Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Arabella the Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine

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 which will 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 . . .

Arabella the Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine

Arabella the Traitor of Mars by David D. Levine

Series: Adventures of Arabella Ashby #3

Published by Tor Books

Publishing date: July 31, 2018

Genre: Science Fiction, Steampunk

384 pages

Synopsis: Taking up almost immediately after the great Battle of Venus, Arabella has finally returned home to Mars to settle in to life with her husband, the mysterious Captain Singh. The Regent of the United Kingdom sets his eyes on solidifying his rule in the colonies and dispatches a fleet to better cement his control over Mars. Now Arabella and Singh must decide where their ultimate loyalties lie, with the Empire or with their home. 

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I’ve read the first two books in this series and I especially liked the first book–Arabella of Mars. I didn’t think the second book was quite as good, but I still can’t wait to read this one. Arabella is a great character and the stories are very imaginative. And what a good cover!

What books are you looking forward to reading?

Waiting on Wednesday: March 8

I am participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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arabella-and-the-battle-of-venus-by-david-d-levineArabella and the Battle of Venus

by David D. Levine

Series: Adventures of Arabella Ashby #2

Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera

Publication date: July 18

Synopsis: The thrilling adventures of Arabella Ashby continue in the second book in Hugo-winning author David D. Levine’s swashbuckling sci-fi, alt-history series!

The swashbuckling Arabella Ashby is back for brand new adventure in the ongoing story of her life among the stars.

Arabella’s wedding plans to marry Captain Singh of the Honorable Mars Trading Company are interrupted when her fiancé is captured by the French and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp on swampy Venus. Now, Arabella must find passage to an enemy-controlled planet in the middle of a war, bribe or fight her way past vicious guards, and rescue her Captain.

To do this she must enlist the help of the dashing privateer, Daniel Fox of the Touchstone and build her own clockwork navigational automaton in order to get to Venus before the dread French general, Joseph Fouché, the Executioner of Lyon.

Once on Venus, Arabella, Singh, and Fox soon discover that Napoleon has designed a secret weapon, one that could subjugate the entire galaxy if they can’t discover a way to stop Fouché, and the entire French army, from completing their emperor’s mandate.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I loved the first book in this series–Arabella of Mars. It’s a great adventure story.
  • I’m really looking forward to finding out what happens next in this series.
  • Space opera is one of my favorite kinds of science fiction.
  • The series’ covers are wonderful.

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Waiting on Wednesday: April 13

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

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arabella-of-marsArabella of Mars by David D. Levine

Series: Unknown

Publication Date: July 12

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Ever since Newton witnessed a bubble rising from his bathtub, mankind has sought the stars. When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, they proved that space travel was both possible and profitable.

Now, one century later, a plantation in the flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby. A tomboy who shares her father’s deft hand with complex automatons. Being raised on the Martian frontier by her Martian nanny, Arabella is more a wild child than a proper young lady. Something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

Arabella soon finds herself trying to navigate an alien world until a dramatic change in her family’s circumstances forces her to defy all conventions in order to return to Mars in order to save both her brother and the plantation. To do this, Arabella must pass as a boy on the Diana, a ship serving the Mars Trading Company with a mysterious Indian captain who is intrigued by her knack with automatons. Arabella must weather the naval war between Britain and France, learning how to sail, and a mutinous crew if she hopes to save her brother from certain death.

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Why I want this book

  • First of all, the name reminds me of one of my favorite Heinlein books–Podkayne of Mars. I don’t know that the two books have anything in common, but I like the name!
  • This has a steampunk vibe and is an alternate history. Sounds good!
  • I love the cover.

What about you? Is there some book you are waiting impatiently for?