Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.
Ninth City Burning by J. Patrick Black:
We never saw them coming.
Entire cities disappeared in the blink of an eye, leaving nothing but dust and rubble. When an alien race came to make Earth theirs, they brought with them a weapon we had no way to fight, a universe-altering force known as thelemity. It seemed nothing could stop it—until we discovered we could wield the power too.
Five hundred years later, the Earth is locked in a grinding war of attrition. The talented few capable of bending thelemity to their will are trained in elite military academies, destined for the front lines. Those who refused to support the war have been exiled to the wilds of a ruined Earth.
But the enemy’s tactics are changing, and Earth’s defenders are about to discover this centuries-old war has only just begun. As a terrible new onslaught looms, heroes will rise from unlikely quarters, and fight back.
I saw the cover of Ninth City Burning and my first thought was “I need this book”, without even knowing what it is about. Finding out it is about “centuries of war with aliens threaten the future of human civilization on earth” this became a must-have. Alien invasions and war against aliens is nothing new but when I actually think about how many books I’ve read on the topic, I can’t come up with many, even though it is a topic I love. And then there is the thing with thelemity, which definitely sounds interesting.