Welcome back to Waiting on Wednesday! WoW is a weekly meme originating on Breaking the Spine. Here’s what I’m looking forward to this week:
Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller
Synopsis (from Goodreads):
Perfect for fantasy fans of Sarah J. Maas and Leigh Bardugo, the first book in this new duology features a compelling gender fluid main character, impressive worldbuilding, and fast-paced action.
Sallot Leon is a thief, and a good one at that. But gender fluid Sal wants nothing more than to escape the drudgery of life as a highway robber and get closer to the upper-class―and the nobles who destroyed their home.
When Sal steals a flyer for an audition to become a member of The Left Hand―the Queen’s personal assassins, named after the rings she wears―Sal jumps at the chance to infiltrate the court and get revenge.
But the audition is a fight to the death filled with clever circus acrobats, lethal apothecaries, and vicious ex-soldiers. A childhood as a common criminal hardly prepared Sal for the trials. And as Sal succeeds in the competition, and wins the heart of Elise, an intriguing scribe at court, they start to dream of a new life and a different future, but one that Sal can have only if they survive.
Release date: September 5, 2017
Why I’m waiting: I’m really excited about this one, you guys. Not only does it have a plot of courtly intrigue (which I’m such a sucker for!) I’m also really interested to read about a genderfluid protagonist, as I’ve not encountered many in fiction before and I’m actively trying to diversity my reading habits. The synopsis also gives me a bit of a Throne of Glass vibe (but different!) so I’m definitely interested to see where this goes.
Over to you, book lovers: what are you waiting on this Wednesday?