Books publishing this year I can’t wait to read – part 4

Time for another look at upcoming books that I’m looking forward to getting my hands on – starting with one that actually make me squeak when I saw it was coming – Ready Player Two.

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline

There is no synopsis currently available for Ready Player Two that I can find, but for me that doesn’t really matter. I loved Ready Player One, it was a love letter to geeks everywhere and brilliantly done. I can’t wait to get this one!

Ready Player Two publishes in November.

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince’s Council of 11. If she’s picked, she’ll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood.

That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: Kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust. Tarisai won’t stand by and become someone’s pawn—but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

I read a sample of Raybearer earlier this year and loved the atmospheric descriptions. I look forward to re-joining the world and learning more about it. Raybearer was originally due to publish in April but publication was pushed to August.

The Gossamer Mage by Julie E. Czerneda

Only in Tananen do people worship a single deity: the Deathless Goddess. Only in this small, forbidden realm are there those haunted by words of no language known to woman or man. The words are Her Gift, and they summon magic.

Mage scribes learn to write Her words as intentions: spells to make beasts or plants, designed to any purpose. If an intention is flawed, what the mage creates is a gossamer: a magical creature as wild and free as it is costly for the mage.

For Her Gift comes at a steep price. Each successful intention ages a mage until they dare no more. But her magic demands to be used; the Deathless Goddess will take her fee, and mages will die.

To end this terrible toll, the greatest mage in Tananen vows to find and destroy Her. He has yet to learn She is all that protects Tananen from what waits outside. And all that keeps magic alive.

I love the idea behind the magic system in this book – magic that has a price is always interesting as it makes the characters think more before using it and there is no ‘easy out’.

The Gossamer Mage will be published in August.

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