Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly series hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.
This week’s Waiting on Wednesday pick is the first book in a new fantasy series set in a world described as a Sapphic utopia: The Cerulean by Amy Ewing!
Honestly, we were sold with just the phrase, “Sapphic utopia.”
Of course, not everything is as it seems in this amazing lesbian paradise (read: floating city), and a human sacrifice is chosen to free the city of Cerulean from its tether, allowing it to find a new planet.
The Cerulean — and its gorgeous cover — will hit shelves at the end of the month, on January 29.
Sera has always felt as if she didn’t belong among her people, the Cerulean. She is curious about everything and can’t stop questioning her three mothers, her best friend, Leela, and even the High Priestess. Sera has longed for the day when the tether that connects her City Above the Sky to the earthly world below finally severs and sends the Cerulean to a new planet.
But when Sera is chosen as the sacrifice to break the tether, she doesn’t know what to feel. To save her City, Sera must throw herself from its edge and end her own life. But something goes wrong and she survives the fall, landing in a place called Kaolin. She has heard tales about the humans there, and soon learns that the dangers her mothers warned her of are real. If Sera has any hope to return to her City, she’ll have to find the magic within herself to survive.