A round of covers

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tor revealed the cover art for the first book in the The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series written by Brian Stavely, The Emperor's Blades, drawn by Richard Anderson, who was also the artist behind John R. Fultz's Seven Princes:


Here's the blurb (Q1 2014 release date):
When the emperor of Annur is murdered, his two sons must fight to uncover the conspiracy, and the ancient enemy, behind his death. Kaden, the heir apparent, spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the inscrutable discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. Their rituals hold the key to an ancient power which he must master before it's too late. When an imperial delegation arrives to usher him back to the capital for his coronation, he has learned just enough to realize that they are not what they seem--and maybe, to fight back. His brother Valyn is struggling to stay alive. He never expected training to join the Kettral, deadly warriors who fly massive birds into battle, to be easy. But after a number of strange apparent accidents, and the last desperate warning of a dying guard, he's convinced his father's murderers are trying to kill him, and then his brother. He must escape north to warn Kaden--if he can first survive the brutal final test of the Kettral.
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Next is the cover art for David Hair's second book in the Moontide Quartet, The Scarlet Tides:


The book will be published on October 24th 2013 and here's the blurb:
The Moontide has come, and a scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, slaughtering and pillaging in the name of Emperor Constant. But the Scytale of Corineus, the source of ultimate magical power, has slipped through the emperor’s fingers. 
His ruthless Inquisitors are desperately seeking the artefact, before it falls into the hands of those who would bring down the Empire. But there are some who have pledged to end the cycle of war and restore peace to Urte. 
They are the unlikeliest of heroes: a failed mage, a gypsy and a lowly market-girl. 
As East and West clash more violently than ever before, Urte will discover that love, loyalty and truth can be forged into weapons as deadly as swords and magic.
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Mazarkis Williams' third book cover art, The Tower Broken (from the Tower and Knife trilogy), also found its way on the web:


Thanks to Civilian Reader, here's the synopsis (look for it in November):
Nooria is at breaking point. The nothing bleeds out the very essence of all, of stone, silk – and souls. Sarmin thought he had stopped it, but it is spreading towards Cerana – and he is powerless to halt the destruction. 
Even as Cerana fills with refugees, the Yrkmen armies arrive, offering to spare Sarmin’s people if they will convert to the Mogyrk faith. 
Time is running out for Sarmin and Mesema: the Mage’s Tower is cracked; the last mage, sent to find a mysterious pattern-worker in the desert, has vanished; and Sarmin believes his kidnapped brother Daveed still has a part to play. 
The walls are crumbling around them...
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Finally, Gollancz unveiled the cover, and an animated one at that, for Antoine Rouaud's The Path of Anger (first in the Book and Sword series), which will also be out in October 2013: 


There will be blood. There will be death. This is the path of anger... 
Dun-Cadal has been drinking his life away for years. Betrayed by his friends - who turned their back on their ideals in favour of a new republic - and grief stricken at the loss of his apprentice, who saved his life on the battlefield and whom he trained as a knight in exchange, he's done with politics, with adventure, and with people.  
But people aren't finished with him - not yet. Viola is a young historian looking for the last Emperor's sword, and her search not only brings her to Dun-Cadal, it's also going to embroil them both in a series of assassinations. Because Dun-Cadal's turncoat friends are being murdered, one by one...by someone who kills in the unmistakable style of an Imperial assassin...

2 comments:

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I'm going to keep my eye out for The Emporer's Blades. That blurb has me and now I must find out the end of the story! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous covers.

bibliotropic said...

Definitely looking forward to The Broken Tower! Though in judging a book by its cover, I kind of want to read all the books you talked about here!

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