I Can’t Wait For…Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans

Posted 20th April 2022 by Sia in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 0 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about but haven’t yet read. Most of the time they’re books that have yet to be released, but not always. It’s based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme, which was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week my Can’t-Wait-For is Notorious Sorcerer by Davinia Evans!

Notorious Sorcerer (The Burnished City #1) by Davinia Evans
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Queer MC, M/M
Published on: 13th September 2022

Since the city of Bezim was shaken half into the sea by a magical earthquake, the Inquisitors have policed alchemy with brutal efficiency. Nothing too powerful, too complicated, too much like real magic is allowed–and the careful science that’s left is kept too expensive for any but the rich and indolent to tinker with. Siyon Velo, a glorified errand boy scraping together lesson money from a little inter-planar fetch and carry, doesn’t qualify.

But when Siyon accidentally commits a public act of impossible magic, he’s catapulted into the limelight. Except the limelight is a bad place to be when the planes themselves start lurching out of alignment, threatening to send the rest of the city into the sea.

Now Siyon, a dockside brat who clawed his way up and proved himself on rooftops with saber in hand, might be Bezim’s only hope. Because if they don’t fix the cascading failures of magic in their plane, the Powers and their armies in the other three will do it for them.

Once I hear that your fantasy is queer, you have my attention. When you tell me that the romance subplot is best described as a ‘meet snark‘, I’m hitting the preorder button!

It doesn’t at all hurt that it sounds like Notorious Sorcerer is going to be dealing with classism, that it’s already been blurbed as having a ‘refreshingly new’ kind of magic, and that I’ve adored all the excerpts Evans has posted on Twitter and in her newsletter so far. Going from those excerpts, I already know I really, really enjoy Evans’ prose – and that’s a big deal, because prose I don’t get on with is the #1 reason debuts/authors I don’t know disappoint me. AND THAT’S DEFINITELY NOT GONNA HAPPEN HERE. !

I’m very intrigued by what appears to be a winged figure on the cover, and the Powers mentioned in the description – will they be elemental-type beings? Gods? Extremely powerful now semi-mortal magic users??? I don’t know, but I can’t wait to find out!

As I said, I’ve already preordered this one. You should too!

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