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 would be my first visit to Xanth in ages, but I love the pairing of a shape-changing alien cuttlefish, a girl in a boy’s body, and the promise of hosting a Demoness…
Title: Skeleton Key
Author: Piers Anthony
Publisher: Open Road Media
Publication Date: Jan. 19, 2021
Genres: Epic fantasy
Shelves: Female-fronted, transgender
There’s no dancing around a demonic threat in the fantasy world of Xanth in the New York Times–bestselling series.
Squid, the alien cuttlefish, is getting an upgrade: a boost to her shape-changing talent so she can lead a mission against a foreign Demon who’s stirring up trouble in Xanth. At Squid’s side are her rescued siblings and one very special child—Larry, a girl in a boy’s body, who will act as a secret host for their adoptive mother, the Demoness Fornax.
Aboard the Fire Boat, they form a plan to disguise themselves as a traveling dance troupe. Each child is paired up with a native Xanthian. But it’s the friendship that blossoms between Squid and Larry that will power their quest, and they’ll have to do some fancy footwork to avoid the trials and tribulations that await them.