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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #1 - Sword and Verse

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!
Written by Kathy MacMillan
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 16th January 2016 (kindle)
                           25 February 2016 (hardback)
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Release Date: 16th January 2016 (Kindle)
                        25 February 2016 (Hardback) 
Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.

Why I am Waiting

I have to say that I have never read or in fact even heard of this author. As far as I can workout this is her first Young Adult fantasy novel and I am intrigued about it, firstly because of the combination of the slave rebels and romance. Also I have heard that it's can be read as a standalone (will be part of a series but the other books will focus on different main characters), I have found it really hard to find standalones in the YA fantasy genre so if this book is good it will make a nice change.