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!
Over the bloody MOON to be able to announce that Fox Spirit Books will be publishing my novel ‘Children of Artifice’ later this year.
Artifice has been a very personal journey. One central character draws on my experiences with my mother and with the relationships of my past – I guess he’s about as close to ‘me’ (a younger ‘me’, perhaps, and necessarily stylised) as anything I’ve ever created. The other is a concept that I’ve been wrestling with for a very long time – he’s been the subject of various forms of exploratory fiction, on and off, for many years, and I’ve never been able to get him quite right… until now.
It’s not some sweeping saga – I kinda did that. It’s a love story with a sharp edge, an urban fairy tale. It’s a science fantasy with a metallurgical bite and a volcanic undertone. It’s about barriers and expectations, and what happens when you break them; its about family, and why it matters, and what happens when it goes wrong. And, (going to toot my own for a minute, here), I’m really rather proud of the intricate weave of its story.
I’m also really, very pleased that it’s being published by Fox Spirit Books, where I think it’s found the right spiritual home!