So, once again I am running behind on my monthly article… But you know how it is, with work and school and everything starting again. I’ve been busy, but I’m doing my best to catch up 😉 Anyway, I am back today to talk about the Reading News for August.
So let’s talk about all the news, reveals and amazing information that came from the bookish world this past month!
A spin-off series and a stand alone for V. E. Schwab
Back when I read A Conjuring of Light, I felt as though something was missing. It was epic, don’t get me wrong, but many questions were left unanswered and I didn’t fully get the conclusion I wanted to. But I might just get that after all. Indeed, a couple of weeks ago, V.E. Schwab announced that she will be releasing a spin-off trilogy to her Shades of Magic series.
This new series, entitled The Threads of Power will follow a new cast of characters as well as the ones from Shades. Each novel in the spin off will focus on one main character but all three of the books will be intertwined. We don’t have a publication date nor a title for the first book yet, but we should know more about that real soon.
As if that wasn’t good enough, Schwab also announced that she’s working on a new stand alone novel called Black Tabs. The story of a young female assassin living in a futuristic New York. I am already hooked!
A novella in the ACOTAR universe
A few weeks ago, Sarah J. Maas revealed a release date and a synopsis for the next book coming up in the ACOTAR universe. It won’t be a full novel, but a novella. If you remember, it was previously announced that we will get three more novels as well as two novels in this universe.
This first novella, coming out next May, will make the connection between the original series and the next books. Set up after the events of A Court of Wings and Ruin it will be told from Feyre AND Rhysand’s points of views (happy dance) !!! Plus, this is a 200 pages long novella. Perfect to wait until we get a full on novel.
“Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly changed world beyond.
But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming.
As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated – scars that will have a far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.”
A new cover and a title for Ember 3
This past month, we finally got the cover and the title for the next book in the An Ember in the Ashes series. Called A Reaper at the Gates, this third book in the series will come out on April 10th. Here’s the cover and the synopsis :
“Beyond the Empire and within it, the threat of war looms ever larger.
The Blood Shrike, Helene Aquilla, is assailed on all sides. Emperor Marcus, haunted by his past, grows increasingly unstable, while the Commandant capitalizes on his madness to bolster her own power. As Helene searches for a way to hold back the approaching darkness, her sister’s life and the lives of all those in the Empire hang in the balance.
Far to the east, Laia of Serra knows the fate of the world lies not in the machinations of the Martial court, but in stopping the Nightbringer. But while hunting for a way to bring him down, Laia faces unexpected threats from those she hoped would aid her, and is drawn into a battle she never thought she’d have to fight.
And in the land between the living and the dead, Elias Veturius has given up his freedom to serve as Soul Catcher. But in doing so, he has vowed himself to an ancient power that will stop at nothing to ensure Elias’s devotion—even at the cost of his humanity.”
As you will have noticed, the third book went through a big cover change. This was something the author has been asking for, as she wanted covers with a better representation of people of colour. This decision makes perfect sense, and I really respect Sabaa Tahir’s choice.
That being said, I still wished the series had matching covers. Both An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night will be getting new, matching covers but only in paperback, while Reaper will be coming out in hardback… too bad!
The Darkest Minds gets a new look
To celebrate the upcoming release of the movie adaptation, the Darkest Minds series is getting a do over. The series and the novella bind-up will be coming out with a new paperback edition next January. And, I don’t know about you, but I find the new covers absolutely stunning!
Cover reveal for Obsidio
Saving the best for last… in early August we FINALLY discovered the cover and the synopsis for Obsidio, the third and final installment in The Illuminae Files. And I am completely in love with it! Obsidio comes out next March, after being pushed back a couple of months. Here’s the synopsis :
“Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?
Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.
With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heroes will fall, and hearts will be broken.”
I don’t know about you, but I am beyond excited about this book and I look forward to reading it and reviewing it over here 🙂