Now, don't let Lynch shadow over Elizabeth Bear as she has the chops to be known and famous on her own right. I first heard of her when Karen Memory was released, but even before then she already has a worthy fandom when she released The Eternal Sky trilogy. And I am hoping that her new novel, The Stone in the Skull, will totally put me on board the wagon this time. It will be the first book in the Lotus Kingdoms series set in the same world as the Eternal Sky series. Just check out the cover of said new and upcoming book with cover art crafted by Richard Anderson.
I am always fascinated by the works of Richard Anderson (aka flaptraps art). From the covers of Dinosaur Lords series by Victor Milan, to Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne -- and to many other stunning covers -- these covers give off a surreal feel to it adding to the mystery of the story. I like it when the facial features of the chacracters in the cover are vague, leaving off a bit of imagination for the readers.
Checkout the cover of The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear.
The Gage is a brass automaton created by a wizard of Messaline around the core of a human being. His wizard is long dead, and he works as a mercenary. He is carrying a message from a the most powerful sorcerer of Messaline to the Rajni of the Lotus Kingdom. With him is The Dead Man, a bitter survivor of the body guard of the deposed Uthman Caliphate, protecting the message and the Gage. They are friends, of a peculiar sort.
They are walking into a dynastic war between the rulers of the shattered bits of a once great Empire.
The Stone in the Skull by Elizabeth Bear will be released on October 10, 2017. You can read more on Tor.com.