Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that I’m looking forward to. My WOW postings won’t be weekly, but they’ll come on Wednesdays when my blogging schedule is open and when I add a yet-to-be-published book to my wishlist.
It’s going to be a quiet week here at the blog. After immersing myself in novel-writing land for a few days, I’m now focusing on finishing new articles for DIY MFA and A Bibliophile’s Reverie. So, it’s a good week to sneak in a Waiting On Wednesday!
This Wednesday, I’m waiting on Rachel Hartman’s Shadow Scale, which comes out in March. I read Hartman’s first novel Seraphina in November and enjoyed its whimsical blend of humor, well-rounded characters, musicality, and original dragon lore and culture. From the sounds of Shadow Scale‘s blurb below, it’s going to pick up right where Seraphina left off as our heroine goes off to find others of her kind (half-dragon, half-human). It may mean that certain supporting characters from Seraphina might not appear this time – yet I’m sure Hartman will give us plenty of reasons to be endeared to the new “cast members” who join Seraphina’s journey.
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
What book(s) are you waiting on this Wednesday? Are you also looking forward to Shadow Scale?