Cover reveal: House of Shattered Wings (US edition)
So… September is just around the corner, and I’m quite happy to reveal the US cover for House of Shattered Wings, aka “OMG OMG so pretty” (also, creepy. Yes, this is a dark fantasy book, why do you ask? :p). The art is by Nekro, who also did this lovely piece I pinned on Pinterest a while back.
A book about a devastated Paris, fallen angels and the ruins of a once great House? Sounds about right!
(more seriously, I really like this. It’s got oodles of atmosphere, it says creepy in all the right places, and the burning feathers are just a lovely touch from the opening scene of the novel. This is meant to be Morningstar’s throne in Notre-Dame, in its current state, and I love the ruined city in the background! I’m sure that makes you want to pick up the book, right? *big grin*)
And here’s the cover copy:
In the late Twentieth Century, the streets of Paris are lined with haunted ruins. The Great Magicians’ War left a trail of devastation in its wake. The Grand Magasins have been reduced to piles of debris, Notre-Dame is a burnt-out shell, and the Seine has turned black with ashes and rubble and the remnants of the spells that tore the city apart. But those that survived still retain their irrepressible appetite for novelty and distraction, and The Great Houses still vie for dominion over France’s once grand capital.
Once the most powerful and formidable, House Silverspires now lies in disarray. Its magic is ailing; its founder, Morningstar, has been missing for decades; and now something from the shadows stalks its people inside their very own walls.
Within the House, three very different people must come together: a naive but powerful Fallen angel; an alchemist with a self-destructive addiction; and a resentful young man wielding spells of unknown origin. They may be Silverspires’ salvation—or the architects of its last, irreversible fall. And if Silverspires falls, so may the city itself.
More info here, and you can pre-order the book here: Amazon.com|Barnes and Noble|Book Depository|Amazon UK (obviously the last amazon link is the UK edition, which won’t have this cover). Out tail end of August (August 20th for the UK edition, beginning of September for the US edition).
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I love this cover. For a long time, many of my purchases were made just to have a copy of the cover art as much as for the content. Sometimes…I still do. And if I see this in the store, be assured I will get it…I might even read it right away….
Allen, thank you–glad the cover is doing its job 🙂
To be honest, I thought it was done by Michael Whelan (does he even do covers anymore?), it was that good. Whoever the artist is, he/she is a keeper.
I have no idea if Michael Whelan does covers anymore (but I love his stuff. His covers for C.S. Friedman’s Coldfire Trilogy, and for the Golden Key, are just awesome).
The artist is Nekro–he lives in Spain and he’s done work for David Barnett’s Tor books, as well as some striking stuff for Kristen Painter’s House of Comarré series).
Michelle R. Wood
Congrats on the cover reveal: it’s certainly eye-catching, and I’m glad it actually depicts something in the novel (rather than having no connection to it). Looking forward to the September release.
He, thanks, Michelle! (there’s a very slight orientation problem–you can’t actually see the Eiffel Tower through the nave of Notre Dame, but to be fair you can’t see anything interesting from Notre Dame monument wise, so it’s clearly the smart choice 🙂 )