Waiting on Wednesday #29


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine where we spotlight books we are eagerly anticipating.

The Night Itself by Zoe Marriott

Expected Publication: July 4th, 2013

A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.

When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana – an ancestral Japanese sword – out of its hiding place in her parent’s attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.

The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend’s party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.

The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.

Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it’s already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.

With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru – and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu – Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn’t learn how to control the katana’s incredible powers, she’s in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can’t keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she’ll lose not only her own life… but the love of a lifetime.

In recent times I’ve read two books with real Japanese overtones to them, and they were amazing. I love that this is bringing in Nine Tails (the more tails the more powerful the demon) and Kitsunes (fox demon/spirits). As someone who use to thrive on Japanese anime and movies, this is right up my alley.

What are you waiting on?

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8 Responses to Waiting on Wednesday #29

  1. Oooh, I like the sound of this one!! I’m adding it to my wishlist! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great choice! I loved The Swan Kingdom and Shadows On The Moon so I’m really looking forward to this one!

    My WoW!

  3. Ooh, I love japanese anime… this sounds like a great series for me too! Thanks 🙂

  4. This does sounds good! Great pick. Thanks for stopping by my WoW.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever’s WoW

  5. Gosh Michelle this sounds so gooood!!!! I love discovering a new book to drool over, thank you! My WoW

  6. I’ve never heard of this book! A July 4th release! That’s cool. My birthday is July 5th. I love the sound of this book! Japanese fiction, katanas, woohoo! I’ll have to keep my eye out for it! Hope you get to read it early! 😀

    Check out my WoW post!

  7. I haven’t heard of this one. Hope you get to read it soon!
    Brandi at Blkosiner’s Book Blog]]

  8. Jen says:

    I also love books with Japanese themes — I’m reviewing one tomorrow that I really liked!

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