And here it is – the beautiful cover for Children of Artifice. Art by Sarah Anne Langton, novel published this summer by Fox Spirit Books.
Love how Sarah’s picked up on some of the alchemical/metallurgical themes of the story, and on the slightly decaying feel of the city itself. Really proud of this little book – it’s an urban fairy tale, a science fantasy, and it’s a very different beast to Ecko (less swearing, for a start) and to the hell-for-leather combat stuff that I normally write. And the story that weaves between the two central characters (forgive me blowing my own for a moment) is one of the single finest pieces of plotting that I’ve ever managed to contrive.
That – and there’s something really quite special about two people falling in love. Particularly when they’re really not meant to!
Synopsis on the Fox Spirit website – with special thanks to Kim Lakin-Smith and Tej Turner!
When it’s good, it’s very very good…
…and this is fucking AWESOME :)
Cover art is a very special thing. It’s the tipping point between a book being in your head, and the thing being real and breathing and there on the shelf. It’s seeing a concept or a character brought to life. And then, of course, there’s that all-important cover quote – that one-liner that has to sell your glorious vision to the world outside…
As ever, Martin has done a storming job with this one.
With cheers for Natalie at Titan Books, as well!
US proofs of Ecko Rising just landed on my desk. These moments make everything worth it – bring me out in chills because I still can’t quite wrap my head round the fact that they’re real. Then the book is in my hands, new quotes and new accolades, and I wonder if I could pinch myself and wake up.
Ecko might reckon he’s King of Cynics… but I love my goosebumps and I hope they never fail me.