I Can’t Wait For…The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming: Practice by Sienna Tristen

Posted 24th August 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 Book is The Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming: Practice by Sienna Tristen!

The Heretic's Guide to Homecoming: Book Two: Practice by Sienna Tristen
Genres: Fantasy, Secondary World Fantasy, Queer Protagonists
Representation: BIPOC cast, asexual MC
Published on: 22nd October 2022

"All good theory stands up to the test of practice."

Freshly-risen from the underworld of his insecurities, Ronoah Genoveffa Elizzi-denna Pilanovani is halfway through his journey to the fabled Pilgrim State. But the world this side of the Iphigene Sea is not an easy one: violence and subterfuge litter the way forward, and something meaner stalks the edges of Ronoah’s certainty, something that threatens to turn the very reason for his pilgrimage to dust.

To survive, he will have to be clever and kind in equal measure. To ask for help from the acrobats and queens-to-be and foreigners’ gods that cross his path. To confront that beguiling, bewildering companion he travels with, the one whose secrets are so vast and unforgivable. He will have to draw on every story he knows in order to make it to the Pilgrim State with his soft heart intact—and then make it home again.

Mythic and multilayered, the final installment of the Heretic’s Guide to Homecoming duology is a love letter to losing and regaining faith in the ways you move through the world.

Seeing as how my review for Book One: Theory went live last week, of course my next Can’t Wait Wednesday post is going to feature the upcoming Book Two: Practice!

I really, REALLY can’t wait to see how the incredible growth Ronoah underwent in Theory…well, stands up to practice! And I’m so ridiculously excited to finally see the Pilgrim State – and maybe we’ll even find out what on Earth (…or off it???) Reilin’s deal is? I LIVE IN HOPE!

The content warnings make it clear that Practice is going to be a fair bit darker than Theory – it sounds like Ronoah and Reilin will be travelling through a warzone at some point – and I haven’t missed that this time around, the gorgeous cover has knives and a baseball bat on it! (I mean, not a baseball bat. Because Ronoah’s world definitely doesn’t have baseball. But it’s that kind of shape, isn’t it?) But I’m not sure anything could make me hesitate to pounce on a book of Tristen’s, at this point!

It probably makes me a terrible person, but I’m kind of curious to see how Ronoah reacts to/deals with violence? And how the fundamentally optimistic vibe Tristen established in the first book carries over. If it does. I hope it does! But either way…



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