Dear Rebellious Readers,
I Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Usually it is a new or upcoming release. For me it will be either a new release, an upcoming release, or a book I just bought or won, was gifted, or a book I was given for review.
This week my pick is Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst. It is the long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars which come out in 2016 It was the December Owlcrate Book and the theme was Epic. Of Fire and Stars hadn’t been on my radar and was excited to read it but it set on my TBR for a few years until I finally read it in 2018 and was I was blown away with the writing and characters. This was my first f/f romance and I loved that it was set in this awesome Fantasy world and it is a forbidden romance as well as enemies to lovers. 2 of my all-time favorite romance tropes. It was told from both girls PoVs. It alternated every chapter and I loved being inside both of their heads. I didn’t think there was going to be a sequel and when I saw there was I screamed with joy and scared my cat. LOL
Of Ice and Shadows by Audrey Coulthurst
Sequel to Of Fire and Stars
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Published by Balzer + Bray
Publishing date: August 13th 2019
Summary from Goodreads:
The long-awaited sequel to Of Fire and Stars—in which Mare and Denna travel to a new and dangerous kingdom where Denna must be trained to tame her magic by a mysterious queen who is not all she seems. Perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore and Tamora Pierce.
Princesses Denna and Mare are in love and together at last—only to face a new set of dangers.
Mare just wants to settle down with the girl she loves, which would be easier if Denna weren’t gifted with forbidden and volatile fire magic. Denna must learn to control her powers, which means traveling in secret to the kingdom of Zumorda, where she can seek training without fear of persecution. Determined to help, Mare has agreed to serve as an ambassador as a cover for their journey.
But just after Mare and Denna arrive in Zumorda, an attack on a border town changes everything. Mare’s diplomatic mission is now urgent: She must quickly broker an alliance with the Zumordan queen to protect her homeland. However, the queen has no interest in allying with other kingdoms—it’s Denna’s untamed but powerful magic that catches her eye. The queen offers to teach Denna herself, and both girls know it would be dangerous to refuse.
As Denna’s powers grow stronger, Mare does her best to be the ambassador her kingdom needs. Her knowledge of Zumorda and its people grows, and so too do her suspicions about the queen’s intentions. With rising tensions and unexpected betrayals putting Mare and Denna in jeopardy and dangerous enemies emerging on all sides, can they protect their love and save their kingdoms?
What book are you waiting on or can’t wait to read?
Yours in Rebellion,
Nicole The Reading Rebel