"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's WoW selection is...
Title: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Series: untitled series, book #1
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 27, 2016
When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .
Inspired by Romeo and Juliet, Bright Smoke, Cold Fire is a darkly romantic and atmospheric fantasy from acclaimed author Rosamund Hodge.
I am a HUGE fan of Rosamund Hodge's retellings. HUGE fan. So I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I was to see that The Midnight Garden revealed the cover to Hodge's newest foray into YA retellings on Monday -- and that it was a retelling of Romeo and Juliet but from the end of their tale! Oh, and it's a duology! Doesn't it sound absolutely amazing?!? And isn't that cover just stunning?!? I seriously can't remember a time when I've wanted a book more. (Okay, that's not entirely true, but I MUST HAVE IT!!!)
What are you desperately waiting for this Wednesday? Let us know in the comments or share a link to your own WoW post!