Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Lent by Jo Walton and Middlegame by Sean McGuire

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: 

Lent by Jo Walton
Publication: May 28th, 2019
Hardcover. 320 pages.

"From Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award-winning Jo Walton comes Lent, a magical re-imagining of the man who remade fifteenth-century Florence—in all its astonishing strangeness 

Young Girolamo’s life is a series of miracles. 

It’s a miracle that he can see demons, plain as day, and that he can cast them out with the force of his will. It’s a miracle that he’s friends with Pico della Mirandola, the Count of Concordia. It’s a miracle that when Girolamo visits the deathbed of Lorenzo “the Magnificent,” the dying Medici is wreathed in celestial light, a surprise to everyone, Lorenzo included. It’s a miracle that when Charles VIII of France invades northern Italy, Girolamo meets him in the field, and convinces him to not only spare Florence but also protect it. It’s a miracle than whenever Girolamo preaches, crowds swoon. It’s a miracle that, despite the Pope’s determination to bring young Girolamo to heel, he’s still on the loose… and, now, running Florence in all but name. 

That’s only the beginning. Because Girolamo Savanarola is not who—or what—he thinks he is. He will discover the truth about himself at the most startling possible time. And this will be only the beginning of his many lives."
I'm so excited that Jo Walton has another book coming out, and this one sounds particularly interesting. It's been a while since I've read anything with a Renaissance Italy setting and I'm totally here for it. The cover for this always grabs me so hard, I'm really in love with the entire aesthetic.

Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
Publication: May 7th, 2019
Hardcover. 528 pages.

"New York Times bestselling and Alex, Nebula, and Hugo-Award-winning author Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in the standalone fantasy, Middlegame. 

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story. 

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math. 

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet. 

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ascend with them and claim their authority as his own. 

Godhood is attainable. Pray it isn’t attained."
I guess it's an unplanned Tor day! I feel like having twin characters with the names Roger and Dodger will drive me crazy, but the rest of this premise sounds super intriguing so I'm ready to jump in anyway. I'm a little obsessed with alchemy also, so anytime it plays any sort of role in a book, I'm in. This cover is pretty damn neat also--Tor's doing good work!

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


  1. I'm really excited for Middlegame, I've been reading a lot of rave reviews!

  2. Oh Jo Walton's always interesting and I hadn't heard of this one! I'll definitely check it out :)

    1. It's been really flying under the radar, it seems. I'm hoping it picks up speed near its release!

  3. I feel like I'm the only person who hasn't read a Seanan McGuire book!

    1. I totally recommend her! I've only read Every Heart a Doorway and Into the Drowning Deep (Mira Grant penname), but both were fantastic.

  4. Middlegame sounds great. A new one for my list!