Can’t Wait Wednesday – THE WAY BACK by Gavriel Savit


“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.  It is a meme that I have  loved participating in for over a year now, but as Jill is no longer actively posting, from now on I’ll be linking to Can’t Wait Wednesday, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings, which is a spinoff of the original WoW meme.

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My selection for this week is THE WAY BACK by Gavriel Savit.  I was initially drawn to this book because the cover is so gorgeous, but then as I read the blurb, I became even more captivated.  I love that the story pulls from Jewish folklore and was fascinated by the whole idea of demons having a world of their own and that these two teens have to travel through it and interact with the demons.


THE WAY BACK by Gavriel Savit

Publication Date: September 15, 2020


From Netgalley

Perfect for readers of Neil Gaiman and Philip Pullman, a sweeping historical fantasy that follows two teens on a journey through the Far Country, a Jewish land of spirits and demons.

For the Jews of Eastern Europe, demons are everywhere: dancing on the rooftops in the darkness of midnight, congregating in the trees, harrowing the dead, even reaching out to try and steal away the living.

But the demons have a land of their own: a Far Country peopled with the souls of the transient dead, governed by demonic dukes, barons, and earls. When the Angel of Death comes strolling through the little shtetl of Tupik one night, two young people will be sent spinning off on a journey through the Far Country. There they will make pacts with ancient demons, declare war on Death himself, and maybe– just maybe–find a way to make it back alive.

Drawing inspiration from the Jewish folk tradition, The Way Back is a dark adventure sure to captivate readers of Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book and Philip Pullman’s The Book of Dust.



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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 CWW selection for this week. 🙂

26 replies
  1. verushka
    verushka says:

    This sound utterly amazing, and the focus on Jewish folklore even more so. It’s definitely giving me Neil Gaiman vibes too. Great pick, Suzanne!

  2. Vi @Inkvotary
    Vi @Inkvotary says:

    The summary reminds me a bit of Jonathan Stroud and his books. I am not familiar with Jewish folklore but combined with a fantasy novel it sounds like this one could be a very interesting read. Hope you will enjoy it.

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