Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: These Rebel Waves
Author: Sara Raasch
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: August 7, 2018
Adeluna is a soldier. Five years ago, she helped the magic-rich island of Grace Loray overthrow its oppressor, Argrid, a country ruled by religion. But adjusting to postwar life has not been easy. When an Argridian delegate vanishes during peace talks with Grace Loray’s new Council, Argrid demands brutal justice—but Lu suspects something more dangerous is at work.
Devereux is a pirate. As one of the outlaws called stream raiders who run rampant on Grace Loray, he pirates the island’s magic plants and sells them on the black market. But after Argrid accuses raiders of the diplomat’s abduction, Vex becomes a target. An expert navigator, he agrees to help Lu find the Argridian—but the truth they uncover could be deadlier than any war.
Benat is a heretic. The crown prince of Argrid, he harbors a secret obsession with Grace Loray’s forbidden magic. When Ben’s father, the king, gives him the shocking task of reversing Argrid’s fear of magic, Ben has to decide if one prince can change a devout country—or if he’s building his own pyre.
As conspiracies arise, Lu, Vex, and Ben will have to decide who they really are . . . and what they are willing to become for peace.
Why am I excited?
Soldiers, pirates, and heretics?! That combination of character types alone is enough to send me reeling besides the fact that it has fantasy and magic elements as well. It seems like such an odd toss up of characters to throw together, but I’m interested to see their dynamic. Plus, that cover is incredible! I’m super curious to know what the ‘R’ stands for, though, but I guess that’s all part of the waiting game. This kind of gives me Reign (Who else has watched this amazing show? Anyone?) vibes with a mix of some Leigh Bardugo and Daughter of the Pirate King. I’m honestly hooked on the idea of YA pirate books now, and I’m not letting go anytime soon. Also, I’ve read that there is some LGBTQ representation (GAY PIRATES) as well so I’m super pumped about that. Can we also please appreciate that the pirates name is Devereux?! SUCH A GOOD NAME.
Are you excited for this book? Let me know in the comments!