Jan 17, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly blog post by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights releases we're eagerly awaiting.

Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both.

Really need to start this series as well! Have I mentioned how far behind I'm in with nearly ALL my series?!

AUTHOR: C.J. Redwine 
PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray
GENRE: Fantasy YA
RELEASE DATE: February 13, 2018


  1. Oooh this one is new to me, I hope you love it Jessica!!

  2. Ooh, I wish I was caught up with this series!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  3. I've tried very hard to get my hands on this book. I even tried emailing Harper for one! I never heard back... sigh. I guess I'll just wait for it to come out. Hope you get to the series soon.

    Thanks for visiting Shell's Stories!

  4. I love the cover on this one! Great pick!


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