Wednesday, May 10, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Gods of the Wyrdwood by R.J. Barker & The Grimoire of Grave Fates edited by Hanna Alkaf, Margaret Owen


 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: 

Gods of the Wyrdwood by R.J. Barker
Publication: June 13th, 2023
Paperback. 640 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"In a world locked in eternal winter and haunted by prophecy, a young boy trains for years to become the Chosen One, only for another to rise and claim his place in the start of an unmissable epic from a rising star in fantasy.

The northlands of Crua are locked in eternal winter, but prophecy tells of the chosen child – who will rule in the name of their God, and take warmth back from the South. Cahal du Nahere was raised to be this person: the Cowl-Rai, the saviour. Taken from his parents and prepared for his destiny.

But his time never came.

When he was fifteen he ceased to matter. Another Cowl-Rai had risen, another chosen one, raised in the name of a different God. The years of vicious physical and mental training he had endured, the sacrifice, all for nothing. He became nothing.

Twenty years later, and Cahal lives a life of secrecy on the edges of Crua’s giant forests – hiding what he is, running from what he can do. But when he is forced to reveal his true nature, he sets off a sequence of events that will reveal secrets that will shake the bedrock of his entire world, and expose lies that have persisted for generations

I am always excited to see new work from R.J. Barker and I love the premise and setting for this one. This sounds so interesting, and I'm loving the way it sounds like it'll place with a prophecy/chosen one trope.

The Grimoire of Grave Fates edited by Hanna Alkaf & Margaret Owen
Publication: June 6th, 2023
Delacorte Press
Hardcover. 464 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
Crack open your spell book and enter the world of the illustrious Galileo Academy for the Extraordinary. There's been a murder on campus, and it's up to the students of Galileo to solve it. Follow 18 authors and 18 students as they puzzle out the clues and find the guilty party.

Professor of Magical History Septimius Dropwort has just been murdered, and now everyone at the Galileo Academy for the Extraordinary is a suspect.

A prestigious school for young magicians, the Galileo Academy has recently undergone a comprehensive overhaul, reinventing itself as a roaming academy in which students of all cultures and identities are celebrated. In this new Galileo, every pupil is welcome--but there are some who aren't so happy with the recent changes. That includes everyone's least favorite professor, Septimius Dropwort, a stodgy old man known for his harsh rules and harsher punishments. But when the professor's body is discovered on school grounds with a mysterious note clenched in his lifeless hand, the Academy's students must solve the murder themselves, because everyone's a suspect.

Told from more than a dozen alternating and diverse perspectives, The Grimoire of Grave Fates follows Galileo's best and brightest young magicians as they race to discover the truth behind Dropwort's mysterious death. Each one of them is confident that only they have the skills needed to unravel the web of secrets hidden within Galileo's halls. But they're about to discover that even for straight-A students, magic doesn't always play by the rules. . . .

Contributors include: Cam Montgomery, Darcie Little Badger, Hafsah Faizal, Jessica Lewis, Julian Winters, Karuna Riazi, Kat Cho, Kayla Whaley, Kwame Mbalia, L. L. McKinney, Marieke Nijkamp, Mason Deaver, Natasha Diaz, Preeti Chhibber, Randy Ribay, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Victoria Lee, and Yamile Saied Mendez.

I have no idea if the execution of this will work and I haven't been loving YA for a while now, but I am really intrigued by this whole premise of different authors each tackling a different character for this mystery. I can't wait to check it out!

What books are you looking forward to?


  1. Interesting to have the "chosen one" actually turn out to not be so!

  2. Ooo... what an interesting book - a variety of authors each giving part of the whodunit in a Hogwarts-style setting... Thank you for sharing:).

  3. I like the sound of the second one. I'm the same way- I've really fallen away from YA lately, but...

  4. So excited for Gods of the Wyrd Wood, and The Grimoire of Grave Fates sounds pretty unique😁