I Can't Wait for... Questland by Carrie Vaughn

Sci-fi/Fantasy Books Coming Soon!

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted over at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about and have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released, but not necessarily. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, which was originally hosted at Breaking the Spine. 

My pick for this week sounds like Jurassic Park for Dungeons & Dragons fans, complete with technology-fueled magic and a kickass heroine who must save the day from man and military... 

Author: Carrie Vaughn
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication Date: June 22, 2021
Genres: Sci-fi/Fantasy
Shelves: Female-authored, female-fronted

Dr. Addie Cox is a literature professor living a happy, if sheltered, life in her ivory tower when Harris Lang, the famously eccentric billionaire tech genius, hires her to guide a mercenary strike team to his island retreat off the northwest coast of the United States. Cox is puzzled by their need for her, until she understands what Lang has built. It's said that sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic, and Lang wanted to prove it. On this distant outpost, he has created an enclave full of fantasy and gaming tropes made real, with magic rings that work via neurotransmitters, invisible cloaks made of nanotech smart fabric, and mythological creatures built from genetic engineering and bionics.

Unfortunately for Lang, the designers and engineers hired to construct his Questland have mutinied. Using an energy field, they''ve cut off any communications and are preventing any approach to the island. Lang must retake control before the U.S. military intervenes. The problem? The mutiny is being led by the project's chief designer, Dominic Brand, who also happens to be Addie Cox's ex-boyfriend. It's up to her to quell the brewing tensions between the tech genius, the armed mercenaries, and her former lover before the island goes up in flames.


  1. I have this on my list too, it sounds like a bunch of fun!

  2. Love that cover, and it sounds good! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!
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  3. Carrie Vaughn! I love her books! I hadn't heard of this one yet though, and this one sound like another winner. I am adding it to my wish list right now. Thank you for bringing it to my attention.

  4. I've never read Carrie Vaughn. This one is on my radar though!

  5. Haha - this sounds great. It conjures Jurassic Park - without the Jurassic.

  6. Ooo... what a fabulous choice! And if it's written by Carrie Vaughn, then it's going on my TBR pile - I LOVE her writing. Thank you for sharing:))


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