"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, originally started by Jill at Breaking the Spine , that highlights upcoming book releases everyone is waiting on...hence the title. This week's pick is Shadows on the Moon by UK author Zoe Marriott. Here is the Goodreads description:
"On my fourteenth birthday when the sakura was in full bloom, the men came to kill us. We saw them come, Aimi and me. We were excited, because we did not know how to be frightened. We had never seen soldiers before."
Suzume is a shadow-weaver. She can create mantles of darkness and light, walk unseen in the middle of the day, change her face. She can be anyone she wants to be. Except herself.
Suzume died officially the day the Prince's men accused her father of treason. Now even she is no longer sure of her true identity. Is she the girl of noble birth living under the tyranny of her mother’s new husband, Lord Terayama? A lowly drudge scraping a living in the ashes of Terayama’s kitchens? Or Yue, the most beautiful courtesan in the Moonlit Lands?
Everyone knows Yue is destined to capture the heart of a prince. Only she knows that she is determined to use his power to destroy Terayama.
And nothing will stop her. Not even love."
I recently met Zoe as part of her surprise author visit to Walker Books in London where she was greeted by a small barrage of UK book bloggers, including myself. She managed to infect me with her enthusiasm for all things Japanese and suddenly I found myself lusting after her new book, Shadows on the Moon. I love the idea of "shadow-weavers" and assuming new identities. Throw in a love story and I'm hooked! Shadows on the Moon will be published in July, 2011 and I've been very, very lucky to have received an ARC of it only I won't be reading/reviewing until closer to the release date so look out for that in the future.
If you can't wait, Zoe has written other books such as The Swan Kingdom which you can find out about here.
And Daughter of the Flames which you can find out about here.
How awesome are those book covers?! Find out more about Zoe and her books by visiting her website http://www.zoemarriott.com