Waiting on Wednesday #2 – Advent

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title:  Advent

Authors:  James Treadwell

Language: English

Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Format: Hardcover/Kindle/eBook

Expected Release Date: July 3, 2012

Summary from Barnes & Noble:

A drowning, a magician’s curse, and a centuries-old secret.

1537. A man hurries through city streets in a gathering snowstorm, clutching a box in one hand. He is Johann Faust, the greatest magician of his age. The box he carries contains a mirror safeguarding a portion of his soul and a small ring containing all the magic in the world. Together, they comprise something unimaginably dangerous.

London, the present day. Fifteen-year-old Gavin Stokes is boarding a train to the countryside to live with his aunt. His school and his parents can’t cope with him and the things he sees, things they tell him don’t really exist. At Pendurra, Gavin finds people who are like him, who see things too. They all make the same strange claim: magic exists, it’s leaking back into our world, and it’s bringing something terrible with it.

First in an astonishingly imaginative fantasy trilogy, Advent describes how magic was lost to humanity, and how a fifteen-year-old boy discovers that its return is his inheritance. It begins in a world recognizably our own, and ends an extraordinarily long way from where it started—somewhere much bigger, stranger, and richer.

Here’s Why: 

I really like the premise of the story; tying our history with a contemporary setting to reveal two distinct fantasy settings.  It gives my imagination the opportunity to ask ‘what if?’ and fall into the writing.  This is a fantasy debut for Treadwell, who has solid entry-level credentials in what could be a burgeoning career as a fantasy author.  I’d like to be there when he takes off, rather than join the bandwagon after the rest of the world discovers a new fantasy talent.  It’ll be important to keep in mind that this is the first installment in a planned trilogy in which the second book is undergoing revisions as I write.  Publishers Weekly has good things to say about it and the vast majority of Amazon Reviewers with advanced copies lean favorably as well…seems like a nice adventure for a fantasy fan to undertake.

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  1. #1 by Barbara W. (@basiasbookshelf) on May 16, 2012 - 7:03 am

    I absolutely love that there is so much true fantasy coming back into sort of the “mainstream,” or at least is coming back into fashion, if that’s the right word. This looks really good and I’m going to recommend it to my brother and nephew who are also heavily into fantasy – thanks so much for sharing this!

  2. #2 by Jennifer Messerschmidt @ Some Like It Paranormal on May 16, 2012 - 7:39 am

    This sounds awesome! I love that is shows present day and what happened in 1537. The magic will leak and things will happen! Very cool. Thanks for visiting My WOW!

  3. #3 by Sheena-kay Graham on May 16, 2012 - 7:49 am

    Gavin is a fun character. Advent’s storyline is so rich and imaginative. Magic and fantasy are definitely a great mix in this upcoming novel. Great find and thanks for commenting on My Wow

    • #4 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:47 pm

      This fantasy is a pleasant distraction and should be very good, you selected an important story – thanks for stopping by and posting!

  4. #5 by Becky @ Stories & Sweeties on May 16, 2012 - 8:26 am

    This sounds incredible!! This is the first I’ve seen of it…I’ll definitely be adding this to my wishlist. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

  5. #6 by Claire on May 16, 2012 - 8:34 am

    This book sounds really awesome! Love books about Magic! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. #7 by Carina (@carinalaura) on May 16, 2012 - 9:51 am

    I’ve actually seen this around a few times, but haven’t read any reviews yet. It sounds really interesting though, so I hope you’ll enjoy it once you get to it! :)

    Carina
    Fictional Distraction

  7. #8 by Ellen Faith (@ellenmasquerade) on May 16, 2012 - 10:06 am

    I love historical/modern day tie ins. And magicians just make it sound so surreal! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  8. #9 by Bending The Spine (@BendingTheSpine) on May 16, 2012 - 10:51 am

    I love fantasy! This sound good and it’s new to me. Thanks for sharing, and stopping by my wow:)

  9. #10 by lovingrob on May 16, 2012 - 11:26 am

    Ohh, seems like an awesome book ;) Hope you’ll love it when it comes out :D
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina’s Books

    • #11 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:43 pm

      Thank you Carina – loved your pick – Outpost – as well. New follower!

  10. #12 by laurelrainsnow on May 16, 2012 - 11:33 am

    This does sound awesome…I, too, enjoy a book that brings the past and present together in the story. Thanks for sharing.

    Here’s MY WOW POST

  11. #13 by Kayla B. on May 16, 2012 - 12:20 pm

    This actually sounds really good! I may have to preorder this one. :-)

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW today.

  12. #14 by Cathy on May 16, 2012 - 12:26 pm

    This sounds like an interesting read, great pick. Here is my WoW
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  13. #15 by Kristin on May 16, 2012 - 1:06 pm

    I’ve never heard of this or at least I’m pretty sure I haven’t. Definitely a book that will be going on the ole TBR Wishlist.

    My WoW

  14. #16 by Aleksandra (@SandraDobnikar) on May 16, 2012 - 1:28 pm

    Oh I love it. Sounds like a mystery book mixed with paranormal elements – looking forward to the release!

    Aleksandra and her WoW

  15. #17 by Kay on May 16, 2012 - 1:39 pm

    This one sounds really good. I’ll be on the lookout for it!

  16. #18 by stephii91 on May 16, 2012 - 2:59 pm

    Ooooh sounds good! :)

  17. #19 by Caro @ Ds Bookworld on May 16, 2012 - 3:07 pm

    Oh wow, nice pick! Thanks for stepping by my blog! =)

  18. #20 by DarlingNickey on May 16, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    Your post makes me want to read this all the more! :) Well done!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Nickey @ The Book Shop Assistant

  19. #21 by sqt on May 16, 2012 - 3:11 pm

    I love anything fantasy, but Treadwell’s bibliography also add an interesting dimension to this. I’ll definitely be adding this to my TBR list. Thanks for stopping by!

  20. #22 by Danielle Chapman on May 16, 2012 - 3:40 pm

    This does sound like it will be a wonderful book to read.

    Thanks for sharing,
    Dani

  21. #23 by TalkSupeBlog (@TalkSupeBlog) on May 16, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    This sounds cool, I like flash forward stories too! Thanks for dropping by Talk Supe WoW

  22. #24 by Michael on May 16, 2012 - 4:47 pm

    Really great WoW pick. I am adding it to my goodreads. Sounds like an interesting book especially with the magic aspect. =] Thanks for visiting My WoW

  23. #25 by wefancybooks on May 16, 2012 - 4:57 pm

    This sounds like a very good book! I’m definitely adding this on the pile~ Great pick!

    My WoW picks here

    Jay
    We Fancy Books

  24. #26 by Jennifer @ Dream Reads on May 16, 2012 - 5:13 pm

    This sounds really good. And it’s set in London which is one of my fave book settings. Will add to my to-be-read pile because I have not heard of till now. And the whole idea of magic and having part of a soul in a box, and that Gavin can see magic sounds pretty cool, too. Thanks for sharing & stopping by my WoW :)

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

    • #27 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:37 pm

      Read an Indie novel called Osric’s Wand: The Wand Maker’s Debate by Jack Albrecht where he used a similar pretense with seeing magic. Was a very good read if you are willing to try indie – some of my favorites some from there. Thanks for stopping in and posting!

  25. #28 by starryeyedjen29 on May 16, 2012 - 5:22 pm

    This one sounds fantastic….love a historical setting and magic, but to tie it in with the present is greatness!

    Thanks for stopping by my WoW post. Happy Wednesday! :D

    • #29 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:35 pm

      Those are two great things that go great together! Thanks for coming by and posting as well.

  26. #30 by Debs from Debra's Book Cafe on May 16, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Fab Wow!!! This sounds great! :-)

    Debs from Debra’s Book Cafe

  27. #31 by Christin on May 16, 2012 - 6:34 pm

    This sounds like a really interesting book – thanks for sharing!

  28. #32 by Tamara on May 16, 2012 - 7:05 pm

    Sounds really intriguing… might have to read this one!

    Tamara @ Book Ruckus

  29. #33 by Annabelle Marie (@AnnabelleMarieV) on May 16, 2012 - 7:13 pm

    Excellent pick! It’s going on my TBR stack right now!

    Thanks for dropping by, darling!

  30. #34 by June on May 16, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    I’m not much of a fantasy reader, but this does sound pretty intriguing. I wouldn’t mind being part of the readers, right out of the box, that discovers this author. Great selection and write-up!

    • #35 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:34 pm

      He seems to be doing well-enough with the UK audience already and looking forward to getting into it myself this fall/winter.

  31. #36 by Ashelynn Hetland on May 16, 2012 - 10:02 pm

    this one sounds really good! love the cover and summary. great pick! :)

  32. #37 by Michele // Just a Lil Lost on May 16, 2012 - 11:21 pm

    Oooooh that sounds really good!!! I haven’t heard of this but I love the premise! Thanks for sharing :)

    BTW, I love the font that your post is in! What is it?

    And thanks for stopping by!

    Michele | WoW

    • #38 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:31 pm

      Not sure which font it uses but the Theme is Fusion by digitalnature. Thank you for dropping in as well!

  33. #39 by Edward on May 17, 2012 - 12:03 am

    This one sounds really great. Thanks for sharing this awesome book :))

    Thanks for dropping by!
    Kari Po-Ku Reads

  34. #40 by Kimberley@sunnykimmylovinglife on May 17, 2012 - 12:09 am

    OK, so the first thing I think of when I see the author’s name, Treadwell, is author/ journalist Mason Treadwell from that TV show Revenge. As for my thoughts on the actual book? Wait, What?! The box contains a part of his soul? If that’s meant literally I am so reading this book!

    • #41 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:28 pm

      Let us know how you like it and if you do a review feel free to share your link with us – thanks for dropping in!

  35. #42 by Andrea @The Boookish Babe on May 17, 2012 - 12:34 am

    Nice pick. This sounds like a well-rounded story.
    Thanks for sharing!

  36. #43 by ayanamifaerudo on May 17, 2012 - 12:35 am

    I don’t know why but it reminds me of something I’ve read or watched before. I can’t remember what it was, but Advent sparks something.

    Thanks for stopping by. ^_^

  37. #44 by sarah@catchingbooks on May 17, 2012 - 12:48 am

    This book sounds really interesting!! I will be sure to check it out :)

    Happy reading and thanks for stopping by!!

    • #45 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:25 pm

      Thank you Sarah and know that anytime you post, feel free to leave a link back to your blog – all about sharing!

  38. #46 by myparahangover on May 17, 2012 - 1:13 am

    I checked this out and it sounds really good! I added it to my TBR (UGH, more!)

    Thank you soooo much for stopping by my blog today! I’m a new follower b/c I think you can actually help with my hubby’s book picks. He’s always looking for new reads but he’s so darn picky!! Now I can go to something like your Sanderson post and tell him about a new book (he was like, eh, he’s still waiting for #2 of Stormlight) and sound like I know what I’m talking about ;) Thanks a ton!!!

  39. #48 by Jessica @ Book Sake on May 17, 2012 - 1:31 am

    I cannot wait to read this one. The storyline sounds fantastic!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

  40. #49 by Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text) on May 17, 2012 - 1:54 am

    I got this from NetGalley. Seeing your post made me want to read it even sooner than I was planning :-)

    • #50 by tcabn on May 17, 2012 - 2:20 pm

      I hope you enjoy it and please let us know how it was – even send a link this way if you post a review so we can check it out. Thanks for stopping by!

  41. #51 by Vanya D. on May 17, 2012 - 5:55 am

    I must say that the summary intrigued me very much. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my WOW!

  42. #52 by Maja (The Nocturnal Library) on May 17, 2012 - 6:33 am

    Oh, this sounds lovely! Small town creepiness. It’s more MG than YA, it seems, but maybe I can make an exception and read it anyway.
    Great pick! Thanks for stopping by.

  43. #53 by Monaliz on May 17, 2012 - 4:37 pm

    Sounds like a great read! :) Probably have to check out myself, too!

    Thanks for sharing, and thanks for stopping by!

    Monaliz @ Mind Reading?

  44. #54 by Patricia BookExhibitionism on May 18, 2012 - 3:11 am

    I have to admit that I didn’t know about this before, but your “Here’s Why” absolutely convinced me to at least check this one out! :O

  45. #55 by Krazzyme on May 18, 2012 - 4:07 am

    First time I’ve heard of this one…Looks different!

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  46. #56 by Jasprit on May 18, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Woah this sounds amazing and it’s got a mixture of fantasy and contemporary? Fab pick! And thanks for stopping by!

  47. #57 by Traci @ The Reading Geek on May 18, 2012 - 11:55 pm

    Great pick! I haven’t heard of this yet but it sounds really interesting! I will definitely have to check it out! Thanks for stopping by my post!

  48. #58 by Steph (@FABR_Steph) on May 19, 2012 - 11:28 am

    This sounds absolutely fascinating. I am not sure that I would have picked it up on my own, so thanks for sharing it. - FABR Steph

  49. #59 by The Muggle on May 20, 2012 - 6:20 pm

    Advent sounds so good :)
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW!

    The Muggle
    -Giveaways + Kindle Deals
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  50. #60 by Maria Behar on May 20, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    Hi, there!

    Thank you so much for commenting on my WOW post, and sorry for taking so long to comment back on yours…

    What a FABULOUS pick!!!!! I LOVE it!!! I’m a die-hard fantasy fan (I worship Tolkien, and adore Rowling), so this book absolutely pulls me right in!!! I wish I had come over a lot sooner! This novel is going right onto my TBR shelf on Goodreads!!!!!

    Thank you SO much for bringing ADVENT to our attention!! : )

  51. #61 by Sophie on May 24, 2012 - 8:44 pm

    It doesn’t sound like something I’d usually pick up, but I’ll keep my eyes open to see what people think of it :)

  52. #62 by Sophie on May 24, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    Doesn’t sound like something I’d usually pick up, but seems nice! Great pick :)

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