Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Angel of the Crows by Katherine Addison

A fascinating sounding historical fantasy alternate world

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

The Angel of the Crows

by Katherine Addison

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor Books

Publication date: June 23

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Alternate World

Synopsis: This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.

In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings under a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.

Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.

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I’ve read at least one book by Katherine Addison and this sounds fascinating!

Waiting on Wednesday–September 9

Waiting-on-WednesdayI have decided to participate in Waiting on Wednesday at least occasionally . . . when I discover a book I am impatiently waiting for!  Breaking the Spine blog hosts Waiting on Wednesday–a time each week we can spotlight upcoming releases. Visit the blog to find out more information and to leave your link on her blog.

The book I’m excited about: The Pyramids of London (The Trifold Age #1) by Andrea K. Höst — Expected publication December 2014 (published by Andrea K. Höst)

I haven’t read all of Ms. Höst’s books (because I want to save a few!) However, I’ve loved every one of the seven books I’ve read and really look forward to this book. One of the things I like best about Ms. Höst’s writing is that each book or series is different from the others: fantasy, science fiction, young adult fantasy, young adult science fiction. Each is unique. I really like that. And I’m equally impressed that she self-publishes her books.

This book has a beautiful cover and sounds awesome: An alternate history steampunk Europe–I can’t wait!

 

From Goodreads:

In a world where lightning sustained the Roman Empire, and Egypt’s vampiric god-kings spread their influence through medicine and good weather, tiny Prytennia’s fortunes are rising with the ships that have made her undisputed ruler of the air.

But the peace of recent decades is under threat. Rome’s automaton-driven wealth is waning along with the Imperium’s supply of power crystals, while Sweden uses fear of Rome to add to her Protectorates. And Prytennia is under attack from the wind itself. Relentless daily blasts destroy crops, buildings, and lives, and neither the weather vampires nor Prytennia’s Trifold Goddess have been able to find a way to stop them.

With events so grand scouring the horizon, the deaths of Eiliff and Aedric Tenning raise little interest. The official verdict is accident: two careless automaton crafters, killed by their own construct.

The Tenning children and Aedric’s sister, Arianne, know this cannot be true. Nothing will stop their search for what really happened.

Not even if, to follow the first clue, Aunt Arianne must sell herself to a vampire.

 To find out a bit more about Ms. Höst check out her blog.