Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The weekly event is meant to showcase eagerly anticipated upcoming releases…and to spread the word! This week I’m excited about:

Taste of DarknessTitle: Taste of Darkness (Healer #3)

Author: Maria V. Snyder

Publisher: Harlequin MIRA

Release Date: December 31st, 2013

This is the final volume in the series, so the plot synopsis does contain mild spoilers for the first two books.

She’s fought death and won. But how can she fight her fears?

Avry knows hardship and trouble. She fought the plague and survived. She took on King Tohon and defeated him. But now her heart-mate, Kerrick, is missing, and Avry fears he’s gone forever.

But there’s a more immediate threat. The Skeleton King plots to claim the Fifteen Realms for his own. With armies in disarray and the dead not staying down, Avry’s healing powers are needed now more than ever. Torn between love and loyalty, Avry must choose her path carefully. For the future of her world depends on her decision.

Maria V. Snyder has a reputation for writing plot-driven epic fantasy featuring strong female leads, and this series is no exception. This series is a great recommendation for newcomers to epic fantasy because it avoids the lengthy descriptions and dense world-building that people unfamiliar with the genre find so daunting.