As I’ve mentioned before, I wrote The Veiled Throne and Speaking Bones as a single book, but it was too large to publish in one volume. So that’s why the conclusion of the Dandelion Dynasty is coming out as two books spaced six months apart.
Today, I’m excited to share with you the US cover of Speaking Bones. (For the UK cover, which is part of a continuous painting for all four books, please see this earlier update.)
Speaking Bones is scheduled to come out in the US on June 21, 2022 (reminder: The Veiled Throne is already out in the UK and will be out in the US on December 7, 2021). Tor.com just posted a cover reveal.
The image is based on a design idea from me: against a murky background, a heap of fruits and grains (from all over the globe, for the land of Dara is not based on any single location in our world) covered by a fanged and antlered skull, as though the signs of plenty were emerging from a skeletal cornucopia. In the foreground, a few spotlit pomegranates, spilling forth the vivid red seeds that bring to mind fertility and new beginnings. And high above, a drifting dandelion seed.
It gives you a sense of the story without spoiling it, and I wanted it to fit into the designs of all the US covers.
I’m really lucky to have such lovely covers for the Dandelion Dynasty (US as well as UK). When put together, they give you a sense of the mood shifts between the different books in the series, and evoke the themes of the individual books as well as the overall series without saying too much. And they’re full of details that will reward careful examination.
Thank you, as always, for supporting my work. (And if you’re the in the US, have a great Thanksgiving!)