Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Title: Fate of the Fallen
Author: Kel Kade
Publisher: Tor Books
Length: 344 pages
Release Date: November 5, 2019
Blurb (from GoodReads): Everyone loves Mathias. So naturally, when he discovers it’s his destiny to save the world, he dives in head first, pulling his best friend Aaslo along for the ride.
Mathias is thrilled for the adventure! There’s nothing better than a road beneath his feet and adventure in the air. Aaslo, on the other hand, has never cared for the world beyond the borders of his sleepy village and would be much happier alone and in the woods. But, someone has to keep the Chosen One’s head on his shoulders and his feet on the ground.
It turns out saving the world isn’t as easy, or exciting, as it sounds in the stories. Mathias is more than willing to place his life on the line, but Aaslo would love nothing more than to forget about all the talk of arcane bloodlines and magical fae creatures. When the going gets rough, folks start to believe their only chance for survival is to surrender to the forces of evil, which isn’t how the stories go. At all. To make matters worse Aaslo is beginning to fear that he may have lost his mind…
Why I’m Excited For It: I’m not even going to lie to you guys, I wasn’t that excited for this prior to yesterday. I mean- sure, it was on the TBR, it promised to be dark and bloody, it was from Tor, but there wasn’t much in that blurb that really spoke to me.
Anyway- I won a Goodreads giveaway for it, and it arrived in the mail yesterday. I cracked it open, as I do with all the new books I receive, and I read the letter from the editor talking about how he knew right from the beginning it would become a new favorite. And I thought to myself, Okay, Mr. Editor. That’s pretty cool and now I’m excited for it but still, your job is to sell books, so there’s that.
But then I flipped to the back cover and I read this (and I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t tell you if this is spoiler content or not, just know that if you have strict definitions of spoilers- don’t read this…).
What if Frodo got assassinated by Sauron and Sam had to finish the quest?
And I thought to myself,
Expletive Deleted Because There Is A Child In My House. Hell. Yeah. Nobody likes Frodo anyway. He’s like the least interesting character/entity/thing in the entirety of Lord of the Rings. Honestly they should just replace the blurb entirely with that one line. Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before?!
So. Kel Kade is turning the Chosen One trope on it’s head, which is maybe my least favorite trope, and I absolutely can’t wait.
Which new releases are you looking forward to?