Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Me on Waiting on Wednesday (117)

Waiting on Wednesday is a bunch of weekly fun hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. :)

Title: The Night Itself
Author: Zoë Marriott
Release Date: July 4, 2013
Publisher: Walker Books

From Goodreads:

A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.

When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana - an ancestral Japanese sword - out of its hiding place in her parent's attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.

The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend's party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.

The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.

Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it's already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.

With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru - and the devoted protection of the bewitchingly familiar Shinobu - Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn't learn how to control the katana's incredible powers, she's in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can't keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she'll lose not only her own life... but the love of a lifetime.

I want this book. It sounds interesting, filled with Japanese culture and London's geography. The cover is stunning, the simple and striking colours and artwork. :)


  1. Ooh. That cover reminds me of the White Curse re-done covers by Holly Black. And is it bad to say that I've never heard of Zoe Marriott before? :$

    I love the interblending of cultures. I see it happening more often now which is just great!

    Ellen @ Elle-Osophy
    My WOW post

  2. Ahh, so much awesome! I hadn't heard of this one before, and I'm definitely going to grab a copy. Great pick!

  3. ooh I hadn't heard of this yet but I loved Shadows on the Moon!