Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Realm of Ash by Tasha Suri & The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair

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 spotlights are: 

Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha, #2)
Realm of Ash (The Books of Ambha #2) by Tasha Suri
Publication: November 12th, 2019
Paperback. 480 pages.

"The fate of an empire rests in the hands of a young woman with magical blood and nothing left to lose, and an outcast prince determined to save his family at any cost, in this "dark, melodious, and memorable" new fantasy (Library Journal, starred review) from the author of the award-winning Empire of Sand. 

The Ambhan Empire is crumbling. A terrible war of succession hovers on the horizon. The only hope for peace lies in the mysterious realm of ash, where mortals can find what they seek in the echoes of their ancestors' dreams. But to walk there requires a steep price. 

Arwa is determined to make the journey. Widowed by a brutal massacre, she's pledged service to the royal family and will see that pledge through to the end. She never expected to be joined by Zahir, the disgraced, illegitimate prince who has turned to forbidden magic in a desperate bid to save those he loves. 

Together, they'll walk the bloody path of their shared past. And it will call into question everything they've ever believed...including whether the Empire is worth saving at all."
I loved Empire of Sand so much and have been anxiously awaiting this sequel ever since I finished the first book last year. Suri's writing is beautiful and captivating and I can't wait to see what else is in store for this world.

The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History
The Golden Thread: How Fabric Changed History by Kassia St. Clair
Publication: November 12th, 2019
Hardcover. 368 pages.

"All textiles begin with a twist. From colourful 30,000-year old threads found on the floor of a Georgian cave to what the linen wrappings of Tutankhamun's mummy actually meant; from the Silk Roads to the woollen sails that helped the Vikings reach America 700 years before Columbus; from the lace ruffs that infuriated the puritans to the Indian calicoes and chintzes that powered the Industrial Revolution, our continuing reinvention of cloth tells fascinating stories of human ingenuity. 

When we talk of lives hanging by a thread, being interwoven, or part of the social fabric, we are part of a tradition that stretches back many thousands of years. Fabric has allowed us to achieve extraordinary things and survive in unlikely places, and this book shows you how -- and why. 

With a cast that includes Chinese empresses, Richard the Lionheart and Bing Crosby, Kassia St Clair takes us on the run with escaped slaves, climbing the slopes of Everest and moonwalking with astronauts. Running like a bright line through history, The Golden Thread offers an unforgettable adventure through our past, present and future."
I love learning about the history of everyday items and fabric in particular is of interest to me so this sounds really interesting! I feel like the changes in fabric and its uses/etc. have had such a fascinating effect upon the world (and the world has had quite an effect upon fabric itself) and I'm looking forward to when I can pick this one up to learn a bit more about it.

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


  1. I love the sound of that second book! Gold thread is such a statement...

  2. These both sound good and I hope you enjoy them!

  3. I still haven't read Empire of Sand, ugh! I really need to so I'll be ready for the sequel:-) And I love learning about everyday objects as well, The Golden Thread sounds so interesting!

  4. These both sound like they will be great reads!

    My CWW

  5. The Golden Thread sounds fascinating. I have a friend who is a historian and one of her areas of expertise is in fabrics and clothing. I bet she would enjoy this one. I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them! Have a great day!

  6. Oooh! Both of these books sound really interesting! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog