After seeing the brilliant ideas designer Nathan came up with for the front cover of my first novel, The Memory Cage, I couldn’t wait to see his artwork for my brand new book, The Warrior in the Mist … And I wasn’t disappointed!
The galloping horse gives it a really dynamic feel, the surreal blue Will o’the Wisp flames add plenty of mystery, while the beautifully engraved Celtic sword gives that sense of drama and legend I was hoping for. Great job, Nathan!
For me, the minimal colour palette of silver, black, blue and red that Nathan has used adds real impact to the design. I love the way the blue flames glimmer, ghost-like, along the hilt of the sword. The silver foil stands out strikingly against the black background, as do the intriguing words in red: THE INVADERS ARE COMING. THE BATTLE IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. Love it!
Those of you who read The Warrior in the Mist will see the double-edged meaning of those particular phrases! Two thousand years ago it was Roman invaders the locals had to contend with. Now it’s a fracking company set to take over the land, and a modern-day fight of a very different kind. Main character, Aidan, risks losing everything: his family home, his friends, and the horse he loves.
“A thrilling page turner.” As a wonderful finishing touch, I was really honoured that multi-award-winning author, Gill Lewis, wrote a quote for the cover of The Warrior in the Mist. As one of the UK’s foremost writer of children’s books with animals at their heart, I’m thrilled she enjoyed it.
And so, what’s next? You may know that Shrine Bell are producing specially re-issued editions of all my books, which is very exciting. Next on the list is my Norse thriller Arrowhead, followed by The Messenger Bird and then The Jaguar Trails. Can’t wait to see them in print and for Nathan to work his artistic magic yet again!
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