Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly.
A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining.
So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War. Now a new evil is on the horizon, and her granddaughter, Elloren, is believed to be Carnissa’s heir—but while she is the absolute image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above nearly all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren is eager to join her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University and finally embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the University, which admits all manner of peoples—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of her people—is an even more treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
Let’s just take a second, THAT COVER! A moment of silence for my eyeballs plz…..I feel like there should be a dun dun duuuuuuun at the end of the first sentence, just me? I’m a sucker for prophecies and bad ass YA heroines into science stuff (apothecary?!) This sounds like it will feature some serious political/social commentary which I’m also always down for in YA fantasy. Also, did you notice this features a magical school? Being called a University makes me think we might get to see a more mature take on the magical school trope, and THAT is something cool to read all on its own! This pick has a bunch of stuff I’ve not really seen featured in anything else, and I really hope it doesn’t disappoint!