Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, where we bloggers get a chance to feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait for!
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.
She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
I just. I just can’t with this blurb. There is so much incredible yes going on here.
First: THIS PREMISE. I always thought the framing story for A Thousand and One Nights was absolutely amazing. Think about it. There’s so much girl power and juicy potential going on here: a ruler is killing all his brides after a one-night-long marriage. A clever girl volunteers to marry him and tells stories to keep herself alive each night. This is pure gold, people. GOLD. You can do so much with a story like that – bring the characters to life, create plenty of moral ambiguity (because yay gray areas!), bring in some political intrigue (that’s just my fantasy-politics-driven brain talking), maybe even add some romance. And this blurb looks like it’s promising some of this. Maybe more. And that EXCITES ME.
The protagonist. Just the blurb is making her sound so cool. Shazi is described here as someone clever who is seeking revenge for the sake of other girls, using her “wit and will” (what a cool phrase, gosh). This is my kind of heroine.
Look at this conflict. SQUEE. She’s falling in love with someone she thought was a killer! She’s trying to keep herself from getting executed by him! It looks like there are… secrets! And maybe magic! *shifty eyebrows*
Fantasy in a non-western setting. Just read the blurb once more and see for yourself. Non-western fantasy is necessary. And valuable. And it almost never fails to get me psyched to read a book.
The title. Do I even have to explain how amazing this title is?
And the cover. Design win. That’s all I can say on the subject.
The only thing I don’t like about the sound of this book?
The six-month wait until it releases.