Can’t Wait Wednesday: Deeplight by Frances Hardinge
Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings and spotlights upcoming releases.
For centuries the gods of the Undersea ruled the islands of the Myriad through awe and terror: they were very real, and very dangerous. Sacrifices were hurled into the waters to appease them, and every boat was painted with pleading eyes to entreat their mercy. They were served, feared and adored. Then, thirty years ago, the gods rose up in madness and tore each other apart.
Now, none remain. The islands have recovered and the people have patched their battered ships and moved on.
On one of these islands live Hark and his best friend Jelt. To them, the gods are nothing but a collection of valuable scraps to be scavenged from the ocean and sold.
But now something is pulsing beneath the waves, calling to someone brave enough to retrieve it.
Why I Can’t Wait:
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this and fell in love with Frances Hardinge’s lyrical writing style. The story was richly evocative, complex and haunting. I’ve got the Waterstones signed exclusive edition pre-ordered which has orange sprayed edges and additional content from the author.
Release Date: 31 October 2019