Can’t-Wait Wednesday: A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii

Posted May 10, 2023 by Stephanie in can't-wait wednesday / 16 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read.



A Day of Fire: A Novel of Pompeii
by Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, Eliza Knight, Sophie Perinot and Vicky Alvear Shecter
Expected publication: August 8, 2023 by William Morrow Paperbacks

From six bestselling authors, including New York Times bestseller Kate Quinn, comes a vividly imagined anthology of stories following the lives of those in ancient Pompeii on the fateful day Mount Vesuvius erupts.

Pompeii was a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of the Roman Empire. When Vesuvius erupted in an explosion of flame and ash, the entire town would be destroyed. Some of its citizens died in the chaos, some escaped the mountain’s wrath . . . and these are their stories:

A boy loses his innocence in Pompeii’s flourishing streets.

An heiress dreads her wedding day, not knowing it will be swallowed by fire.

An ex-legionary stakes his entire future on a gladiator bout destined never to be finished.

A crippled senator welcomes death, until a tomboy on horseback comes to his rescue.

A young mother faces an impossible choice for her unborn child as the ash falls.

A priestess and a prostitute seek redemption and resurrection as the town is buried.

Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each other’s paths during Pompeii’s fiery end. But who will escape, and who will be buried for eternity?



This is kind of a special book to feature today because I’ve already read A Day of Fire back at the end of 2014 (it released on November 4th 2014). But I just learned it’s being rereleased in August with a brand new cover *cue fangirl screams*. It’s one of my all time favorite books so I would highly recommend it and I plan on reposting my review of it around the publishing date and maybe even buy the new paperback as well.


The original cover:



Are you also looking forward to this book? What cover do you like the best, the new or old one?
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