Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday (118): Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan #wow #yalit #fantasy #2016release

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Sword and Verse
Kathy MacMillan
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
Release Date: January 19, 2016

In a sweeping fantasy that award-winning author Franny Billingsley called "fascinating and unique," debut author Kathy MacMillan weaves palace intrigue and epic world building to craft a tale for fans of Rae Carson and Megan Whalen Turner.

Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training, who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.

Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that's been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn't helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground rebel army—to help liberate the city's slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

I could say some ugly things about similar books that have left me unsatisfied, so I'll just say that I'm hoping this one is a home run. *crosses fingers*

What are you waiting on this week?


  1. I cannot wait to read this book! I'm on a panel with Kathy in October discussing debuts author and blogger interactions. Super excited! I hope you enjoy this book when you read it!

    Have a fabulous week :)

    Check out my WoW post!

    1. That sounds so cool! Where will you be doing this panel?

  2. Great pick! I also hope this one is a home run!!

    My WoW

  3. I've not heard of this until now but I"ll have to check it out! I love fantasy.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

    1. YA fantasy is so hit or miss. I've read too many misses lately, and I'm really hopeful that this one is good.

  4. Great pick. Sword and Verse is new to me and it's going straight on the wish list :)

  5. Wow! Incredible cover. Just added it on my tbr shelf! Sounds pretty great :)

    Sofia @ SofiaLovesReading

  6. Oh I love that cover!! Great choice!

    My WOW:


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