New Cover: The Book Of Transformations

Here is the latest cover draft for The Book of Transformations, front and back so you can see the artwork wrapped around. People didn’t like the figure – so, for the hardcover, there will not be one.

And here’s the blurb:

A new and corrupt Emperor seeks to rebuild the ancient structures of Villjamur to give the people of the city hope in the face of great upheaval and an oppressing ice age. But when a stranger called Shalev arrives, empowering a militant underground movement, crime and terror becomes rampant.

The Inquisition is always one step behind, and military resources are spread thinly across the Empire. So Emperor Urtica calls upon cultists to help construct a group to eliminate those involved with the uprising, and calm the populace – the Villjamur Knights. But there’s more to Knights than just phenomenal skills and abilities – each have a secret that, if exposed, could destroy everything they represent.

Investigator Fulcrom of the Villjamur Inquisition is given the unenviable task of managing the Knights, but his own skills are tested when a mysterious priest, who has travelled from beyond the fringes of the Empire, seeks his help. The priest’s existence threatens the church, and his quest promises to unravel the fabric of the world. And in a distant corner of the Empire, the enigmatic cultist Dartun Súr steps back into this world, having witnessed horrors beyond his imagination. Broken, altered, he and the remnants of his order are heading back to Villjamur.

And all eyes turn to the Sanctuary City, for Villjamur’s ancient legends are about to be shattered…

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  1. So! Much! Better!

    Really, nicely done.


  2. That *is* nice.

    Though I must confess that a tiny part of me does hanker after the deliciously bad SF/F covers that are featured on Good Show Sir.

    Perhaps there could be special limited editions for connoisseurs of crap?

  3. Gorgeous! Simply gorgeous and so much better than either with the figure on the front. I will be queuing up to buy this hardcover 🙂

  4. So much better! I’m looking forward to owning this. Who is the artist?

    As an aside, I note that the sun still isn’t very red 🙂

  5. True…

    A nice brooding red sun would be a plus, giving the city a measure of menace and a wash of blood-coloured light to the snow – but I’m not going to complain, seeing how this is a draft and the silly model has thankfully gone.


  6. Excellent and much-improved 🙂

  7. I’ll join in on the praise. This is an awesome cover.

  8. Oh, yes. So much better without the figure. I would buy that just to put the pretty on my bookshelf ;o)

  9. Quite, quite lovely. Much more in line with what I want to see on a Legends of the Red Sun book.

  10. This is a great cover 🙂
    Can’t wait to buy the book.

  11. It looks great and feels right, especially because the cities plays such a big role in the previous books, and probably this one too.

  12. That’s nice.

    Can we have the model separately, please? 😀

  13. Wise decision! Gorgeous cover. Fits perfectly to the covers of the first two books.

  14. Such a great cover and much improved with the removal of the character. For the MMPB I can see the original drafts working well and fitting in with the new style, but on the HB this is definitely the shizzle.

  15. Ah, that’s much better. Well done.
    The chick looked weird.

  16. That’s what I’m talking about. If I saw that in the bookstore, I’d pick it up for sure.

  17. That is beautiful and eye-catching. Great improvement.

  18. Thank you, everyone! It’s great to see such an overwhelmingly positive reaction.

    The artist is Richard Jones. His website is here.

  19. Gorgeous. It’s much more evocative.

  20. That’s it! I love this one.
    I’ve always thought that characters on covers ruin the story. They give shape to one of the thing that doesn’t have to have one. The characters must take shape in the mind of the reader. On the other hand, a “landscape” of the world is really inspiring for the reader, without being an interference with his imagination.

    Love it.

  21. Great cover. I also can’t wait to see what Dartun has been up to while CoR was going down.

  22. Very nice cover! In fact, that would make an awesome poster…just a suggestion 🙂

    Very excited about the plot, sounds really great. Any notions of a release date?

  23. Yes – really much better stands out and grabs you – look forward to seeing it.
    I bet writing the book at times feels like the easy bit!

  24. Niiiiiice! 🙂 I didn’t mind the girl, just wanted her a bit more rough, but the city looks beautiful. 🙂

    And dude, back to Villjamur and Urtica?! KickASS! Really looking forward to this one! Oh, and the Villjamur Knights… *rubbing palms together in anticipation*

    You have my email address! 😉