Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine! It spotlights soon to be released books that can't come quick enough!
This week I can't wait to get my hands on...
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff!
A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.
AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.
A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire. (summary from Goodreads)
With it's gorgeous cover revealed today, I couldn't not spotlight Stormdancer! I adore the sounds of this one. Over at The Story Siren today there's an interview with Kristoff, and he describes Stormdancer as a "high-speed collision between epic fantasy and Japanese inspired-steampunk." Doesn't that just make you want to beg for this book? I know I do! I really can't wait for this...come on September!
Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer will be published 1 September 2012 by Tor UK.
Are you interested in reading Stormdancer? What do you think of the cover? What other title are you waiting on this week?