Richard Anderson made a name for himself as a Fantasy cover illustrator with the cover art for John R. Fultz's Books of the Shaper sereis (Seven Princes, Seven Kings and Seven Sorcerers) and most recently the beautiful covers for the first two books in Brian Staveley's The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series, The Emperor's Blade and The Providence of Fire. The Wizards of the Coast and Guild Wars 2 artist developed a distinctive style and when I first saw the cover for the upcoming The Mirror Empire, book one of the Worldbreaker Saga by Kameron Hurley, there was no doubt as to whom was behind the cover art.
The good looking cover unveiling created a buzz on the blogosphere for Hurley's next book. Kameron is also behind the Bel Dame Apocrypha series (God's War, Infidel and Rapture). Here's the blurb for book coming out on September 4th from Angry Robot and a link for an excerpt by Tor.com for the prologue and first chapter.
On the eve of a recurring catastrophic event known to extinguish nations and reshape continents, a troubled orphan evades death and slavery to uncover her own bloody past… while a world goes to war with itself.
In the frozen kingdom of Saiduan, invaders from another realm are decimating whole cities, leaving behind nothing but ash and ruin.
As the dark star of the cataclysm rises, an illegitimate ruler is tasked with holding together a country fractured by civil war, a precocious young fighter is asked to betray his family and a half-Dhai general must choose between the eradication of her father’s people or loyalty to her alien Empress.
Through tense alliances and devastating betrayal, the Dhai and their allies attempt to hold against a seemingly unstoppable force as enemy nations prepare for a coming together of worlds as old as the universe itself.
In the end, one world will rise – and many will perish.