The Pond Book News #109 – Asian Stories in the Spotlight: Romance, Time-Travel, & a South Asian SFF Anthology!

Welcome to Issue #109!

Sprout the sparrow, doing a curtsy with their eyes closed and a smile on their face. Their cape swooshes in the wind with their arm extended in their curtsy.

The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcome to another exciting week of The Pond Book News! Every Sunday, The Quiet Pond brings you a fresh issue of book news to catch you up on the week’s lineup of diverse book releases, cover reveals, book news, and sometimes more! Now, onwards to the brilliant books!

Book Releases this Week [November 21st – November 27th]

The Bone Shard Emperor by Andrea Stewart

Andrea Stewart returns with The Bone Shard Emperor, the second installment of this unmissable, action-packed, magic-laced fantasy epic.

The Emperor is Dead. Long live the Emperor.  

Lin Sukai finally sits on the throne she won at so much cost, but her struggles are only just beginning. Her people don’t trust her. Her political alliances are weak. And in the north-east of the Empire, a rebel army of constructs is gathering, its leader determined to take the throne by force.  

Yet an even greater threat is on the horizon, for the Alanga – the powerful magicians of legend – have returned to the Empire. They claim they come in peace, and Lin will need their help in order to defeat the rebels and restore peace.  

But can she trust them?

Releases on Nov 23. Add this book to Goodreads!

Book News

Cover Reveal: Hana Hsu and the Ghost Crab Nation by Sylvia Liu

Illustration: Fiona Hsieh | Design: Jessica Jenkins | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Love Radio by Ebony LaDelle

Illustration: Noa Denmon | Design: Krista Vossen | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Lies We Tell by Katie Zhao

Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Not Good for Maidens by Tori Bovalino

Illustration: Peter Strain | Design: Julia Tyler | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: Lucie Yi is Not a Romantic by Lauren Ho

Illustration: TBA | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Cover Reveal: The Emma Project by Sonali Dev

Illustration: TBA | Design: TBA | Add this book to Goodreads!


Book Announcement: An exciting YA anthology edited by Sona Charaipotra and Samira Ahmed featuring South Asian SFF stories!


Book Announcement: A queer speculative YA by Maria Ingrande Mora about a girl with anxiety and the bad boy she crushes on


Book Announcement: Julie Kagawa’s forthcoming YA fantasy series about a thieves’ guild in a desert empire


Book Announcement: A YA rom-com by Jennifer Chen about a girl caught between romance and her ex


Book Announcement: A YA time travel novel by Maurene Goo about a teen who gets sent back to the 1990’s


Book Announcement: A YA romance by Lakita Wilson featuring a dance, a heartbroken girl, and her four unrequited crushes


Book Announcement: An estranged-childhood-friends-to-lovers YA romance by Dana Davis about a normal girl and teen musical star


Book Announcement: A YA fantasy graphic novel about ecological destruction, the fey, and baking by Fern Haught


Book Announcement: A musical YA contemporary by Tobias Madden about a gamer teen who goes undercover at a local play


Book Announcement: A middle grade graphic novel by Whitney Leopard and Connie Hernandez about anxiety and fatphobia


Book Announcement: A coming-of-age middle grade by Kyla Zhao about a young chess prodigy


Book Announcement: A middle grade historical about a girl in the aftermath of the Vietnam War by DoanPhuong Nguyen

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