Page to Screen is thrilled to share with you a round up, of books we’re barely containing our excitement for. Let us know your favorites.
To kick off the series we’d like to present you with “Witches Steeped in Gold”, by Ciannon Smart. The book’s tag line immediately snagged our interest: “Trust No Witch”. Okay, if you’re twisting our arm, we’ll investigate. The summary is as follows, Iraya Adair has spent her life in a cell. Heir of an overthrown and magically-gifted dynasty, she was exiled from her home on the island nation of Aiyca when she was just a child. But every day brings her closer to freedom – and vengeance. Jazmyne Cariot grew up dressed in gold, with stolen magic at her fingertips. Daughter of the self-crowned doyenne, her existence is a threat to her mother’s rule. But unlike her sister, Jazmyne has no intention of dying to strengthen her mother’s power. Sworn enemies, the two witches enter a deadly alliance to take down the woman who threatens both their worlds. But revenge is a bloody pursuit, and nothing is certain – except the lengths Iraya and Jazmyne will go to win this game. Two witches. One motive. And a very untrustworthy alliance. This screams CW, and to be honest they are long overdue for something outside of their all super heroes all the time tropes. While we love the DC narrative we’ve been missing intrigue on their channel. This would also make for a great Netflix show à la Cursed, or Hulu with their continued failure to produce “Throne of Glass”, we don’t see why they’d sit on their heels and pass up “Witches Steeped in Gold”.
After the success and decadence of Carnival Row, we’d love to see Amazon Studios tackle this title, “Among The Beasts & Briars”.
Cerys is safe in the Kingdom of Aloriya. Here there are no droughts, disease, or famine, and peace is everlasting. It has been this way for hundreds of years, since the first king made a bargain with the Lady who ruled the forest that borders the kingdom. But as Aloriya prospered, the woods grew dark, cursed, and forbidden. Cerys knows this all too well: When she was young, she barely escaped as the woods killed her friends and her mother. Now Cerys carries a small bit of the curse—the magic—in her blood, a reminder of the day she lost everything. As a new queen is crowned, however, things long hidden in the woods descend on the kingdom itself. Cerys is forced on the run, her only companions a small and irritating fox from the royal garden and the magic in her veins. It’s up to her to find the legendary Lady of the Wilds and beg for a way to save her home. But the road is darker and more dangerous than she knows, and as secrets from the past are uncovered amid the teeth and roots of the forest, it’s going to take everything she has just to survive.
HBO should take a stab at “Cast in Firelight” although it wouldn’t be badly served on Apple TV. They’re due for a YA hit to add to their roster.
Adraa is the royal heir of Belwar, a talented witch on the cusp of taking her royal ceremony test, and a girl who just wants to prove her worth to her people. Jatin is the royal heir to Naupure, a competitive wizard who’s mastered all nine colors of magic, and a boy anxious to return home for the first time since he was a child. Together, their arranged marriage will unite two of Wickery’s most powerful kingdoms. But after years of rivalry from afar, Adraa and Jatin only agree on one thing: their reunion will be anything but sweet. Only, destiny has other plans and with the criminal underbelly of Belwar suddenly making a move for control, their paths cross…and neither realizes who the other is, adopting separate secret identities instead.Between dodging deathly spells and keeping their true selves hidden, the pair must learn to put their trust in the other if either is to uncover the real threat. Now Wickery’s fate is in the hands of rivals..? Fiancées..? Partners..? Whatever they are, it’s complicated and bound for greatness or destruction.
With the first book already optioned as a feature film at Sony, which we RAVED in our first read through would make a stupendous film, and we’d accept nothing less. You already know we’re chomping at the bit for the conclusion of “The Diabolic”, which may we remind you was supposed to be a stand alone novel (The tragedy!!!) we’re so thrilled, the final book releases August 26th. Yes, tomorrow, so click over to amazon or your favorite bookseller asap to snag a copy.