Can’t Wait Wednesday #11

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was created by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. CWW is a chance to cast a spotlight on books we haven’t read yet, in particular ones that have yet to be published.

This Wednesday, I can’t wait for…


Eighteen-year-old Ziva prefers metal to people. She spends her days tucked away in her forge, safe from society and the anxiety it causes her, using her magical gift to craft unique weapons imbued with power.

Then Ziva receives a commission from a powerful warlord, and the result is a sword capable of stealing its victims’ secrets. A sword that can cut far deeper than the length of its blade. A sword with the strength to topple kingdoms. When Ziva learns of the warlord’s intentions to use the weapon to enslave all the world under her rule, she takes her sister and flees.

Joined by a distractingly handsome mercenary and a young scholar with extensive knowledge of the world’s known magics, Ziva and her sister set out on a quest to keep the sword safe until they can find a worthy wielder or a way to destroy it entirely.

Release Date

May 4, 2021

Why I Can’t Wait

I am here for the magical blacksmithing. Really. That is Reason No. 1 I am interested in this book. This is a very atypical form of magic, since usually I see staffs and wands and spellbooks rather than a hammer and tongs and an anvil. I’m also really intrigued to know how big a role Ziva’s anxiety plays in the story — when I was younger (around Ziva’s age), my anxiety was truly debilitating, so I really do empathize with the protagonist here. I’ll admit that “distractingly handsome mercenary” sounds rather trite, but the mercenary’s gender was never specified in the blurb, so maybe this could be a sapphic romance? Maybe? Fingers crossed. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this book as May approaches.

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