“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Authors: James Treadwell
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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.
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.