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Dragon Hunters

A while back I was sent four pencil sketches of the front cover illustration for my second book, Dragon Hunters. I’ve set them out below. See if you have a favourite.

DragonA DragonE 

DragonCD

 

For me, this was a relatively straightforward choice. All the images show a dragon and a ship, but in E and D the dragon is looking towards you, whereas in A and C it is looking away. There’s more impact, I think, in having to look the creature in the eye, so that meant A and C were out of the running.

The choice between E and D wasn’t much harder. In D’s favour, you can see people on the ship, and that arguably gives a better sense of the size of the dragon. However, you do still get that sense in E by comparing the creature to the ship. And E, to my mind, has one important advantage: there’s nothing between you and the dragon. Not only does that make the dragon more intimidating, but it also means you get to see more of the creature. And more dragon can only be a good thing – unless you happen to be one of the people on the ship, that is.

Here’s the final cover, courtesy of Greg Manchess. Pretty striking, I’m sure you’ll agree!

 

DHCover

 

And here’s some detail about the book:

"Once a year on Dragon Day the fabled Dragon Gate is raised to let a sea dragon pass into the Sabian Sea. There, it will be hunted by the Storm Lords, a fellowship of powerful water-mages who rule an empire called the Storm Isles.

 

Emira Imerle Polivar is coming to the end of her tenure as leader of the Storm Lords, but she has no intention of standing down graciously. As part of her plot to hold onto power, she instructs an order of priests known as the Chameleons to sabotage the Dragon Gate. There’s just one problem: that will require them to infiltrate an impregnable citadel that houses the gate’s mechanism—a feat that has never been accomplished before.

 

But Imerle is not the only one intent on destroying the Storm Lord dynasty. As the Storm Lords assemble in answer to a mysterious summons, they become the targets of assassins working for an unknown enemy. And when Imerle sets her scheme in motion, that enemy uses the ensuing chaos to play its hand."

The book is out in February 2016.

 

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