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This week I'm working my way through an ARC of Justin Lee Anderson's The Lost War and I'm having a great time with it! This book was originally self-published and has now been picked up by Orbit with a new release date in May, so it has a few cover editions in existence already. Let's have a look at them!
2023 Orbit US Paperback | 2019 Paperback
2020 Kindle Edition | 2020 Audiobook Edition
I actually quite like the original 2019 paperback edition cover of this one! I like the green and general idea of what Orbit is doing with the new edition, but I don't really care for the general illustrations of the characters and the style they used, which reminds me of the style they did for Sam Sykes' Seven Blades in Black, which I really disliked. And that Kindle edition looks pretty epic as well! Which cover(s) do you like the most?
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 Lost War by Justin Lee Anderson Publication: May 16th, 2023 Orbit Paperback. 528 pages. Pre-order: Amazon | Bookshop.org
From Goodreads: "The war is over, but peace can be hell.
Demons continue to burn farmlands, violent mercenaries roam the wilds, and a plague is spreading. The country of Eidyn is on its knees.
In a society that fears and shuns him, Aranok is the first mage to be named King's Envoy. And his latest task is to restore an exiled foreign queen to her throne.
The band of allies he assembles each have their own unique skills. But they are strangers to one another, and at every step across the ravaged land, a new threat emerges, lies are revealed, and distrust could destroy everything they are working for. Somehow, Aranok must bring his companions together and uncover the conspiracy that threatens the kingdom—before war returns to the realms again."
I'm currently reading an ARC of The Lost War and I'm really enjoying it! I've been looking for a new big fantasy to get into, so I'm hoping this fills that void.
Atalanta by Jennifer Saint Publication: May 9th, 2023 Flatiron Books Hardcover. 304 pages. Pre-order:Amazon | Bookshop.org
From Goodreads: "When Princess Atalanta is born, a daughter rather than the son her parents hoped for, she is left on a mountainside to die. But even then, she is a survivor. Raised by a mother bear under the protective eye of the goddess Artemis, Atalanta grows up wild and free, with just one if she marries, Artemis warns, it will be her undoing.
Although she loves her beautiful forest home, Atalanta yearns for adventure. When Artemis offers her the chance to fight in her name alongside the Argonauts, the fiercest band of warriors the world has ever seen, Atalanta seizes it. The Argonauts' quest for the Golden Fleece is filled with impossible challenges, but Atalanta proves herself equal to the men she fights alongside. As she is swept into a passionate affair, in defiance of Artemis's warning, she begins to question the goddess's true intentions. Can Atalanta carve out her own legendary place in a world of men, while staying true to her heart?
Full of joy, passion, and adventure, Atalanta is the story of a woman who refuses to be contained. Jennifer Saint places Atalanta in the pantheon of the greatest heroes in Greek mythology, where she belongs."
Too many Greek myth retellings have been coming out lately, but... I'm still going to read them! I'm really excited to see this story about Atalanta and I feel like it's in good hands with Jennifer Saint.
The Book of Stolen Dreams by David Farr Publication: May 2nd, 2023 Graydon House Hardcover. 384 pages. Pre-order:Amazon | Bookshop.org
From Goodreads: "An exhilarating, awe-inspiring debut from a master storyteller writing for children for the first time, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman, Katherine Rundell and Eva Ibbotson.
Rachel and Robert live a grey, dreary life under the rule of cruel Charles Malstain. But when their librarian father enlists their help to steal a forbidden book, they are plunged into adventure. With their father captured, it is up to Rachel and Robert to uncover the secrets of the Book of Stolen Dreams and track down its mysteriously missing final page in order to save him.
What they are not expecting is to discover a family of ghosts, a door to the dead and that the Book grants the power of immortality. But they will do anything to stop it falling into Malstain's hands - for if it does, he could rule for ever.
Step inside the pages of an immortal adventure and discover a truly unforgettable journey of wonder, courage and magic..."
This sounds so fun! I haven't read any middle grade books in a while and I've missed their magic and joy, so I'm hoping to get a chance to check this one out. :) I'm a huge sucker for premises like this!