Waiting on Wednesday – The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine to let us share our excitement for books coming out soon.

I loved Retribution Falls, but never read the rest of the series for some reason (I think it took a while to get published in the US?). Seeing Wooding try his hand at fantasy has me really excited, and while I only see it right now with Gollancz, I am really hoping that I get my hands on a copy.


The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding
Published by Gollancz on May 17th 2018
Pages: 368

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A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man’s journey to find his destiny.

Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He’s never questioned it; that’s just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend Cade are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free . . .

But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect him, or his people, but to enslave them. A revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.

The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings, the Excalibur of his people. Only with the Ember Blade in hand can their people be inspired to rise up . . . but it’s locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land. All they have to do now is steal it. . .

Designed to return to classic fantasy adventures and values, from a modern perspective, this is a fast-moving coming-of-age trilogy featuring a strong cast of diverse characters, brilliant set-pieces and a powerful character and plot driven story.

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20 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday – The Ember Blade by Chris Wooding”

  1. Ohh, I love the sound of this one – I haven’t read this author yet but I did recently buy a copy of Retribution.
    Lynn 😀

  2. This one looks fun! I love the sound of a traditional fantasy with diverse characters, and it has an amazing cover too. That one definitely makes me want to read it! 🙂

    1. Yep, I’d be happy if they just released audiobook over here 🙂 Will have to wait and see. I’ve been disappointed before with some UK releases not becoming readily available over here so I hate to watch them too close

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