, the throne is a crucible—one that incinerates the unworthy. 

Adri and Shvate pass The Test and are declared heirs to the empire… but there is another with a claim to power, another who also survives: a girl from an outlying kingdom. When this girl, whose father is the powerful demonlord Jarsun, is denied her claim by the interim leaders, Jarsun declares war, vowing to tear the Burnt Empire apart—leaving the young princes Adri and Shvate to rule a shattered realm embroiled in rebellion and chaos.... 

Welcome to the Burnt Empire Saga"
Another fantasy inspired by India sounds incredible and I love the premise. That cover completely draws me in as well, plus the fact that it’s inspired by The Mahabharata.

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City by K.J. Parker
Publication Date: April 9th, 2019
384 pages
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

Sixteen Ways to Defend a Walled City
From Goodreads: 

A siege is approaching, and the City has little time left to prepare. The people have no food and no weapons, and the enemy has sworn to slaughter them all. 

Their only chance rests with a colonel of engineers - a despised outsider, a genius, a master of military and political strategy with the wrong color skin. He is the City's only hope. 

But nobody, rich or poor, wants to take orders from a jumped-up Milkface. Saving the City from itself might be more difficult than surviving the coming siege."

I'm really curious to see how this entire book plays out. I love this idea of one city having to prepare itself again a siege and all the stress and havoc that could bring--I'm just excited to see how Parker sets this book up!

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



  1. Sixteen Ways sounds really good, very unique!

  2. I like that we're seeing more Indian and Asian influenced fantasies these days!

  3. I love the cover of Upon a Burning Throne, and I'm very curious about Sixteen Ways😁

  4. These both sound excellent! They're new to me too so thanks for putting them on my radar.