Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Gameshouse by Claire North & The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso

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 Gameshouse by Claire North
Publication: May 28th, 2019
Paperback. 448 pages.

"The World Fantasy Award-winning author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August presents a mesmerizing tale of a gambling house whose deadly games of chance and skill control the fate of empires. 

Everyone has heard of the Gameshouse. But few know all its secrets... 

It is the place where fortunes can be made and lost through chess, backgammon - every game under the sun. But those whom fortune favors may be invited to compete in the higher league... a league where the games played are of politics and empires, of economics and kings. It is a league where Capture the Castle involves real castles, where hide and seek takes place on the scale of a continent. 

Among those worthy of competing in the higher league, three unusually talented contestants play for the highest stakes of all..."
I only recently found out about this one, but that description has me all in. I'm always here for some games with high stakes, and I've been wanting to read more from Claire North. I'm also loving that cover!

The Unbound Empire by Melissa Caruso (Swords and Fire #3)
Publication: April 25th, 2019
Paperback. 505 pages.

"The final volume of the Gemmell Morningstar Award-shortlisted Swords and Fire fantasy trilogy, in which political scion Amalia and her bound fire warlock Zaira must save the Empire from a ruthless, magical enemy. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, The Queen of the Tearling, and Uprooted. 

While winter snows keep the Witch Lord Ruven's invading armies at bay, Lady Amalia Cornaro and the fire warlock Zaira attempt to change the fate of mages in the Raverran Empire forever, earning the enmity of those in power who will do anything to keep all magic under tight imperial control. But in the season of the Serene City's great masquerade, Ruven executes a devastating surprise strike at the heart of the Empire - and at everything Amalia holds most dear. 

To stand a chance of defeating Ruven, Amalia and Zaira must face their worst nightmares, expose their deepest secrets, and unleash Zaira's most devastating fire."
I have been enjoying the Swords and Fire trilogy immensely and am so excited to see how it wraps up! An early copy just recently arrived for me to read, but I'm still looking forward to its release into the wild. I feel like this is a really underrated series that a lot of people would enjoy if they checked it out.

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


  1. I'm a little hesitant about Claire North since I DNF'd her last book, 84K. But I may give it a try😁

    1. Yeah, I didn't love 84K either, haha. I've seen a lot of love for her other books, so I'm hoping this one clicks more for me.

  2. I found The Games House on some site this week and already added it to the wishlist. Hope it's good!

  3. omg they both look fantastic. Wish I'd found the Unbound Empire sooner! The House of Games is now on my want list!

  4. Ooh The Games House sounds AWESOME. I love that concept!

  5. The Games House sounds definitely intriguing. I'm going to see if my library can get it when it releases. I hope you enjoy both of these when you get to them.

    Tina @As Told By Tina

  6. Great picks this week. I still need to read the second book in the Swords and Fire trilogy but I loved the first one.

    1. The first one was great, and I'm impressed by how Caruso has developed the trilogy so far.

  7. Ooh, The Games House sounds pretty cool!

  8. These sound great. Thanks for sharing! :)
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian