Welcome to Colsten Can’t Wait, which is my verison of Waiting On Wednesday! Every week, my cat and I pick out an upcoming book we’re looking forward to and highlight it! This week, we picked out Gravemaidens!
The start of a fierce fantasy duology about three maidens who are chosen for their land’s greatest honor…and one girl determined to save her sister from the grave. In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame. When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her. But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence. Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There she discovers more danger lurking in the sand-stone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself.
This book sounds dark, but not in the usual way. It sounds like it’s going to have dark themes and dark things are going to happen, but I don’t think it’s going to be dark in the sense that there’s going to be lots of gore, which I’m looking forward too! I could be wrong and that’s fine with me haha. I have been really interested in stories with sister relationships recently and this book sounds like it’s going to be an amazing one. One sister who wants the honor of being buried with the ruler, in turn being buried alive, and one sister sees it as a death sentence. Yes, that sounds complicated and I cannot wait to see how it plays out. Also, I love plots where the palace holds secrets they want to keep buried (haha, pun not intended). Until recently, I thought this was a standalone, but it’s actually a duology! So it looks like there will be more secrets than meets the eye. I can’t wait to read it!
Thank you for reading!