Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler, The Nesting Dolls by Alina Adams, & Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy

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: 

Ashes of the Sun (Burningblade & Silvereye, #1)
Ashes of the Sun by Django Wexler
Publication: July 21st, 2020
Paperback. 592 pages.

"Long ago, a magical war destroyed an empire, and a new one was built in its ashes. But still the old grudges simmer, and two siblings will fight on opposite sides to save their world, in the start of Django Wexler’s new epic fantasy trilogy. 

Gyre hasn't seen his beloved sister since their parents sold her to the mysterious Twilight Order. Now, twelve years after her disappearance, Gyre's sole focus is revenge, and he's willing to risk anything and anyone to claim enough power to destroy the Order. 

Chasing rumors of a fabled city protecting a powerful artifact, Gyre comes face-to-face with his lost sister. But she isn't who she once was. Trained to be a warrior, Maya wields magic for the Twilight Order's cause. Standing on opposite sides of a looming civil war, the two siblings will learn that not even the ties of blood will keep them from splitting the world in two."
I've been meaning to read something from Wexler for ages now it seems and this upcoming release sounds particularly exciting. The phrase "rumors of a fabled city" alone sells me on this one!

The Nesting Dolls
The Nesting Dolls by Alina Adams
Publication: July 14th, 2020
Hardcover. 384 pages.

"Odessa, 1931. Marrying the handsome, wealthy Edward Gordon, Daria—born Dvora Kaganovitch—has fulfilled her mother’s dreams. But a woman’s plans are no match for the crushing power of Stalin’s repressive Soviet state. To survive, Daria is forced to rely on the kindness of a man who takes pride in his own coarseness. 

Odessa, 1970. Brilliant young Natasha Crystal is determined to study mathematics. But the Soviets do not allow Jewish students—even those as brilliant as Natasha—to attend an institute as prestigious as Odessa University. With her hopes for the future dashed, Natasha must find a new purpose—one that leads her into the path of a dangerous young man. 

Brighton Beach, 2019. Zoe Venakovsky, known to her family as Zoya, has worked hard to leave the suffocating streets and small minds of Brighton Beach behind her—only to find that what she’s tried to outrun might just hold her true happiness. 

Moving from a Siberian gulag to the underground world of Soviet refuseniks to oceanside Brooklyn, The Nesting Dolls is a heartbreaking yet ultimately redemptive story of circumstance, choice, and consequence—and three dynamic unforgettable women, all who will face hardships that force them to compromise their dreams as they fight to fulfill their destinies."
I'm really not sure what to expect from this book, but I thnk the setting and general plot setup make it sound like it'd be a pretty gripping read!

Splinters of Scarlet
Splinters of Scarlet by Emily Bain Murphy
Publication: July 21st, 2020
HMH Books for Young Readers
Hardcover. 306 pages.

"For Marit Olsen, magic is all about strategy: it flows freely through her blood, but every use leaves behind a deadly, ice-like build-up within her veins called the Firn. Marit knows how dangerous it is to let too much Firn build up—after all, it killed her sister—and she has vowed never to use her thread magic. But when Eve, a fellow orphan whom Marit views like a little sister, is adopted by the wealthy Helene Vestergaard, Marit will do anything to stay by Eve’s side. She decides to risk the Firn and uses magic to secure a job as a seamstress in the Vestergaard household. 

But Marit has a second, hidden agenda: her father died while working in the Vestergaards’ jewel mines—and it might not have been an accident. The closer Marit gets to the truth about the Vestergaard family, the more she realizes she and everyone she’s come to love are in danger. When she finds herself in the middle of a treacherous deception that goes all the way up to the king of Denmark, magic may be the only thing that can save her—if it doesn’t kill her first."
This cover is so beautiful! I think the thread magic sounds pretty intriguing, and I really want know more about this world--it sounds pretty unique!

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


  1. Ashes of the Sun is going to be my first Wexler too, I hope its good!

  2. Thank you for highlighting "The Nesting Dolls." I hope you enjoy it! - Alina

  3. I'm all in for Splinters of Scarley and the Wexler book sound good as well. I own one a YA book by the author but haven't read it yet. Maybe this will be my first too!

  4. Oh, my, that cover on Splinters of Scarlet! Wow!

  5. Splinters of Scarlet sounds so good! I also like the sound of the other two as well. I hope you love them when you read them!