Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark & The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa

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 House of Sacrifice (Empires of Dust #3)
The House of Sacrifice by Anna Smith Spark
Publication: August 13th, 2019
Hardcover. 400 pages.

"A powerhouse grimdark fantasy of bloodshed, ambition, and fate, The House of Sacrifice is the thunderous conclusion to Anna Smith Spark's Empires of Dust trilogy, which began with The Court of Broken Knives. 

Marith Altrersyr has won. He cut a path of blood and vengeance and needless violence around the world and now he rules. It is time for Marith to put down his sword, to send home his armies, to grow a beard and become fat. It is time to look to his own house, and to produce an heir. The King of Death must now learn to live. 
But some things cannot be learnt. 

The spoils of war turn to ash in the mouths of the Amrath Army and soon they are on the move again. But Marith, lord of lies, dragon-killer, father-killer, has begun to falter and his mind decays. How long can a warlord rotting from within continue to win? 

As the Army marches on to Sorlost, Thalia's thoughts turn to home and to the future: a life grows inside her and it is a precious thing - but it grows weak. 

Why must the sins of the father curse the child?"
I have been anxiously awaiting this finale since I closed the last page of The Tower of Living and Dying and I cannot wait to see Spark wraps everything up! This grimdark fantasy has easily been one of my favorites and I can't seem to get over how gorgeous Spark's writing style is and how she crafts such complex characters.

The Memory Police
The Memory Police by Yōko Ogawa, trans. Stephen Snyder
Publication: August 13th, 2019
Pantheon Books
Hardcover. 288 pages.

"A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor. 

On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, things are disappearing. First, animals and flowers. Then objects--ribbons, bells, photographs. Then, body parts. Most of the island's inhabitants fail to notice these changes, while those few imbued with the power to recall the lost objects live in fear of the mysterious "memory police," who are committed to ensuring that the disappeared remain forgotten. 

When a young woman who is struggling to maintain her career as a novelist discovers that her editor is in danger from the Memory Police, she concocts a plan to hide him beneath her floorboards. As fear and loss close in around them, they cling to her wiring as the last way of preserving the past.

Part allegory, part literary thriller, The Memory Police is a stunning new work from one of the most exciting contemporary authors writing in any language."
I recently read Ogawa's short story collection Revenge and have been really wanting to read more of her work. She has some backlist titles I'm also interested in, but when I saw this new book she has coming out, I couldn't help but be drawn to the intriguing premise! I am also absolutely loving the cover.

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


  1. I think the UK covers are so much better for Anna Smith Spark's series than the US covers, which are so boring...I haven't started this series but I want to!

    1. 100% agree on the UK covers being better--that's sort of why I went with that one here, haha. I wish the US series had matched or at least had a little more design to them. I hope you do, it's wonderful!

  2. I had mixed feelings about Ogawa's Diving Pool collection, but I came away wanting to read more by her. The Memory Police sounds intriguing! I will have to give that one a try. And her collection Revenge since you seemed to liked it.

    Spark isn't an author I've tried before, but I will have to check her work out.

    I hope you enjoy both of these!

    1. It seems like a lot of Ogawa's stuff can be hit or miss for people from what I've read, so I'm curious if I'd like her other work or not! Thanks!

  3. The first book you featured looks really good. I know you said it was part of a series but wow it looks really good. Here is my post

  4. The Memory Police sounds so interesting!

  5. Oooh! All of these sound like interesting books! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. Wow I'm not familiar with Spark at all, but that sounds like a pretty fabulous fantasy read! And The Memory Police sounds intense too.

  7. Both of these sound and look really good. I hope you enjoy them!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

  8. The Memory Police sounds like it's going to be such a powerful read. I hope you love both of these!