Archive for Cover Art
Mike here, your intrepid North American Sales & Marketing Manager. I’m very excited to reveal the cover to SUNSTONE, the second book in the Elemental Wars series (following HEARTWOOD) by Freya Robertson.
Brought to us by the marvelous Alejandro Colucci (who gave us the cover to SEVEN FORGES and HEARTWOOD), here’s SUNSTONE:
About SUNSTONE (warning: spoilers for HEARTWOOD)
The Incendi elementals that dwell beneath the mountains have found a way to tap into the Arbor’s roots, which stretch not only across the land but also through time, and King Pyra is determined to crush the ancient tree.
Twenty-two years after the defeat of the Darkwater Lords, Chonrad’s widow Procella and their three children are drawn back to Heartwood to investigate the rumour of strange fires springing up across the land. Across three separate timelines, the heroes must battle to join together their ancient sunstones, to overcome the Incendi threat, and to protect the Arbor and make earth victorious once more.
File Under: Fantasy
Excited yet? Here’s the cover to SUNSTONE next to the cover for HEARTWOOD:
You all know we’re fans of Joey Hi-Fi’s fantastic cover work, but the cover genie has really pulled it out of the bag (that’s a whole mixed-up metaphor, isn’t it?) with Chuck Wendig‘s The Cormorant! Less talking, more cover:
Here’s a reminder of Miriam Black’s first and second outings – don’t they look fab together?
Coming in at a whopping 1,024 pages (!) the volume comprises three novels:
- * The Crown of the Blood
- * The Crown of the Conqueror
- * The Crown of the Usurper
UK (and elsewhere) folk wanting to get their hands on this epic tale can order online at The Book Depository, which currently has it listed for just £7.70!
THE CROWN OF THE BLOOD
He had brought his master’s Empire to the furthest reaches of the world. All had fallen before him. Now he longs for home. But home isn’t what it was. Could it be that everything he’s fought for all those years has been a lie? A sweeping fantasy of immense battles, demonic magic and dark politics.
THE CROWN OF THE CONQUEROR
Ullsaard has won the crown But when he is confronted with a truth too shocking to contemplate, he has to make the impossible choice between power and honour. And now the real battle has begun in this stunning sequel to The Crown of the Blood, packed with gargantuan battles, demonic magic and treacherous politics.
THE CROWN OF THE USURPER
Ullsaard rules the known world. All are subject to his will. Yet even as another king bows before him, there are those who would wrench his empire from beneath him. He must risk losing the lands he has conquered to confront a foe far more powerful than any he has faced before.As alliances shift and old enemies return, will he save the empire he has given his life to, or let it fall to ruin?
Fantasy [ Epic battles / Political Intrigue / Mystical Powers / Hidden Rulers ]
“I tore through The Crown of the Blood in one long sitting… This is a properly high fantasy world – rock people, dark sorcery, landships, riding panther and (of course) dinosaurs – but all of it is introduced naturally and casually… his book is hairy, gory, sweaty, shameless… and perhaps even a little bit thoughtful.”
We’ve got yet another gorgeous new book cover to show off today. Here’s the artwork for Any Other Name, the second book in Emma Newman‘s utterly fabulous urban fantasy series The Split Worlds, with oodles of lovely twiddly bits (technical term, there) by the wonderfully talented Sarah J. Coleman:
Lovely stuff, no? Thanks to Charlotte and the gang at the Central Illustration Agency for sterling help too.
Readers of the mighty IO9.com have already been treated to a first-look at the cover art for Jay Posey‘s first Angry Robot novel – Three, part one of The Duskwalker Cycle – and will have had the opportunity to read an exclusive extract as well.
For anyone who missed out, here’s a second look at Steven Meyer-Rassow‘s brooding, menacing artwork:
Three will be hitting bookstore shelves near you when we publish in August this year.
If you’ve been anywhere near Tor.com since yesterday afternoon (/ evening / morning, depending on your timezone) then you’ll most likely have feasted your eyes on the exclusive cover art reveal for A Discourse in Steel, the second Tale of Egil and Nix by Paul S. Kemp. But in case you missed it (do try to pay attention next time), here it is in all its be-weaponed glory:
(Click that pic for a larger, even more in-yer-face-ier version)
The artist credit for this particular beauty goes to Lee Gibbons. A Discourse in Steel will be published in July, but if you’d like to whet your appetite with a series of sneaky peaks (of course you would!) then you can do so over at Paul S. Kemp‘s website.
Hot on the heels of the iD cover reveal, we’ve more mind-blowing cover artistry to share with you today. This time it’s the eyeball-smackingly glorious cover for the first book in Chuck Wendig‘s brand new Mookie Pearl series, The Blue Blazes.
The gorgeously detailed artwork in question is, of course, by the one and only Joey Hi-Fi, whose talented hands have produced the cover art for all of Chuck’s Angry Robot novels to-date, including the two gems that are Blackbirds and Mockingbird:
Click any of those images for an even larger version and, as always, please do feel free to download, share and shout about our newest cover art from the online rooftops.
If you’ve visited the mighty Tor.com recently then there’s a good chance you’ll have spotted their exclusive cover reveal for the second book in Madeline Ashby‘s Machine Dynasty saga: iD, the sequel to vN.
On the other hand, if you’re catching a glimpse for the first time… behold!
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Readers of Hugo Award Winning SF Signal have already been treated to the exclusive cover reveal for Wesley Chu‘s debut science fiction thriller The Lives of Tao and here it is again in all its silhouetted and be-weaponed glory:
This one is the latest product of our elite cadre of in-house design-bots at ARGH! Oxford and rather fabulously encapsulates the Lives of Tao back-story. Which is… well, that would be telling. You’ll just have to wait until publication day in May to find out. Unless you’re a genre fiction blogger or reviewer, of course, in which case you can request the eARC via NetGalley and grab yourself an early sneak-peek at the action.
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New cover art! Fans of Lt. Stan Markowski of the Scranton P.D. are going to absolutely love this one, too: it’s the third book in Justin Gustainis‘s Occult Crimes Unit Investigations series, Known Devil, which we’re publishing in August 2013:
Too long to with ’til August? We prescribe a re-read of the first two books in the series to help keep the cravings under control. Repeat the dose as required…
This one has been packed with gorgeous, twiddly detail by the one and only, World Fantasy Award Winning artist, John Coulthart. Regular readers of The Qwillery will have seen this one already, but everyone else should immediately click the pic for a larger version, in order to see it in all its glory. Go on, you know you want to…
So far this year our covers have won two publicly-voted cover competitions in the “Best of 2012″ category.
First up, over at Ranting Dragon, there was one enormous competition, which started with 64 of last year’s best titles pitted against each other – the winner of each round went through to the next stage in the competition, and voting began anew.
The overall winner was Joey HiFi‘s brilliant cover to Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds.
More recently, The Qwillery took their favourite 12 covers of 2012 and asked their readers to vote on which was the best.
Angry Robot had 3 horses in the race – Chris McGrath‘s atmospheric cover to the Lee Collins debut, The Dead of Winter, Amazing15‘s brilliantly retro Dead Harvest (by Chris F Holm) and Joey HiFi’s now award-winning cover to Blackbirds.
1,189 votes were cast. Blackbirds received 492 votes, and Dead Harvest also received 492 – a dead heat! So, these 2 covers received 984 out of the 1,189 votes cast, with the other 205 votes split among the other 10 titles.
Congratulations to Joey HiFi and to Amazing15 for their superb work. Kudos also, to our very own Marc Gascoigne, who Art Directed both of these winning covers.
You may have spotted this rather striking monochrome marvel over at This is Horror already this morning – Michael scooped the exclusive pre-reveal and has posted a Q&A with Joseph about the new series as well.
(Click the cover pic for a larger version)
Not quite the full in-your-hand effect there, as the printed edition will be finished in lovely silvery ink on rough black card-stock, so it should be a thing of textured loveliness when all is said and done. Design and execution on this one is by ARGH! Oxford.