A nearly final version. For the full effect, here:
You can never have too many knives. Yes, indeed, a development of the theme from the last two books but, you know, if it ain’t broke, as they say, why fix? I continue to love the way these UK covers blend something a little bit fantasy with something a little bit not and have a style all of their own – a brand, if you will. Once again, Dave Senior has provided the map, Didier Graffet the weapons, while Laura Brett has officiated over the marriage of the two and done all the design work under the watchful eye of Gillian Redfearn, while I howled unhelpfully from the sidelines. I daresay we’ll take a slightly different tack next time around, we shall see. Ah! The copy:
“They burned her home.
They stole her brother and sister.
But vengeance is following.
Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own, and out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.
Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse, it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…”
Are you excited? Cause I’m pretty damn excited, I can tell you that. Red Country will be published in the UK on October 18th, and British persons of taste and distinction can pre-order here, should they so desire. Red Country will be published in the US on October 23rd, and American persons of discernment and high character can select a willing advance vendor here. Of course, you don’t have to. I’m just giving you all the options…