Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that features highly anticipated book releases.
Title: Seven Endless Forests
Author: April Genevieve Tucholke
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Publication Date: March 31, 2020
In this gorgeous standalone companion to the critically acclaimed fantasy, The Boneless Mercies, April Tucholke spins a bold and blood-hungry retelling of the King Arthur legend that is perfect for fans of Naomi Novik, Garth Nix, and Laini Taylor.
On the heels of a devastating plague, Torvi’s sister, Morgunn is stolen from the family farm by Uther, a flame-loving Fremish wolf-priest who leads a pack of ragged, starving girls. Torvi leaves the only home she’s ever known, and joins a shaven-skulled druid and a band of roaming Elsh artists known as the Butcher Bards. They set out on a quest to rescue Torvi’s sister, and find a mythical sword.
On their travels, Torvi and her companions will encounter magical night wilds and mystical Drakes who trade in young men. They will sing rowdy Elshland ballads in a tree-town tavern, and find a mysterious black tower in an Endless Forest. They will fight alongside famous Vorseland archers and barter with Fremish wizards. They will feast with rogue Jade Fell children in a Skal Mountain cave, and seek the help of a Pig Witch. They will face wild, dangerous magic that leads to love, joy, tragedy, and death.
Torvi set out to rescue a sister, but she may find it’s merely the first step toward a life that is grander and more glorious than anything she could have imagined.Why am I excited?
After reading The Boneless Mercies last year (her genderbent Beowulf retelling!) I’m SO excited for this genderbent King Arthur retelling! Apparently this one also has a Norse twist and I’m dying to see if this book will be as atmospheric as the last. Oh, and that cover? Gorgeous! I also adore that this will be another standalone because I seriously don’t read enough of those.
Do you enjoy retellings? Have you read The Boneless Mercies? Let me know in the comments!