I’m excited about this upcoming story collection from fantasy writer Tad Williams, The Very Best of Tad Williams to be released next year, March 2014. Not only do I highly enjoy his writing, but this is some of the most beautiful cover art I’ve ever seen. I’d love to get a print of it, and maybe I will at some point as it looks like the artist behind the masterpiece, Kerem Beyit, sells prints on his DeviantART account. Beautiful work.
Link: The Gate Thief (Mither Mages)
I didn’t realize this book would be coming out next week! It’s the sequel to The Lost Gate (Mither Mages) which I read back in 2011 and very much enjoyed. It mixes our modern world with a bit of fantasy, including the creation of portals to another world influenced by Norse mythology. (A bit like the film Thor… but much better.) I’ll probably wait until this sequel comes out in paperback before getting my hands on it, as my to-read list is long enough (I still haven’t even read Speaker for the Dead), but I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this story continues.
Author Erin Hoffman recently unveiled the cover art for her upcoming novel, Shield of Sea and Space which is the final book in The Chaos Knight trilogy. I bought the first book in the trilogy last year and still haven’t read it; it’s on my long to-read list, and I am a sad slow reader. Still, I wanted to post this because of the beautiful cover art. I love the dynamic vivid colors, the flow of the flames in the firebird, the clouds of nebulas in the background, how the architecture of the columns frame the edges of sky. It’s just wonderfully dynamic and full of life.
It is, of course, by the marvelous Dehong He, upon whom I can never seem to shower enough praise. If you can believe it, the Chaos Knight is the first book cover series he’s done, and each volume has been more stunning than the last. When this one trickled out via a Pyr catalog earlier this year … it was amazing to see book bloggers pick it out to gawk over the art.
I suppose I’m joining in the gawking. I’ll definitely be looking for this in the bookstore to complete my trilogy, though who knows how long it will take me to get around to reading them.