**Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. **
Title: Tess of the Road
Author: Rachel Hartman
Publication Date: February 27th 2018
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Summary from Goodreads:
In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons get to be whomever they want. Tess, stubbornly, is a troublemaker. You can’t make a scene at your sister’s wedding and break a relative’s nose with one punch (no matter how pompous he is) and not suffer the consequences. As her family plans to send her to a nunnery, Tess yanks on her boots and sets out on a journey across the Southlands, alone and pretending to be a boy.
Where Tess is headed is a mystery, even to her. So when she runs into an old friend, it’s a stroke of luck. This friend is a quigutl–a subspecies of dragon–who gives her both a purpose and protection on the road. But Tess is guarding a troubling secret. Her tumultuous past is a heavy burden to carry, and the memories she’s tried to forget threaten to expose her to the world in more ways than one.
Why I Can’t Wait: First, can we talk about that gorgeous cover?! That dragon and the color treatment that makes him look like a mountain is just… I love it. Anyways, I’m really into anything dragons and I recently read a really great novel featuring dragons that has me amped up for more books featuring these creatures in any way. Tess of the Road sounds like it is different than the usual dragon book and I’m all for it! I can’t wait to meet Tess and join her on her journey.