Can’t Wait Wednesday: 13 February 2019
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings and spotlights upcoming releases.
The Hand, the Eye and the Heart – Zoë Marriott
Zhilan was assigned female at birth; despite an unusual gift for illusions, they know they will live out their life in the perfumed confines of the women’s quarters. But when civil war sets the country aflame, Zhilan is the only one who can save their disabled Father from death on the battlefield.
By taking his place.
Surviving brutal army training as a male recruit – Zhi – is only the first challenge. Soon Zhi’s unique talents draw them into an even more perilous fight, in the glittering court of the Land of Dragons, where love and betrayal are two sides of the same smile. The fate of an Empire rests on Zhi’s shoulders. But to win, they must first decide where their loyalty, and their heart, truly belongs.
Why I Can’t Wait:
For starters, it’s heavily inspired by several different versions of the Ballad of Mulan, which would be enough my hook me. But it also features a gender fluid protagonist and is written by a queer author. Plus, look at the stunning cover!
Release Date: 04 April 2019