Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Angel Mage by Garth Nix, Queens of Animation by Nathalie Holt, & The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah

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.

Fall is always oversatured with new releases, which means this month I might have to be squeezing in three upcoming releases into my CWW rather than my usual two. The more books the better, right? :)

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

Angel Mage
Angel Mage by Garth Nix
Publication: September 24th, 2019
Viking Books
Hardcover. 416 pages.

"More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover, Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. 

A seemingly impossible quest, but Liliath is one of the greatest practitioners of angelic magic to have ever lived, summoning angels and forcing them to do her bidding. 

Liliath knew that most of the inhabitants of Ystara died from the Ash Blood plague or were transformed into beastlings, and she herself led the survivors who fled into neighboring Sarance. Now she learns that angels shun the Ystaran’s descendants. If they are touched by angelic magic, their blood will turn to ash. They are known as Refusers, and can only live the most lowly lives. 

But Liliath cares nothing for the descendants of her people, save how they can serve her. It is four young Sarancians who hold her interest: Simeon, a studious doctor-in-training; Henri, a dedicated fortune hunter; Agnez, an adventurous musketeer cadet; and Dorotea, an icon-maker and scholar of angelic magic. They are the key to her quest. 

The four feel a strange kinship from the moment they meet, but do not know why, or suspect their importance. All become pawns in Liliath’s grand scheme to fulfill her destiny and be united with the love of her life. No matter the cost to everyone else. . ."
My sister and I loved Garth Nix growing up, so when I saw that he was writing a new book--and an adult fantasy at that--I was thrilled and knew I'd absolutely be reading it! I loved his Seven Towers series and Keys to the Kingdom (weirdly I never got into Sabriel or the rest of those books that much for some reason), so I'm curious to see what this book will be like.

The Queens of Animation
Queens of Animation by Nathalia Holt
Publication: October 1st, 2019
Grand Central Publishing
Hardcover. 720 pages.

"In The Queens of Animation, bestselling author Nathalia Holt recounts the dramatic stories of an incredibly influential group of women who have slipped under the radar for decades but have touched all our lives. These women infiltrated the all-male domain of Disney Studios and used early technologies to create the rich artwork and iconic storylines that would reach millions of viewers across generations. Over the decades–while battling sexism, domestic abuse, and workplace harassment–these women also fought to influence the way female characters are depicted to young audiences. 

Based on extensive interviews and exclusive access to archival and personal documents, The Queens of Animation tells the story of their vital contribution to Disney’s golden age and their continued impact on animated filmmaking, culminating in the record-shattering Frozen, Disney’s first female-directed full-length feature film"
I've heard a few things about the female animators at Disney and how vital their work has been so I've been really interested in finding out more about them!

The Light at the Bottom of the World (Light the Abyss, #1)
The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah
Publication: September 24th, 2019
Viking Books
Hardcover. 416 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

"Hope had abandoned them to the wrath of all the waters.

At the end of the twenty-first century, the world has changed dramatically, but life continues one thousand feet below the ocean's surface. In Great Britain, sea creatures swim among the ruins of Big Ben and the Tower of London, and citizens waver between fear and hope; fear of what lurks in the abyss, and hope that humanity will soon discover a way to reclaim the Earth. 

Meanwhile, sixteen-year-old Leyla McQueen has her own problems to deal with. Her father's been arrested, accused of taking advantage of victims of the Seasickness-a debilitating malaise that consumes people,often claiming their lives. But Leyla knows he's innocent, and all she's interested in is getting him back so that their lives can return to normal. 

When she's picked to race in the action-packed London Submersible Marathon, Leyla gets the chance to secure his freedom; the Prime Minister promises the champion whatever their heart desires. The race takes an unexpected turn, though, and presents her with an opportunity she never wanted: Leyla must venture outside of London for the first time in her life, to find and rescue her father herself. 

Now, she'll have to brave the unfathomable waters and defy a corrupt government determined to keep its secrets, all the while dealing with a secretive, hotheaded companion she never asked for in the first place. If she fails, or falls prey to her own fears, she risks capture-and her father might be lost forever."
This sounds so inventive and I'm obsessed with the sound of this setting.

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


  1. Great minds think alike this week! I also featured The Light at the Bottom of the World - it sounds so creative!

  2. The Light at the Bottom of the World sounds so fun!

  3. I was just approved for The Light at the Bottom of the World on NetGalley so I'm very excited for that book!