Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrew Stewart, The City of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, & Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson

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 Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart
Publication: November 11th, 2021
Hardcover. 416 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | IndieBound

"The Emperor is Dead. Long live the Emperor. 

Lin Sukai finally sits on the throne she won at so much cost, but her struggles are only just beginning. Her people don’t trust her. Her political alliances are weak. And in the north-east of the Empire, a rebel army of constructs is gathering, its leader determined to take the throne by force. 

Yet an even greater threat is on the horizon, for the Alanga – the powerful magicians of legend – have returned to the Empire. They claim they come in peace, and Lin will need their help in order to defeat the rebels and restore peace. 

But can she trust them?"
The Bone Shard Daughter was a really interesting story, and I felt really unsure of whether or not I wanted to continue the series when I first finished it... but since then, I find myself thinking about it a decent bit and looking forward to the sequel, and now I'm really curious to see how this story will continue. 


The City of Mist: Stories by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Publication: October 23rd, 2021
Harper Perennial
Paperback. 208 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | IndieBound

"Return to the mythical Barcelona library known as the Cemetery of Forgotten Books in this posthumous collection of stories from the New York Times bestselling author of The Shadow of the Wind and The Labyrinth of the Spirits. 

Bestselling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón conceived of this collection of stories as an appreciation to the countless readers who joined him on the extraordinary journey that began with The Shadow of the Wind. Comprising eleven stories, most of them never before published in English, The City of Mist offers the reader compelling characters, unique situations, and a gothic atmosphere reminiscent of his beloved Cemetery of Forgotten Books quartet. 

The stories are mysterious, imbued with a sense of menace, and told with the warmth, wit, and humor of Zafón's inimitable voice. A boy decides to become a writer when he discovers that his creative gifts capture the attentions of an aloof young beauty who has stolen his heart. A labyrinth maker flees Constantinople to a plague-ridden Barcelona, with plans for building a library impervious to the destruction of time. A strange gentleman tempts Cervantes to write a book like no other, each page of which could prolong the life of the woman he loves. And a brilliant Catalan architect named Antoni Gaudí reluctantly agrees to cross the ocean to New York, a voyage that will determine the fate of an unfinished masterpiece. "
The Shadow of the Wind remains one of my favorite books (and it really needs a re-read...), and I am so thrilled to see that Carlos Ruiz Zafon has written even more in this world! I have loved just about everything he's written, so I am excited to check these stories out. 


Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson
Publication: November 16h, 2021
William Morrow
Hardcover. 896 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon | IndieBound

"A visionary technothriller about climate change. 

Neal Stephenson’s sweeping, prescient new novel transports readers to a near-future world where the greenhouse effect has inexorably resulted in a whirling-dervish troposphere of superstorms, rising sea levels, global flooding, merciless heat waves, and virulent, deadly pandemics. 

One man has a Big Idea for reversing global warming, a master plan perhaps best described as “elemental.” But will it work? And just as important, what are the consequences for the planet and all of humanity should it be applied? 

Ranging from the Texas heartland to the Dutch royal palace in the Hague, from the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas to the sunbaked Chihuahuan Desert, Termination Shock brings together a disparate group of characters from different cultures and continents who grapple with the real-life repercussions of global warming. Ultimately, it asks the question: Might the cure be worse than the disease?"
I've still yet to make it through a Neal Stephenson book, but once again one of his books sounds really interesting and I'd love to have the opportunity to check it out!

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


  1. Termination Shock sounds like a great read - almost creepily realistic!

  2. I enjoyed The Bone Shard Daughter too but I wasn't blown away by it like other readers were. But I'd like to read the sequel too😁

  3. I hope you enjoy these when you get a chance to read them :)

  4. Nice picks. The City of Mist sounds good to me. Hope you enjoy them all!

  5. I have not yet tried Stephenson and I've heard different things, but I'm really getting into climate SF lately and this sounds intriguing!

  6. I loved The Shadow of the Wind too, so I'm very interested in this collection of stories. Love that atmospheric cover too.