"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's "Waiting On" Wednesday selection is:
By Daniel Abraham
Publish Date: April 7, 2011 by Orbit
From Publishers Weekly:
Abraham starts this rich, exciting, and fresh epic fantasy series opener in a fairly standard fashion: an orphaned girl and a once great general escape from a city under siege with the help of a traveling theater troupe. But that's where the cliches end, for Marcus Wester would far rather guard humble caravans than cruel kings, and Cithrin bel Sarcour's loyalty is not to her long-dead noble parents but to the Medean Bank that took her in. Cithrin and Marcus must smuggle the treasury of the lost city of Vanai through a war zone in which every army seeks new sources of funds and every king wants this dead. With a deft and light hand, Abraham questions and explores the fantasy-world assumptions that most authors take for granted, telling an enjoyable and genuinely innovative adventure story along the way.
It's been awhile since I've read a novel considered "epic fantasy," and I think this book might be the one to get me back on that path. Although I don't mind certain cliches when used properly, it's refreshing to see characters who want to do what is right. Even if the odds are against you tenfold as with Marcus and Cithrin's situation. And I'm happy to say this one is being released this week, so awaiting it's arrival in the library's collection!
What are you waiting on this Wednesday? ^_^