Waiting on Wednesday: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Paperback, 448 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Cursed Queen by Sarah Fine

The Cursed Queen (The Impostor Queen, #2)

Hardcover, 432 pages
Expected publication: January 3rd 2017 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
As you may recall, I reviewed The Impostor Queen earlier this year, so I was excited when I got my hands on a copy of the sequel at work.  I really liked the idea and the concept of the first book, but it definitely felt like more of an introduction to the world.  I’m ready to see the author expand on the world building and create more depth to the characters.  Watch out for my review in the future!

Summary:

Ansa has always been a fighter.

As a child, she fought the invaders who murdered her parents and snatched her as a raid prize. She fought for her place next to Thyra, the daughter of the Krigere Chieftain. She fought for her status as a warrior in her tribe: blood and victory are her way of life. But the day the Krigere cross the great lake and threaten the witch queen of the Kupari, everything changes.

Cursed by the queen with fire and ice, Ansa is forced to fight against an invisible enemy—the dark magic that has embedded itself deep in her bones. The more she tries to hide it, the more dangerous it becomes. And with the Krigere numbers decimated and the tribe under threat from the traitorous brother of the dead Chieftain, Ansa is torn between her loyalty to the Krigere, her love for Thyra, and her own survival instincts.

With her world in chaos and each side wanting to claim her for their own, only one thing is certain: unless Ansa can control the terrible magic inside her, everything she’s fought for will be destroyed.

Book Review: Monstress #1: Awakening by Marjorie Liu

Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening

Paperback, 202 pages
Published July 19th 2016 by Image Comics
 This was such a fun read!  I was worried that it was being overhyped, but it was not.  Both the story and the artwork was luscious and played off each other with ease.  This is a great fit for anyone looking for a more diverse graphic novel and fans of Marjorie Liu should be ecstatic about another well-made story.
Book two doesn’t have a release date yet, but I believe these were being released in single magazine format as well…  Maybe?  I’m definitely going to have to go looking to find out.  I’m really excited to know what happens next in this story!

Summary:

Set in an alternate world of art deco beauty and steampunk horror, Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivors of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind…and all the while, the monster within begins to awaken…

Collecting: Monstress 1-6