Waiting On Wednesday: Crier’s War by Nina Varela

Waiting on Wednesday


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event created by Breaking the Spine in which an anticipated title is highlighted. You can find their website here.



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Published: 1 October 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

Category: Fantasy/Young Adult/LGBT+

From debut author Nina Varela comes the first book in an Own Voices, richly imagined epic fantasy duology about an impossible love between two girls—one human, one Made—whose romance could be the beginning of a revolution.

Perfect for fans of Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse as well as Game of Thrones and Westworld.

After the War of Kinds ravaged the kingdom of Rabu, the Automae, designed to be the playthings of royals, usurped their owners’ estates and bent the human race to their will.

Now Ayla, a human servant rising in the ranks at the House of the Sovereign, dreams of avenging her family’s death…by killing the sovereign’s daughter, Lady Crier.

Crier was Made to be beautiful, flawless, and to carry on her father’s legacy. But that was before her betrothal to the enigmatic Scyre Kinok, before she discovered her father isn’t the benevolent king she once admired, and most importantly, before she met Ayla.

Now, with growing human unrest across the land, pressures from a foreign queen, and an evil new leader on the rise, Crier and Ayla find there may be only one path to love: war.


I’ve seen a lot of talk about Crier’s War on Twitter and I got interested in it. Looking at the description, it certainly has a lot that attracts me. A F/F romance that looks to be hate-to-love, a main character who is an Automae (a cyborg of sorts?), another main character who wants to lead a revolution to save her people. These are just three things that set off good alarms in my brain.

I’ve got so many questions I want to answer by reading this book. What does it mean to be Automae? What, exactly, happened during and after the War of the Kinds?  How is Ayla planning on avenging her family and making it out alive? What about the rest of humankind? Are they going to use Ayla as a kind of spy/figurehead?

I keep thinking of more questions as I type and it’s so hard to stop. lol Luckily I got an ARC so I’ll be able to figure things out sooner rather than later. Woo hoo!

Is Crier’s War on your TBR? What kind of questions do you have about the plot? Let me know in the comment section below. 🙂






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