Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By J. R. R. Tolkien And Malka Older

Here are a few of the recent cover reveals, including new books by J. R. R. Tolkien and Malka Older.

The Fall of Numenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Brian Sibley

The Fall of Numenor by J. R. R. Tolkien


J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings on the Second Age of Middle-earth, collected for the first time in one volume.

J.R.R. Tolkien famously described the Second Age of Middle-earth as a "dark age, and not very much of its history is (or need be) told." And for many years readers would need to be content with the tantalizing glimpses of it found within the pages of The Lord of the Rings and its appendices, including the forging of the Rings of Power, the building of the Barad-dûr and the rise of Sauron.

It was not until Christopher Tolkien published The Silmarillion after his father’s death that a fuller story could be told. Although much of the book’s content concerned the First Age of Middle-earth, there were at its close two key works that revealed the tumultuous events concerning the rise and fall of the island of Númenor. Raised out of the Great Sea and gifted to the Men of Middle-earth as a reward for aiding the angelic Valar and the Elves in the defeat and capture of the Dark Lord Morgoth, the kingdom became a seat of influence and wealth; but as the Númenóreans’ power increased, the seed of their downfall would inevitably be sown, culminating in the Last Alliance of Elves and Men.

Even greater insight into the Second Age would be revealed in subsequent publications, first in Unfinished Tales of Númenor and Middle-earth, then expanded upon in Christopher Tolkien’s magisterial twelve-volume The History of Middle-earth, in which he presented and discussed a wealth of further tales written by his father, many in draft form.

Now, adhering to the timeline of "The Tale of Years" in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings, editor Brian Sibley has assembled into one comprehensive volume a new chronicle of the Second Age of Middle-earth, told substantially in the words of J.R.R. Tolkien from the various published texts, with new illustrations in watercolor and pencil by the doyen of Tolkien art, Alan Lee.

The Fall of Numenor: And Other Tales from the Second Age of Middle-Earth by J. R. R. Tolkien will be released on October 4, 2022.

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older


The Mimicking of Known Successes presents a cozy Holmesian murder mystery and sapphic romance, set on Jupiter, by Malka Older, author of the critically-acclaimed Centenal Cycle.

On a remote, gas-wreathed outpost of a human colony on Jupiter, a man goes missing. The enigmatic Investigator Mossa follows his trail to Valdegeld, home to the colony’s erudite university―and Mossa’s former girlfriend, a scholar of Earth’s pre-collapse ecosystems.

Pleiti has dedicated her research and her career to aiding the larger effort towards a possible return to Earth. When Mossa unexpectedly arrives and requests Pleiti’s assistance in her latest investigation, the two of them embark on a twisting path in which the future of life on Earth is at stake―and, perhaps, their futures, together.

The Mimicking of Known Successes by Malka Older will be released on March 7, 2023.

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Cover Reveal News Round-Up, Including Books By Maggie Stiefvater And Jeff Kinney

Here are a few of the recent cover reveals, including sequels by Maggie Stiefvater and Jeff Kinney.

Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater

Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater


The majestic conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater’s Dreamer Trilogy.

This is the story of the Lynch family.

Niall and Mór escaped their homeland for a new start, and lost themselves in what they found.

Declan has grown up as the responsible son, the responsible brother--only to find there is no way for him to keep his family safe.

Ronan has always lived on the edge between dreams and waking... but now that edge is gone, and he is falling.

Matthew has been the happy child, the brightest beam. But rebellion beckons, because it all feels like an illusion now.

This world was not made for such a family--a family with the power to make a world and break it. If they cannot save each other or themselves, we are all doomed.

Greywaren by Maggie Stiefvater will be released on October 18, 2022.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney


In Diper Överlöde, book 17 of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series from #1 international bestselling author Jeff Kinney, Greg Heffley is finding out that the road to fame and glory comes with some hard knocks.

When he decides to tag along with his brother Rodrick’s band, Löded Diper, Greg doesn’t realize what he’s getting into. But he soon learns that late nights, unpaid gigs, fighting between band members, and money troubles are all part of the rock ’n’ roll lifestyle.

Can Greg help Löded Diper become the legends they think they are? Or will too much time with Rodrick’s band be a diper överlöde?

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Diper Överlöde by Jeff Kinney will be released on October 25, 2022.

Friday, May 27, 2022

'The Lost Metal' By Brandon Sanderson Finally Gets Official Cover

For quite some time now, I've been jokingly fooling myself and some of dear Brandon Sanderson's fans that I already have a copy of The Lost Metal by the same author (after travelling into the future and procuring my self a copy). Way back when I was fond of making almost realistic fan covers for upcoming books I created a mock-up of what I thought the cover of his next book will be after studying and investigating the logic in the previous ones just to appease my self and my OCD-riddled brain.

I can't even recall now why I chose the maroon-burgundyish motif, which turned out to be the same color preferred by the designer when the placeholder book cover was released. I just have a vague idea that there was indeed a reason behind that and that there were certain assumed rules to follow... One of those rules is that Wax would always be on the right side of the cover.

The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson Placeholder Cover

When I created the fan made cover (which I don't have a copy anymore, because my old machine broke down), I chose a consistent art by artist Chris McGrath (intended for another author's book cover), but one where the model for Wax is featured on the left side along with another character. This is to give signal to true Brandon Sanderson fans (at least those who adore the covers) that this cover is not authentic... and no one caught that signal. But oh boy I was shaken through my bones again because in the offical cover McGrath featured Wax on the left side of the cover rather than the usual right, breaking what I assumed to be as an unbreakable rule (thank you very much OCD). How odd...

I was dumb struck again. It's so wonderful like how often this happens to almost similar minded people. I know I am just a frustated fan cover artist, but it feels like magic in this mundane existence.

But anyhow now that the official one is released, all we have to do is to thank artist Chris McGrath and the designer (which I don't always see credited in the back dust jacket flap, asumming this one has the same). Check out the official cover of The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson.

The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson


Return to #1 New York Times bestseller Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn world of Scadrial as its second era, which began with The Alloy of Law, comes to its earth-shattering conclusion in The Lost Metal.

For years, frontier lawman turned big-city senator Waxillium Ladrian has hunted the shadowy organization the Set―with his late uncle and his sister among their leaders―since they started kidnapping people with the power of Allomancy in their bloodlines. When Detective Marasi Colms and her partner Wayne find stockpiled weapons bound for the Outer City of Bilming, this opens a new lead. Conflict between Elendel and the Outer Cities only favors the Set, and their tendrils now reach to the Elendel Senate―whose corruption Wax and Steris have sought to expose―and Bilming is even more entangled.

After Wax discovers a new type of explosive that can unleash unprecedented destruction and realizes that the Set must already have it, an immortal kandra serving Scadrial’s god, Harmony, reveals that Bilming has fallen under the influence of another god: Trell, worshipped by the Set. And Trell isn’t the only factor at play from the larger Cosmere―Marasi is recruited by offworlders with strange abilities who claim their goal is to protect any cost.

Wax must choose whether to set aside his rocky relationship with God and once again become the Sword that Harmony has groomed him to be. If no one steps forward to be the hero Scadrial needs, the planet and its millions of people will come to a sudden and calamitous ruin.

'The Lost Metal by Brandon Sanderson will be released on November 15, 2022.