Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Can't-Wait Wednesday: The Darkness Before Them by Matthew Ward & The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor


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 Darkness Before Them by Matthew Ward
Publication: November 7th, 2023
Paperback. 576 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"The first in an exciting, action-packed new trilogy from epic fantasy author Matthew Ward,  The Darkness Before Them introduces readers to a world ruled by a dangerous immortal king, where souls fuel magic, and a supernatural mist known as the Veil threatens to engulf the land.

These are dark times for the Kingdom of Khalad. As the magical mists of the Veil devour the land, the populace struggles beneath the rule of ruthless noble houses and their uncaring immortal king.

Kat doesn’t care about any of that. A talented thief, she’s pursuing one big score that will settle the debt that destroyed her family. No easy feat in a realm where indentured spirits hold vigil over every vault and treasure room. However, Kat has a unique she can speak to those spirits, and even command them. And she has no qualms using her power to her advantage.

Kat’s not a hero. She just wants to be free. To have her old life back. But as rebellion rekindles and the war for Khalad’s future begins, everyone—Kat included—will have to pick a side.

I enjoyed Matthew Ward's previous trilogy, which was a pretty huge epic fantasy with tons of characters and really intricate world-building and magic system, so I'm excited to see what he comes up with for this next one!

The Fiction Writer by Jillian Cantor
Publication: November 28th, 2023
Park Row
Paperback. 304 pages.
Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"Last night I dreamt I went to Malibu again…

The once-rising literary star Olivia Fitzgerald is down on her luck. Her most recent novel—a retelling of Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca—was a flop, her boyfriend of nine years just dumped her and she’s battling a bad case of writer’s block. So when her agent calls her with a high-paying ghostwriting opportunity, Olivia is all too willing to sign the NDA.

At first, the write-for-hire job seems too good to be true. All she has to do is interview Henry “Ash” Asherwood, a reclusive mega billionaire, twice named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, who wants her help in writing a book that reveals a shocking secret about his late grandmother and Daphne du Maurier. But when Olivia arrives at his Malibu estate, nothing is as it seems. The more Olivia digs into his grandmother’s past, the more questions she has—and before she knows it, she’s trapped in a gothic mystery of her own.

With as many twists and turns as the California coast, The Fiction Writer is a page-turner that explores the boundaries of creative freedom and whose stories we have the right to tell.

I hear this one is a little crazy and ridiculous, which sounds like an entertaining time to me! I'm always a bit of sucker for premises like these, so I'm curious to see how it'll be.


  1. The Fiction Writer had me at Rebecca - I loved that book, so it'll be interesting to see how the author incorporates it.

  2. These look fun, especially the first one. the world building does sound awesome!!

  3. Oooh! Both of these books look interesting, especially the Fiction Writer! Great picks! Here’s my WoW

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  4. I haven't heard of The Fiction Writer before but it's tempting me!

  5. The Fiction Writer does sound like it will be wild. I am looking forward to that one. I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them!