Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday No. 20: Even the Darkest Stars, by Heather Fawcett

Welcome to "Can't Wait Wednesday"!
This is a weekly event hosted by
Tressa @ Wishful Endings, and inspired by "Waiting On Wednesday", which used to be hosted by
 Jill @ Breaking the Spine.

For more information, please click HERE.

As in the previous meme, this one showcases future releases  we book  bloggers 
are eagerly anticipating!!
There's also a Linky widget, so participating blogs can link up!

Here's my choice for this week!

 Even the Darkest Stars
(Even the Darkest Stars, Book 1)
Heather Fawcett
Hardcover,  432 pages
Balzer + Bray
September 5, 2017 
Fantasy, Feminist Fiction,
Young Adult Fiction

Set in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, this is the story of a girl enlisted by a legendary explorer to help him climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – only to discover that his true mission may threaten her whole world.

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer ever known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means climbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.

Why I can't wait for this one!

I vividly remember reading the book Annapurna, by Maurice Herzog when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I LOVED it!! I don't recall, though, how the heck I got a hold of this book. I think it was a Reader's Digest Condensed Edition or something. At that time, I thought the whole thing was a great adventure! (I was a tomboy back then.) Now, I wouldn't be so But I would still love to read about this daring young woman, only from the comfort of my, lol, lol!! 

The book has other elements, such as fantasy creatures and happenings, that I am certainly interested in reading about. But most of all, I'm totally excited about reading another book about a dangerous mountain adventure that I can enjoy in a vicarious manner! ABSOLUTELY!! And this one has a female hero, to boot!! (Yeah, she's my brave alter ego......) YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!

I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, where I enjoy wandering around in the wilderness and only occasionally getting lost. I’ve also spent extended periods of time in Italy, where I learned very little Italian but ate quite a lot of pizza, and Ireland, where I searched half-successfully for puffins and selkies.
Before becoming a writer I worked, among other things, as an archaeologist, a technical writer, and a backstage assistant for a Shakespearean theatre company (which I could write several novels about). I have a Master’s degree in English Literature and briefly considered becoming a professor, before I realized it involved more than reading books, drinking excessive amounts of tea, and wearing colourful elbow patches.
I’m represented by the amazing Brianne Johnson at Writers' House. Even The Darkest Stars, my first novel, was purchased by HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray at auction in a six-figure, two-book deal.


What do you think of my choice?
Leave your link below, so I can
come check out your pick(s)!


  1. Stunning cover -- as usual lol -- but it is the potential of the sisters' relationship that has me curious!

    1. Hi, Verushka!

      Oh, thank you so much!! Yeah, covers will always pull me toward a book! Lol.

      I agree -- the sisters' relationship is one of he interesting things about this novel.

      Thanks for the nice comment!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  2. I've been seeing this one around and I think I might have to check it out because I need to learn more about that tiny little creature on the cover. The female character sounds awesome as well and this sounds like one you'll really enjoy. The boys sends WOOFS your way!

    1. Hi, Barb!

      Oh, you have? That means this book is AWESOME!!

      I really hadn't noticed the little creature until you mentioned it, but yeah, I wonder what type of creature it is....

      I'm VERY interested in the heroine! I want to see how she scales that mountain!

      Tell the boys thanks for their greeting, and I send them WOOFS back!! Lol.

      Thanks for the nice comment!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  3. As a feminist, I LOVE the look of this book! And it also sounds so thrilling and unique and exciting :) Thanks for bringing it to my attention, Maria! Hope you love it when you read it! HUGS! <3 <3 :) :)
    Here's my WoW

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

    1. Hi, Amy!

      ABSOLUTELY!! I can't wait to get into this story!! It does indeed look thrilling, and is definitely unique!! I'm so glad you like it, too!! I think we'll both enjoy reading it!

      HUGS BACK!!!! Thanks for the nice comment!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  4. I absolutely LOVE the cover of this book. It sounds interesting too. Hope you have a great week!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

    1. Hi, Sandy!

      I LOVE it, too!! Glad you agree! And it definitely DOES sound interesting!!

      Thanks for the comment!! Hope you have a great week, too!! <3 :)

  5. This one sounds fantastic and is on my TBR. :)

    Stacy Renee @ Lazy Day Literature

    1. Hi, Stacy!

      Oh, you already have this book on your TBR? AWESOME!! I think we'll both enjoy it!!

      Thanks for the comment!! <3 :)

  6. Hi Maria!
    How are you doing? I hope very well :)
    I love fantasy and, although I didn't know this book, the plot seems exciting. I like that it's located in mountains (because I love them) and that has a strong and brave femme protagonist.
    I must stand out the typography of the cover, so lovely!
    Take care, XOXO

    1. Hi, Mailén!

      I'm doing just fine!! How about you? <3 <3 <3

      I love fantasy, too!! I came across this book while browsing on Goodreads, and I immediately got pulled in by the cover. Of course, I like the plot, too! As you point out, it does seem exciting!

      You love mountains? Me, too!! Unfortunately, there are none near me..... :( I live in a very FLAT state of the U.S.! Lol.

      The female protagonist is definitely very interesting!

      I totally agree with you about the typography on the cover. It is indeed lovely!

      Thanks for the great comment!! You take care, too!! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOX!!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

  7. This was one of my most anticipated books for the second half of the year list.

    1. Hi, there!

      Oh, I'm so glad you already have this one on your TBR!! This definitely looks like a fascinating read!

      Thanks for the comment!! <3 :)

  8. Hi, Ronyell! Glad you like this one, too! Thanks for the comment!! <3 :)


THIS IS NOW AN AWARD-FREE, AND TAG-FREE BLOG. Thanks for the compliment, though! : )

As of today, 9/23/18, I have permanently enabled comment moderation, due to a sudden rash of SPAM comments. I appreciate your patience!

Thanks for your thoughts on my posts! I always reply here, as well as comment back on your blog. Have a WONDERFUL day!! :)