Can’t-Wait Wednesday: The Way of the Shield by Marshall Ryan Maresca

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 . . .

the way of the shield by marshall ryan marescaThe Way of the Shield by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Series: Maradaine Elite #1

Published by DAW Books

Publishing date: October 2

Genre: Fantasy

400 pages

Synopsis: Dayne Heldrin always dreamed of being a member of the Tarian Order. In centuries past, the Elite Orders of Druthal were warriors that stood for order, justice, and the common people. But now, with constables, King’s Marshals, and a standing army, there is little need for such organizations, and the Tarian Order is one of the last remnants of this ancient legacy. Nevertheless, Dayne trained his body and mind, learned the arts of defense and fighting, to become a candidate for the Tarian Order.

When a failed rescue puts Dayne at fault for injuring the child of a powerful family, his future with the Tarians is in jeopardy. The Parliament controls the purse strings for the Order, and Dayne has angered the wrong members of Parliament. He returns to the capital city of Maradaine in shame, ready to be cast out of the Order when the period of his candidacy ends.

Dayne finds Maradaine in turmoil, as revolutions and dark conspiracies brew around him, threatening members of Parliament and common people alike. Dayne is drawn into the uproar, desperate not to have one more death or injury on his conscience, but the Order wants him to stay out of the situation. The city threatens to tear itself apart, and Dayne must decide between his own future and his vow to always stand between the helpless and harm.

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I really like how Marshall Ryan Maresca has written several series set in this universe. It is very fun to read these different books with different characters. Sometimes some of the things that happened in other series are mentioned in other series. I really like that. This sounds like another good start of a series that will show us another part of Maradaine.

Waiting on Wednesday: January 11

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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the-holver-alley-crew-by-marshall-ryan-marescaThe Holver Alley Crew

by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Series: The Streets of Maradaine #1

Genre: Fantasy

Publication date: March 7

Synopsis: The Rynax brothers had gone legit after Asti Rynax’s service in Druth Intelligence had shattered his nerves, and marriage and fatherhood convinced Verci Rynax to leave his life of thievery. They settled back in their old neighborhood in West Maradaine and bought themselves a shop, eager for a simple, honest life. Then the Holver Alley Fire incinerated their plans. With no home, no shop, and no honest income—and saddled with a looming debt—they fall back on their old skills and old friends.

With a crew of other fire victims, Asti and Verci plan a simple carriage heist, but the job spirals out of control as they learn that the fire was no accident. Lives in Holver Alley were destroyed out of a sadistic scheme to buy the land. Smoldering for revenge, burdened with Asti’s crumbling sanity, the brothers lead their crew of amateurs and washouts to take down those responsible for the fire, no matter the cost.

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I like that Marshall Ryan Maresca is writing about different groups of people, but who live in the same world. Sometimes things overlap between the groups in different series which is interesting.
  • The Maradaine Constabulary series is my favorite of the two series so far published. It is a police procedural set in a fantasy world which I really like.
  • This book is about a whole new set of people and set of problems.
  • A great cover.

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Waiting on Wednesday: August 24

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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an-import-of-intrigueAn Import of Intrigue

by Marshall Ryan Maresca

Series: The Maradaine Constabulary #2

Genre:  Fantasy, Mystery, Police Procedural

Publication date: November 1

Synopsis: Mixing high fantasy and mystery, this is Marshall Ryan Maresca’s second novel in the Maradaine Constabulary series, companion to DAW’s Maradaine Novels.

The neighborhood of the Little East is a collision of cultures, languages, and traditions, hidden away in the city of Maradaine. A set of streets to be avoided or ignored. When a foreign dignitary is murdered, solving the crime falls to the most unpopular inspectors in the Maradaine Constabulary: exposed fraud Satrine Rainey, and uncircled mage Minox Welling.

With a murder scene deliberately constructed to point blame toward the Little East, Rainey is forced to confront her former life, while Welling’s ignorance of his own power threatens to consume him. And these few city blocks threaten to erupt into citywide war unless the constabulary solves the case

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The reasons this book appeals to me:
  • I’ve waited for the cover of this second book in the series for a number of months! I kept checking for the cover so I could show it on my Waiting on Wednesday! I finally found it.
  • This was a favorite book last year. It combined fantasy with police procedural, mystery and a strong female protagonist.
  • This sounds like a great addition to the first book. Sounds like it moves the characters forward which I like.
  • Love the cover.

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