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. I run this segment in conjunction with the Can’t-Wait Wednesday meme that is currently running at Wishful Endings. Stay tuned to see reviews of these books when I get a copy of them.
Readers of this blog will know that I am a major fan of checking out debut authors when they produce their first foray into full-length fiction. This is mainly because I have read some incredible debut novels over the years, with some of the very best featured in my 2020 and 2021 top ten debut lists. As such, I keep a close eye on all the best upcoming releases and I recently found out about a fantastic sounding fantasy debut coming out later this year that I am quite excited about, Flames of Mira by Clay Harmon, a fascinating novel with a ton of potential.
Flames of Mira, which will be released in July 2022, will be the very first novel in Harmon’s planned The Rift Walker series. This cool upcoming novel sounds extremely fun and not only does it have a pretty awesome cover at the moment, but there is also an intriguing and exciting plot synopsis that has really grabbed my attention. Filled with elemental power, magical slavery, violent revolution, and a damaged protagonist with a magical death-sentence hanging over his head, Flames of Mira looks set to be a pretty epic read, and it is one that I will be very eager to check out.
An epic new fantasy in a world of ice, magma and magic!
Among the volcanoes beneath Mira’s frozen lands, people like Ig are forced to undergo life-threatening trials that bind chemical elements to the human body. One of Mira’s most powerful elementals, Ig works in secret as an enforcer for the corrupt Magnate Sorrelo Adriann, but is cursed with flesh binding magic — magic that will kill him at the first sign of disobedience. His days are spent hunting down anyone who would oppose the magnate, a shell of his old self who clings to old memories and his budding friendships with the magnate’s son and daughter.
When Sorrelo is overthrown in a coup and the country is thrown into chaos, Ig quickly learns he can do far worse than what Sorrelo has asked from him so far. If he can’t rediscover the person he was and escape the flesh binding in time, he will have to kill countless innocents as Sorrelo and his allies seek to reclaim the throne, or sacrifice himself trying.