The Pond Book News #26 – An Eventful Week of Excellent Cover Reveals and Exciting Announcements

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Welcome to Issue #26!

The trees are whispering…

Friends, welcomeSprout 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. 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! We also feature three incredible people in the book community every week, to highlight the important work that readers do in celebrating the books they love. Onward to the news!

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Pondathon: New Side Quest Available – Sing, Amina and Bao! Sing!

Pondathon: Readathon side-quest available!

New to the Pondathon’s story?
Read this prologue first
 or read the previous chapter.

As Amina nears the Pond, the quills on her back begin to tingle – she’s acutely attuned to the Pond’s magic, and yet, it doesn’t feel like it always does.

Rather, the Pond’s magic feels discordant, tumultuous, cacophonic. After Bao found her leagues away from the Pond, the pair have spent the last week journeying back. Bao has been a steadfast companion – patient with Amina (fast travel was never her strong suit) but also an infallible compass through the ruins of the now-unfamiliar forest. The forest is now bare, ruined from wicked and mean-spirited magic, and Amina’s heart aches at the sight.

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Sprout’s Most Anticipated Reads of 2020

The Pond's Most Anticipated Books. Sprout's Most Anticipated Reads of 2020. An image of Xiaolong the axolotl, Cuddle the otter, and Sprout the sparrow, reading together under a book fort.

Hello, lovely friends! I hope the year has been kind to you so far, that it has brought you new beginnings and warmth and excitement. Welcome to our little blanket fort of books to come!

Today, Sprout and I are delighted to talk to you about our five most anticipated reads for the year! It was really, really hard whittling this list down to just five books (how blessed we are this year to bear witness to so many incredible diverse releases, honestly!), but we tried our best! Most of this list is diverse fantasy, because we wouldn’t be us anymore if we weren’t forever-smitten with magic, but we also tried to pick different types of fantasy to diversify the selection pool a little. Here you’ll find golden blood and poisonous curses, haunted manors and bright-eyed witches.

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Pondathon: New Side Quest Available – Help Gen Make Healing Potions!

Pondathon: Readathon side-quest available!

New to the Pondathon’s story?
Read this prologue first
 or read the previous chapter.

Sounds of the battle echo across the Pond.

Xiaolong and her team are keeping the shadows at bay and so far, they have successfully held steady their positions. But as the fight stretches into the dying light, the shadow’s power intensifies – so do the number of those injured.

Gen had prepared plenty of healing potions before the fight began, but he never anticipated that he would need even more. Gen works his fastest, but herbalism and alchemy are exact arts that require time, care, and patience. And as the injured and weary trickle into the Pond to seek rest from the battle, he fears that his best is not enough.

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