Waiting on Wednesday #49 – A Conjuring of Light

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating.

This Week I’m Waiting On……

 

29939230A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Publication: February 21st 2017

Publisher: Tor Books

Series: Shades of Magic #3

Genres: YA, Fantasy

The battle between four magical Londons comes to a head in this stunning finale to the New York Times bestselling Shades of Magic trilogy by rising star V. E. Schwab

London’s fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire—and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes and foes struggle alike. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees Schwab reach a thrilling culmination concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old enemies.

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Why Am I Waiting?

I liked the first book, but I really loved the sequel; so of course I can’t wait to read this finale. After that ending in AGoS, I need this book now!! What book are you waiting on this week?

OAN: I’ve been a bad blogger. It’s not my fault, blame it on my illness. Seriously, I don’t even know WTF this is. I don’t even want to call it a blogging slump, because it’s pretty much the same in all other aspects of my life. I’m not deep in the darkness like I tend to get, but I’m just really….gooey? Even my co-workers have noticed my moods these past few weeks. I’m trying to get back on track, but I can’t promise that I’ll be all better. I truly think it’s just the time of year and all the other little things that are driving me insane. I will, however, be catching up on my Bloglovin’ feed and emails this weekend. I seriously don’t know how to catch up on my reviews because I have lost count of how many books I’ve read. There are many that I didn’t even add to my GR. It’s like someone has taken over my body, and I’m trying to take the wheel back. The homework (journal writing) has been helping so I’ll keep at it.

 

Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

15750874Release Date: February 10th 2015

Publisher: Tor Teen

Genres: Young-Adult/ Science-Fiction/ Dystopia/ Post-Apocalyptic/ Fantasy

Format: Hardcover

Source: Purchased

My Rating: 3 Stars

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N

The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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Blog Tour + Giveaway: The Tree of Water by Elizabeth Haydon #TheTreeOfWaterTour @torteen @torbooks @PRbytheBook

Welcome To my stop on The Tree of Water blog tour. Today I have a great Q&A and excerpt to share with you all. Also, don’t forget to enter the awesome giveaway at the bottom before you leave!

Tree of WaterTitle: The Tree of Water

Series: The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme #4

Author: Elizabeth Haydon

Publisher: Starscape/ Tor Books

Genres: Middle Grade/ Teen
Fantasy

Find It: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N 

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Interview with Elizabeth Haydon,

documentarian, archanologist and translator of Ven’s

journals, including The Tree of Water

 

  • Dr. Haydon, can you give us a brief summary of The Tree of Water?

 

Certainly. Ven Polypheme, who wrote the, er, Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, lived long ago in the Second Age of history, when magic was much more alive and visible in the world than it is now. His journals are very important finds, because they tell the story of ancient magic and where it still may be found in the world today.

In the first three journals we saw how Ven came to the mystical island of Serendair and was given the job of Royal Reporter by the king of the island, a young man named Vandemere. The Royal Reporter was supposed to find magic that was hiding in plain sight in the world and report back about it to the king. As you can imagine, this could be a fun but dangerous job, and at the beginning of The Tree of Water, we see that Ven and his friends are hiding from the evil Thief Queen, who is looking to find and kill him.

Amariel, a merrow [humans call these ‘mermaids,’ but we know that’s the wrong word] who saved Ven when the first ship he sailed on sank, has been asking Ven to come and explore the wonders of the Deep, her world in the sea. Deciding that this could be a great way to find hidden magic as well as hide from the evil Thief Queen, Ven and his best friend, Char, follow her into the Deep. The sea, as you know, is one of the most magical places in the world—but sometimes that magic, and that place, can be deadly.

The book tells of mysterious places, and interesting creatures, and wondrous things that have never been seen in the dry world, and tales from the very bottom of the sea.

 

 

  • The main character in The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme series is Charles Magnus “Ven” Polypheme. Tell us about him.

 

Ven was an interesting person, but he really didn’t think so. He and his family were of a different race than the humans who made up most of the population where he lived, the race of the Nain. Nain are an old race, a little shorter and stockier than most humans, with a tendency to be on the grumpy side. They live about four times as long as humans, are very proud of their beards, which they believe tell their life stories, don’t like to swim or travel, and prefer to live deep in the mountains.

Ven was nothing like the majority of Nain. He was very curious, loved to travel, could swim, and longed to see the world. He was actually a pretty nice kid most of the time. He had the equivalent of a baby face because only three whiskers of his beard had grown in by the time The Tree of Water took place, when he was fifty years old [around twelve in Nain years]. He had a great group of friends, including the merrow and Char, who were mentioned earlier. It is believed that his journals were the original research documents for two of the most important books of all time, The Book of All Human Knowledge and All the World’s Magic. The only copies of these two volumes were lost at sea centuries ago, so finding the Lost Journals is the only way to recover this important information.

 

 

  • What kind of research do you do for the series?

 

I go to places where Ven went and try to find relics he left behind. Usually this is with an expedition of archaeologists and historians. I am an expert in ancient magic [an archanologist] so I don’t usually lead the expeditions, I’m just a consultant. It gives me the chance to learn a lot about magic and lets me work on my suntan at the same time, so it’s good.

 

 

  • What is/are the most difficult part or parts of writing/restoring the Lost Journals?

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