Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (169): Crow Edition

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I am excited for The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson and The Merciful Crow by Margaret Own! That's right, it's Waiting on Wednesday Crow Edition!

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In The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson, crows are magical. That's right, magical crows. The only problem? All the crows are killed when an empire invades. The main character Anthia goes into a deep depression, until she discovers a crow egg in the rubble of a former rookery. As someone with depression, I'm interested to see how it's represented here. I'm also excited to see depression outside of so-called 'issue books' where the entire plot focuses on it. Another thing I'm excited for in the book is the sister relationship. Anthia works with her sister Caliza (who's also running the country) to secretly hatch the egg. Along with all the magical crow shenanigans, Anthia is also forced to get engaged to the crown of prince of the empire that invaded and killed her mother. There's a lot going on here, and I am ready to dig in!


In the tropical kingdom of Rhodaire, magical, elemental Crows are part of every aspect of life...until the Illucian empire invades, destroying everything.

That terrible night has thrown Princess Anthia into a deep depression. Her sister Caliza is busy running the kingdom after their mother's death, but all Thia can do is think of all she has lost.

But when Caliza is forced to agree to a marriage between Thia and the crown prince of Illucia, Thia is finally spurred into action. And after stumbling upon a hidden Crow egg in the rubble of a rookery, she and her sister devise a dangerous plan to hatch the egg in secret and get back what was taken from them.

Release: July 9, 2019

The next book I'm excited for is The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen. This book does not have magical crows. Instead, the main character Fire belongs to the Crow caste, which is the lowest in their society. I saw a cool thread on Twitter from the author yesterday about Fie. In the beginning of the novel she is illiterate, and over the course of the book learns how to read. To tie in to that, how the book is written changes. It's cool but kinda complicated, so I'm gonna leave the link to the thread here. Through a series of events, Fie ends up entangled in a royal plot and is offered the chance of a lifetime. In exchange for acting as a bodyguard to the crown prince, he'll protect the Crow caste when he rules. I can't wait to read Fie's story!


A future chieftain

Fie abides by one rule: look after your own. Her Crow caste of undertakers and mercy-killers takes more abuse than coin, but when they’re called to collect royal dead, she’s hoping they’ll find the payout of a lifetime.

A fugitive prince

When Crown Prince Jasimir turns out to have faked his death, Fie’s ready to cut her losses—and perhaps his throat. But he offers a wager that she can’t refuse: protect him from a ruthless queen, and he’ll protect the Crows when he reigns.

A too-cunning bodyguard

Hawk warrior Tavin has always put Jas’s life before his, magically assuming the prince’s appearance and shadowing his every step. But what happens when Tavin begins to want something to call his own?

Release: July 30, 2019

And here's another crow for the road! What books are you excited for this week?

Photo from the New York Times

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