Sometimes, the fact we have to sit on something as amazing as this awesome cover really makes me twitch. It happens a lot – we can’t let you wonderful readers see the exact progress ‘behind the scenes’ – and I always feel a tad guilty for not letting you feast your eyes on truly amazing work until everything’s good to go.
First impressions and all that.
So without further hesitation, I am very pleased to reveal the cover for Dan Stride’s ‘Wise Phuul’ (out next month!)
Awesome, huh? The textures, especially, are going to look exceptional in the paperback version. And we got to work with the fabulous Venetia Jackson again – double points! We asked Dan to say a few words about the cover:
“One of the nice things about dealing with a small press is that you are more likely to have at least some say about the cover of your book (not guaranteed, of course, but if you want to avoid being turned into Fantasy Book #4317 with Generic Cloaked Bloke on the front, there’s a better chance they’ll listen to your concerns). In this case, I think Venetia Jackson’s work is simply gorgeous: Teltö looking out over the roofs of industrial Skeevereet captures the sooty setting and its dirty-handed protagonist very well. I also like the thematic aspect of the weather-vane, which I think says something about Teltö’s character and his role in the story (stop me if I get too analytical…). A beautiful cover all told, and very humbling for an author.”
And for those of you interested in the blurb…
Walking corpses and black-market liquor: the quiet life.
Teltö Phuul, Necromancer and Library Clerk, likes his days safe and predictable. Not for him the intrigues of the Viiminian Empire, a gothic monstrosity held together by sheer force of will.
Until the Empire’s dreaded secret police come knocking. Caught in a web of schemes in the diseased heart of Kuolinako, the underground Imperial capital, Teltö can trust no-one. Not the Northern theocrats who abhor Necromancy, and certainly not the Grand Chancellor, whose iron-fisted rule has kept the old order alive that little bit longer.
When one false step means torture and disappearance, this journey will change our Necromancer forever.
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