Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday #155: A River of Royal Blood by Amanda Joy and Gravemaidens by Kelly Coon

Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:

A River of Royal Blood

By: Amanda Joy

Expected Publication Date: October 29th, 2019 

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An enthralling debut perfect for fans of Children of Blood and Bone set in a North African-inspired fantasy world where two sisters must fight to the death to win the crown.

Sixteen-year-old Eva is a princess, born with the magick of marrow and blood--a dark and terrible magick that hasn't been seen for generations in the vibrant but fractured country of Myre. Its last known practitioner was Queen Raina, who toppled the native khimaer royalty and massacred thousands, including her own sister, eight generations ago, thus beginning the Rival Heir tradition. Living in Raina's long and dark shadow, Eva must now face her older sister, Isa, in a battle to the death if she hopes to ascend to the Ivory Throne--because in the Queendom of Myre only the strongest, most ruthless rulers survive.

When Eva is attacked by an assassin just weeks before the battle with her sister, she discovers there is more to the attempt on her life than meets the eye--and it isn't just her sister who wants to see her dead. As tensions escalate, Eva is forced to turn to a fey instructor of mythic proportions and a mysterious and handsome khimaer prince for help in growing her magick into something to fear. Because despite the love she still has for her sister, Eva will have to choose: Isa's death or her own.

A River of Royal Blood is an enthralling debut set in a lush North African inspired fantasy world that subtly but powerfully challenges our notions of power, history, and identity.

Oooh! Two sisters who are forced to fight each other to the death?  Sounds interesting!

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By: Kelly Coon

Expected Publication: October 29th, 2019 

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The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land's greatest honor...and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave.

In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.

When Alu's ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.

But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.

Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.

A Kingdom that is secretly killing innocent people?  This sounds really interesting!

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So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!


  1. These are both great picks. They sound so good!

  2. Both of these sound so good! And those covers? Gorgeous! Great picks! :)

  3. I've got an ARC of the first one to read. Both are on my TBR though. Thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post on Lisa Loves Literature earlier!

  4. They both sound great. Though the first reminds me very much of Children Of Blood And Bone. Love the cover Gravemaidens has. So pretty. Thank you for sharing them. Happy reading!

  5. I really like the sound of Gravemaidens and the cover is so pretty.

  6. Siblings pitted against each other like that always makes me a little sad. I like the sound of Gravemaidens better. I do hope you enjoy them both though!

  7. OH! Both of these for me!! I'm about to start Gravemaidens and I'm super excited. 😍

  8. Gravemaidens is one I am really looking forward to. I haven't heard of the first book you feature here, but I love that cover. And it sounds even better. I'll have to add that to my wish list too.