Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Lady Hotspur, The Circus, & Nameless Queen

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.

There are a lot of awesome books coming out in January and only so many Wednesdays in December, so for this month I'll be sharing three books every week instead of two! My restraint is pretty much non-existent.

This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 

Lady Hotspur
Lady Hotspur by Tessa Gratton
Publication: January 7th, 2020
Tor Books
Hardcover. 496 pages.

"Inspired by Shakespeare's Henry IV, Lady Hotspur continues the saga of Innis Lear, centuries later, as revolution, love, and a betrayal corrupt the descendants of two warring kingdoms. 

Hal was once a knight, carefree and joyous, sworn to protect her future queen Banna Mora. But after a rebellion led by her own mother, Caleda, Hal is now the prince of Lionis, heir to the throne. The pressure of her crown and bloody memories of war plague her, as well as a need to shape her own destiny, no matter the cost. 

Lady Hotspur, known as the Wolf of Aremoria for her temper and warcraft, never expected to be more than a weapon. She certainly never expected to fall in love with the fiery Hal or be blindsided by an angry Queen’s promise to remake the whole world in her own image—a plan Hotspur knows will lead to tragedy. 

Banna Mora kept her life, but not her throne. Fleeing to Innis Lear to heal her heart and plot revenge, the stars and roots of Innis Lear will teach her that the only way to survive a burning world is to learn to breathe fire. These three women, together or apart, are the ones who have the power to bring the once-powerful Aremoria back to life—or destroy it forever."
I really enjoyed Tessa Gratton's The Queens of Innis Lear and I'd love to reenter the world of Innis Lear and see what's been happening since the events of the first book. I loved Gratton's gorgeous prose and I'm looking forward to experiencing it again.

The Circus
The Circus by Jonas Karlsson
Publication: January 28th, 2020
Hogarth Press
Hardcover. 192pages.

"The narrator of The Circus is perfectly content with his quiet life. He works at a bakery counter, and in his free time organizes (and reorganizes) his record collection. He's not up to much the day his old school friend Magnus invites him to a circus, and he's certainly not expecting the simple outing to change everything in his life. Because while participating in a magic trick Magnus vanishes--completely. 

Struggling to piece together the events that led to his friend's inexplicable disappearance, the narrator comes to realize that even the most basic facts about his life are suddenly uncertain. His friend Jallo claims to have never met Magnus, even though they went to school together. Magnus's apartment seems deserted, but is the narrator at the right address? And who is the mysterious person who keeps calling him on the phone but never saying a word? Sharply unsettling and clever, this subtle interpretation of a suspense novel is classic Jonas Karlsson."
Something about this just sounds so weird and compelling and I'm really excited to see what it's all about!

Nameless Queen
Nameless Queen by Rebecca McLaughlin
Publication: January 7th, 2020
Crown Books
Hardcover. 352 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | Book Depository | IndieBound

"Everyone expected the king's daughter would inherit the throne. No one expected me. 

It shouldn't even be possible. I'm Nameless, a class of citizens so disrespected, we don't even get names. Heck, dozens of us have been going missing for months and no one seems to care. 

But there's no denying the tattoo emblazoned on my arm. I am queen. In a palace where the corridors are more dangerous the streets, though, how could I possibly rule? And what will become of the Nameless if I don't?"
This feels like a somewhat cliche'd setup, but I have hope that it'll turn that trope into something new. I'm always happy to check out a debut author so I'm looking forward to seeing what McLaughlin's writing is like.

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


  1. I've never heard of The Circus before, but wow, I need to track down a copy!

  2. These are really great picks. I still need to read The Queen of Innis Lear, and the second book sound so good!

    My CWW

    1. It was such a beautiful story, I hope you enjoy it if you get a chance to read the first one. :)

  3. The Circus sounds a little quirky - I like it!