Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Empire's Ruin by Brian Staveley, Small Favors by Erin A. Craig, & A Radical Act of Free Magic by H.G. Parry

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: 
The Empire's Ruin (Ashes of the Unhewn Throne, #1)
The Empire's Ruin by Brian Staveley
Publication: July 6th, 2021
Tor Books
Hardcover. 752 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"The Annurian Empire is disintegrating. The advantages it used for millennia have fallen to ruin. The ranks of the Kettral have been decimated from within, and the kenta gates, granting instantaneous travel across the vast lands of the empire, can no longer be used.
In order to save the empire, one of the surviving Kettral must voyage beyond the edge of the known world through a land that warps and poisons all living things to find the nesting ground of the giant war hawks. Meanwhile, a monk turned con-artist may hold the secret to the kenta gates.
But time is running out. Deep within the southern reaches of the empire and ancient god-like race has begun to stir.
What they discover will change them and the Annurian Empire forever. If they can survive."
This sounds like a particularly epic new story! 700+ pages at the start of a new fantasy is equally intimidating and exciting because it means there's a lot to explore, so I'm looking forward to checking this one out!

Small Favors
Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
Publication: July 27th, 2021
Delacorte Press
Hardcover. 480 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"Ellerie Downing lives in the quiet town of Amity Falls in the Blackspire Mountain range--five narrow peaks stretching into the sky like a grasping hand, bordered by a nearly impenetrable forest from which the early townsfolk fought off the devils in the woods. To this day, visitors are few and rare. But when a supply party goes missing, some worry that the monsters that once stalked the region have returned.
As fall turns to winter, more strange activities plague the town. They point to a tribe of devilish and mystical creatures who promise to fulfill the residents' deepest desires, however grand and impossible, for just a small favor. But their true intentions are much more sinister, and Ellerie finds herself in a race against time before all of Amity Falls, her family, and the boy she loves go up in flames."
I loved Craig's House of Salt and Sorrows, and part of what I loved about it was the atmosphere–which sounds like its going to be a big part of this book as well. Really excited for this one!

A Radical Act of Free Magic (The Shadow Histories, #2)
A Radical Act of Free Magic (The Shadow Histories #2) by H.G. Parry
Publication: July 20th, 2021
Hardcover. 464 pages.
Pre-order: AmazonIndieBound

"The Concord has been broken, and a war of magic engulfs the world.
In France, the brilliant young battle-mage Napoleon Bonaparte has summoned a kraken from the depths, and under his command the Army of the Dead have all but conquered Europe. Britain fights back, protected by the gulf of the channel and powerful fire-magic, but Wilberforce’s own battle to bring about free magic and abolition has met a dead end in the face of an increasingly fearful and repressive government. In Saint Domingue, Fina watches as Toussaint Louverture navigates these opposing forces to liberate the country.
But there is another, even darker war being fought beneath the surface: the first vampire war in hundreds of years. The enemy blood magician who orchestrated Robespierre’s downfall is using the Revolutionary Wars to bring about a return to dark magic to claim all of Europe. Across the world, only a few know of his existence and the choices they make will shape the new age of magic."
H.G. Parry's books have been consistently fantastic, so I'm really looking forward to this sequel! I am actually thinking of re-reading the first book before diving into this one because I really think I might need that refresher...

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


  1. That cover on Small Favors - just wow! And the blurb sounds amazing!

  2. House of Salt and Sorrows was a mixed bag for me, but I have to admit I'm really drawn to Small Favors! Adding it to Goodreads right now😁

  3. These are all new to me and sound awesome! Thanks for sharing! :)

  4. Small Favors is one I would really like to read. You have me curious about J.G. Parry's series. A Radical Act of Free Magic sounds so good! I'll have to check out the first book. I hope you enjoy all three of these when you read them!