Cover time!

This is the extra bit I alluded to yesterday, when I posted my research book list: I finally have a version of the cover that I’m allowed to post. (There may be minor tweaks before it hits the shelves, but they’re along the lines of fiddling with the text, rather than image changes.)

In honor of that, I’ve started putting the page for the book into proper order. Enjoy!

Also: since my image-manipulation skills end at being able to crop and shrink pictures. I will be grateful to anyone who can make a nifty icon out of this, so future book posts can use that rather than the comet image I’ve been employing.

0 Responses to “Cover time!”

  1. not_from_stars

    YAY!!!! I am so excited for this book to come out.

  2. calico_reaction

    Oh now that’s just lovely. Very different than the previous two! Can this be read as a stand-alone, or are we better off having read the previous two?

    • Marie Brennan

      Tor wanted to take the series look in a less romance-y direction. (Which fit Midnight Never Come, but not the whole series as much.)

      The Onyx Court books are intended to be at least moderately stand-alone; there is (or should be, if I’ve done my job right) a payoff that comes from reading all of them in order, but each book has its own plot, in its own century, and so anything you need to know from previous books will get brought up as necessary, like any other piece of backstory.

      • calico_reaction

        Thanks! I’ve read MIDNIGHT NEVER COME, but I’m really not much of a fairy person, even though I enjoy your writing. So I’ve been debating on the second, but this cover is making me reconsider that debate. πŸ™‚

        • Marie Brennan

          If it helps sway you at all, In Ashes Lie is very much about politics and the English Civil War, and A Star Shall Fall is about the Enlightenment and the rise of science. So each one has a different flavor mixed in with the faeries, that may be more or less to your taste.

          (I will admit there is a degree of plot linkage between Ashes and Star, more than either has with Midnight; the actions taken in the former create the situation in the latter. But I stand by my claim that you don’t have to have read it to enjoy Star.)

  3. tessagratton

    Shiny!

    Science is King, but Magic is Queen

    Ok, I LOVE that.

  4. jimhines

    Nice!!! I think this is my favorite of the three. And I love the fact that the folks at Tor listened to you and took your suggestions!

    (I’m 80% through Ashes, and hoping to finish soon. You are a brilliant writer, but you do not write books one can just zip through πŸ™‚

    • Marie Brennan

      There’s always a little part of me that’s appalled at how quickly someone can read something I spent months writing, so it’s kind of comforting to hear you’re not just “zipping through.” πŸ™‚

  5. moonandserpent

    That is absolutely gorgeous.

  6. tbclone47

    Holy frakking god, that’s amazing. I’m shaking in my boots just looking at that. πŸ™‚

  7. ninja_turbo

    That’s a great cover. My copy is already pre-ordered. πŸ™‚

  8. nojojojo

    Lovely! I miss the theme/style of the old covers, but I can understand the change in direction.

    • Marie Brennan

      What pleases me is that my editor said they’ve made a conscious effort to make the book spines line up: as with Midnight and Ashes, there’s a mini-picture up on the top edge, so that when the series is shelved spine-out you can tell they belong together. It’s a nice little touch, I think.

  9. orphan_of_oz

    I just had a glee-induced heart attack because of the amazingness of this cover. I can’t wait for the book to come out!

  10. ailaes

    Let me know if you want the coloring different, it wasn’t playing nice.

    • Marie Brennan

      Hmmm — text is a bit hard to read. If you could do that again with St. Paul’s unsquished (it looks like it got stretched vertically?) and more distinct text, though, I could probably scrounge up an ARC to send you . . . .

  11. hawkwing_lb

    That is one gorgeous cover.

  12. stephanieburgis

    Ooh, that is GORGEOUS!

  13. ceosanna

    What an amazing cover!

    Here’s my quick take on shrinking/manipulating it into LJ icon-size:

  14. shveta_thakrar

    Pretty! πŸ™‚ And I can’t wait to read it.

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