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:

The Shattered CourtTitle: The Shattered Court (A Novel of the Four Arts #1)

Author: M.J. Scott

Genre: Fantasy, Romance

Anticipated Publication Date: April 28, 2015 by Roc

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.

Let me just reiterate that for you: royalty…witches…kingdom in chaos…captain of the royal guard…temptation of power. I need THE SHATTERED COURT by M.J. Scott! It sounds like it’s got the same kind of vibe as Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder, which is one of my favourite fantasy romance series. There’s no way in hell I could resist this – I’ll be sure to read a lot in April so I won’t feel guilty about pre-ordering The Shattered Court!

Many thanks to my friend Anya over at On Starships and Dragonwings for bringing The Shattered Court to my attention. She’s always got her finger on the pulse of all the best new releases. Keep up the fantastic book recs, Anya! I’m always in the mood for a good book about witches.