Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let readers share their excitement for books coming out soon, and the novel I’m eagerly awaiting might surprise you, because I did not exactly love the first installment: A Crown for Cold Silver.  But I did enjoy the author’s writing style enough to give this series one more try before I call it quits.


a blade of black steelA Blade of Black Steel by Alex Marshall.

Genre: Fantasy — Epic/Grimdark-esque

Series: The Crimson Empire #2

Publisher: Orbit (May 26, 2016)

Length: 592 pages

After five hundred years, the Sunken Kingdom has returned, and brought with it a monstrous secret that threatens to destroy every country on the Star.

As an inhuman army gathers on its shores, poised to invade the Immaculate Isles, the members of the Cobalt Company face an ugly choice: abandon their dreams of glory and vengeance to combat a menace from another realm, or pursue their ambitions and hope the Star is still there when the smoke clears.

Five villains. One legendary general. A battle for survival.

Purchase the book at Amazon.

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  1. The Crown for Cold Silver, while I didn’t read it, probably has one of most memorable first sentences ever.


    • Bookwraiths says:

      The beginning of the book was great to me. It just got further and further away from that as it progressed. Hopefully, the author will focus on the elements that everyone loved about the story, i.e. badass characters in a grimdark world.


  2. I haven’t read the first book but this sounds really good. 🙂


  3. rattlethestarssite says:

    Another book to add to the TBR pile…well another 2 because I haven’t read the first one. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  4. Although I liked what I read of A Crown for Cold Silver, it was just the wrong book at the wrong time. I really need to get back to it and give it a read.


  5. I’m definitely looking forward to this as well. 🙂

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  6. I could not get into the first one, so I’m going to have to sit out for the sequel. I know you had mixed feelings about A Crown for Cold Silver as well though, and hopefully this one will get back to the elements you liked and that you’ll enjoy it!

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