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 Book is Princess of the Pomegranate Moon by Emily Wynne!
Genres: Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: Bi/pansexual nonbinary trans MC
Published on: 17th November 2023
In this late age, seasons have lost their steady cadence, and the Pomegranate Moon rises over the Mountain.
In the Season of Shadows, a silver light is cast by a moon crowned with an ominous rainbow mist—the Pomegranate Moon. A small, fearful village crouches below, hidden in the shadow of a forbidden sacred mountain rumored to be the gate to Faerie.
Out of the darkness emerges Elsinore—a dancer in a brightly colored dress and rainbow shawls. While she drums a hypnotic beat and dances with floating flames, the townsfolk watch and wonder over her origin and identity—mysteries Elsinore herself seeks the key to.
A hallowed priestess and sorceress, Elsinore has spent a lifetime embracing the woman she has always known herself to be. But deep within, the painful enigma of her youth keeps her shackled to the past, haunted by guilt and grief. Disregarding the whispers and ancient warnings, Elsinore descends into the heart of the Mountain, seeking the final truths of her identity.
Will Elsinore uncover what she needs to become whole, or will she lose herself to the Mountain?
I only just heard of Princess of the Pomegranate Moon, thanks to Danni Finn’s review on Before We Go – and now I’m absolutely dying to get my hands on it! “You should read this book if you want a trippy romantic fantasy adventure with a nonbinary trans heroine seeking the key to her identity deep in a mythological mountain.” –yep! YEP, THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT I WANT, PLEASE AND THANK YOU, CAN THE 17TH COME A LITTLE FASTER PLEASE???
Seriously, if you aren’t won over by the book’s blurb, you really need to read the review linked above – which goes into a lot more detail and gives a LOT more reasons for why this instantly became a must-read for me!
Digging around the net, I managed to find a few excerpts – there’s this short one from Wynne’s twitter, and you can read the whole first chapter here, at the publisher’s website. I’m extremely picky about prose – in terms of whether I enjoy a book or not, it matters more than any other element – and this is satisfyingly lush and descriptive.
ALL BOXES HAVE BEEN TICKED!
Right now you can preorder the ebook of Princess of the Pomegranate Moon over on Itch, and I’m sure if we keep an eye out, paper copies will be available around pub day!