Can’t Wait Wednesday: Sequels edition

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings.

This week I’m waiting on A Desolation Called Peace by Arkady Martine & Namesake by Adrienne Young.

An alien armada lurks on the edges of Teixcalaanli space. No one can communicate with it, no one can destroy it, and Fleet Captain Nine Hibiscus is running out of options.

In a desperate attempt at diplomacy with the mysterious invaders, the fleet captain has sent for a diplomatic envoy. Now Mahit Dzmare and Three Seagrass—still reeling from the recent upheaval in the Empire—face the impossible task of trying to communicate with a hostile entity.

Whether they succeed or fail could change the fate of Teixcalaan forever.

Trader. Fighter. Survivor.

With the Marigold ship free of her father, Fable and its crew were set to start over. That freedom is short-lived when she becomes a pawn in a notorious thug’s scheme. In order to get to her intended destination she must help him to secure a partnership with Holland, a powerful gem trader who is more than she seems.

As Fable descends deeper into a world of betrayal and deception she learns that her mother was keeping secrets, and those secrets are now putting the people Fable cares about in danger. If Fable is going to save them then she must risk everything, including the boy she loves and the home she has finally found

I’ve been reading R.J. Barker’s Call of the Bone Ships (which is so far incredible), and it reminded me how many other great books are awaiting sequels in 2021. A Memory Called Empire was a well-deserved Hugo winner and one of my favourite books of 2020, and I can’t wait to see what potentially empire-shattering trouble Merit and Three Seagrass find themselves experiencing in the sequel. (I luckily have an ARC, so shouldn’t have to wait much longer). Meanwhile, Fable was one of the best YA fantasy books I read in 2020 (and had one of the best covers): it slipped under my end of year roundup radar due to all the amazing adult SFF I read, but this rollocking pirate adventure is well worth a read.

A Desolation Called Peace will be released on 2 March 2021 by Tor Books. Namesake will be released on 16 March 2021 by Wednesday Books.

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