Welcome to my weekly segment, Waiting on Wednesday, where I look at upcoming books that I am planning to order and review in the next few months and which I think I will really enjoy. Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them.
In this week’s Waiting on Wednesday review, I will be looking at a book that is probably on the waiting list of every science fiction fan out there: Tiamat’s Wrath by James S. A. Corey. Tiamat’s Wrath is the eighth book in Corey’s bestselling The Expanse series, which has been developed into the popular epic science fiction television series of the same name. Tiamat’s Wrath is currently being billed as the penultimate book in the entire series. I really enjoyed the previous book in the series, Persepolis Rising, especially as it set up the story for this final trilogy within the series, while also really raising the stakes for the entire The Expanse universe. I, like many other readers, was very disappointed when Tiamat’s Wrath was delayed from December this year to March 2019.
This new book sounds like it will have some incredible plot elements to it, as the crew of the Rocinante are forced to fight a desperate war against the Laconian Empire, an old and powerful enemy that easily conquered the galaxy in the previous book using advanced alien technology. At the same time, their captain, James Holden, is trapped on the enemy’s planet and will find himself involved in some political intrigue. In the midst of all this, mysterious alien powers threaten everyone in the galaxy, which will ensure the return of Elvi Okoye and focus on her trying to get to the bottom of the threat while being hunted by the Laconian Empire. All of these story elements sound incredibly fascinating, and Corey already has a proven ability to combine several great storylines into outstanding overall narratives.
As a result, Tiamat’s Wrath sounds like it has the potential to be an amazing book, and is probably already a contender for the best science fiction book of 2019. I am very much looking forward to checking out this book, especially as it will set up the final book in this iconic science fiction series.