Waiting on Wednesday: Spotlight on Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which encourages fellow bloggers to spotlight upcoming releases that we’re excited about.

My “Waiting On” Wednesday selection for this week is Shimmer and Burn by Mary Taranta.  Hopefully I’m not just judging a book by its cover here, but I definitely have to confess that the gorgeous cover is the number one reason why I was initially interested in this book.  After reading the synopsis though, my enthusiasm has only grown because it sounds like it’s going to be a very exciting read.  I also really like the premise of one sister trying to do whatever she can to save the other sister.

Shimmer and Burn

by Mary Taranta

Publication Date:  August 8, 2017

shimmer burnFrom Amazon:

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

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I’d love to hear what upcoming book releases you’re waiting on this Wednesday? Leave me your link in the comments below and I’ll stop by and check out your WoW selection for this week. 🙂

20 replies
  1. Angela
    Angela says:

    This one is new to me, but I too would have been drawn in by that beautiful cover! Sounds like an interesting read – I love the sister relationship as well.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yes, I’m actually hoping the sister relationship will be the focus of this one and that it won’t get overshadowed by a romance.

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Doesn’t it sound fun? I thought the smuggling magic bit made it sound more unique than some of the fantasy I’ve been reading lately.

  2. Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!)
    Alyssa Susanna (The Eater of Books!) says:

    I saw this one on another blogger’s WoW post today! Great minds think alike, methinks. 😉 I would love to see what the pubs do with the finished copy of this book – hopefully it is quite shiny and wonderful! I hope you enjoy this book when you get a chance to read it, Suzanne!

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Have a fantastic week. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Isn’t it? I think it’s one of the loveliest covers I’ve seen in a while. Hopefully the story will be equally as lovely 😉

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