Waiting on Wednesday: Kingdom of Ash and Briars

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, which shines a light on eagerly anticipated upcoming releases.

This week my pick is;

Kingdom of Ash and Briars

Kingdom of Ash and Briars by Hannah West

Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.

Release Date: 15th September 2016


Bristal, an orphaned kitchen maid, lands in a gritty fairy tale gone wrong when she discovers she is an elicromancer with a knack for shape-shifting. An ancient breed of immortal magic beings, elicromancers have been winnowed down to merely two – now three – after centuries of bloody conflict in the realm. Their gifts are fraught with responsibility, and sixteen-year-old Bristal is torn between two paths. Should she vow to seek the good of the world, to protect and serve mortals? Or should she follow the strength of her power, even if it leads to unknown terrors? She draws on her ability to disguise herself as a man to infiltrate a prince’s band of soldiers, and masquerades as a fairy godmother to shield a cursed princess, but time is running out. As an army of dark creatures grows closer, Bristal faces a supernatural war. To save the kingdoms, Bristal must find the courage to show her true form.

Building on homages to Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jane Austen’s Emma and the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, Hannah West makes a spectacular debut.

It’s no secret I love fairy tale retellings and this sounds like an amazing one, taking so many classics and weaving a completely new tale from them. I’m already really excited for this book’s release.

So what does everyone think; is Kingdom of Ash and Briars a must on anyone else’s to-read list or are there any other books that you can’t wait for to be released?

34 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday: Kingdom of Ash and Briars

  1. Wow, thank you for making me discover this book! I never heard of this before, and as you know, I’m trying to get more into retellings -and loving it so far. Plus, all of these fairytales into one ? That seems kind of hard to do and I hope the book won’t be too confusing… But I think I’ll add it to my TBR 🙂

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    1. That’s all right! I love retellings so I’m really glad your enjoying the genre as well 🙂 and if you need any more recommendations I can always suggest a few to you 😀
      I think it may be a book inspired by all those fairytales rather than a retelling of all of them smooshed into one, hopefully it’ll work and it won’t be too confusing 🙂

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  2. I haven’t heard of this but I am so glad you made this post because it sounds amazing!! Just added it to my TBR list 🙂

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      1. I love books that are inspired by fairytales or are retellings and I don’t read nearly enough of them, so I’m really excited for this one now. 🙂

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    1. I only just discovered it recently and honestly it sounds like the kind of book I normally love so I thought it was perfect for my WoW this week 😀
      I think it will, it’s probably more inspired by those tales rather than a retelling of them so hopefully that’ll work!


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