Saturday, March 30, 2019

Deathless Book 2: 'The Ruthless' By Peter Newman Official Cover Surfaced

The second book in the second series by Peter Newman is upon us. In a few weeks we will know if the much awaited book called The Ruthless from this breakout author of The Vagrant maintains the excitement and pace of its predecessor or it'd suffer the sophomore slump pitfall.

One thing is for sure, the official cover of The Ruthless has surfaced online. The book is going for a darker theme literally and figuratively. The art, which is actually an interesting sight on its own is predominantly dark in color. It is going dark in a figurative sense however because the branding, tone and everything about it has changed (my OCD is killing me). It's as if this one is totally distancing itself from the covers, look, and feel of the first four books by the author.

This is just mere speculation but it would seem there are a new artist and designer abound...? Were artist Jaime Jones and designer Dominic Forbes still on board in the creation of this entirely new cover? Is this the final version? I hope anyone can confirm this for me. It greatly reminds me of the cover shift and transition between HarperVoyager and Eos on one of Robin Hobb's series....

On the brighter side, at least I can tell myself that what's between the covers of this book would still possess the growing Peter Newman voice and style that we all so loved!

Update: I guess the design team of the publisher is going to be consistent with the redesigned paperback of the first book in the series. Damn! I just hope they wouldn't change the books height and width. I really hate this.

Check out the cover of The Ruthless by Peter Newman.

The Ruthless by Peter Newman


Are you ready to return to The Wild?

Return to a world of crystal armour, savage wilderness, and corrupt dynasties in book two of the new series from Gemmell award-winning author Peter Newman.

The Ruthless by Peter Newmann will be released on June 13, 2019.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

#CoverReveal The Tide Child Book 1: 'The Bone Ships' By RJ Barker (First Book In A New Trilogy)

Since the closing chapter of The Wounded Kingdom trilogy (including Age of Assassins, Blood of Assassins, and King of Assassins) by RJ Barker, I've been wondering what's next from this newly discovered author of mine. I first encountered the name when I ventured through Anderida Books for signed limited hardcover editions. After that, it's been an uphill and exciting journey... and the craving left me wanting for more of his stories!

Thankfully, Barker is back with a new trilogy starting with The Bone Ships. Who does not want to read adventures about ships made of dragon bones? This reminds me greatly of The Liveship Traders by Robin Hobb, so obviously I am already sold. Designer Hannah Wood has crafted the cover for the said book, and it is a distant flight from the look and feel of the author's previous series (which is a good thing, of course).

Check out the cover of The Bone Ships by RJ Barker.

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker


Enter the Hundred Isles, where ships made from the bones of extinct dragons battle for supremacy on the high seas. Our hero Meas Giryn must unite a crew of condemned criminals for a suicide mission when the first live dragon in centuries is spotted in far off waters...

From David Gemmell, Kitschie and British Fantasy Award-nominated RJ Barker, author of Age of Assassins.

The Bone Ships by RJ Barker will be released on September 26, 2019.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Illustrated Edition Of 'Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire' By J.K. Rowling And Jim Kay Showcases Stunning Official Cover

It's a 4 out of 4 for illustrator Jim Kay and renowned author J. K. Rowling as we are about to relive Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in a magnificent illustrated edition. It's among the thickest books in the series and I am wondering how unwieldy this edition will be once it hits books stores worldwide.

One thing I am sure though: the newly released official cover art of this edition is nothing short of spectacular. Unlike the first three illustrated edition, the cover does not feature a magical vehicle or some form of mechanical conveyance. Instead it showcases one of the fantastic beasts, specifically a dragon, in one of the most exciting scenes of the book. In fact I was actually expecting the cover to feature the Beauxbatons Carriage and Durmstrang Ship for continuity...

Check out the cover of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

And here is the full jacket art.

Full Jacket Cover of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay

You may head over to Pottermore for some more exclusive art found inside the book.


Picture the magic – award-winning illustrator Jim Kay brings his wonderful creative powers to this stunning reimagined edition of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

This new fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire brings more breathtaking scenes and unforgettable characters to life – including Cedric Diggory, Fleur Delacour and Mad Eye Moody. With paint, pencil and pixels, Kay conjures the wizarding world as we have never seen it before. Fizzing with magic and brimming with humour, this full-colour edition will captivate fans and new readers alike as Harry, now in his fourth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, finds himself competing in the legendary Triwizard Tournament and facing death-defying tasks, dragons and Dark wizards ...

With the original text – complete and unabridged – this gorgeous edition features foiled jacket, head and tail bands, a ribbon marker and illustrated endpapers.

The illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay will be released on October 8, 2019.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

#CoverReveal The Trials of Apollo, Book Four: "The Tyrant's Tomb" By Rick Riordan

Apollo, or should I say Lester Papadopoulos, is in for another adventure to pursue the next oracle in The Trials of Apollo: The Tyrant's Tomb. This fourth book on the series is one of my most anticipated book of the year, simply showing that I'll never grow tired of Rick Riordan's writings (considering how old I think I am now).

The official cover of the said book has surfaced online, and thanks to John Rocco the cover is once again superb. Rocco is playing around with perspective and should you have fear of heights: take caution. Another thing I noticed about the cover are the aviary creatures featured, which if you could remember are prevalent to the previous covers as well. What's with Lester and fiendish birds?

Check out the cover of The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan.

The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan


It's not easy being Apollo, especially when you've been turned into a human and banished from Olympus. On his path to restoring five ancient oracles and reclaiming his godly powers, Apollo (aka Lester Papadopoulos) has faced both triumphs and tragedies. Now his journey takes him to Camp Jupiter in the San Francisco Bay Area, where the Roman demigods are preparing for a desperate last stand against the evil Triumvirate of Roman emperors. Hazel, Reyna, Frank, Tyson, Ella, and many other old friends will need Apollo's aid to survive the onslaught. Unfortunately, the answer to their salvation lies in the forgotten tomb of a Roman ruler . . . someone even worse than the emperors Apollo has already faced.

The Tyrant's Tomb by Rick Riordan will be released on September 24, 2019.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Lorien Legacies Reborn #3: 'Return To Zero' By Pittacus Lore Gets An Official Cover

Once again I am feeling these bittersweet emotions I felt when Pittacus Lore released his final Lorien Legacies book called United as One. I am happy because we will finally get to read the conclusion of this follow-up trilogy called Lorien Legacies Reborn. On the other hand I am sad because this will be the last.

For what it's worth we got 10 full-length novels from this adventuresome Loric universe (not counting the compiled stories). This ultimate Loric adventure is almost upon us and it's called Return to Zero. The new official cover has surfaced  featuring the outer space (not seen before in the previous covers, which all featured some earthbound visuals).

Check out the cover of Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore.

Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore


All bets are off in this third and final book in the epic New York Times bestselling Lorien Legacies Reborn series! This fast-paced, action-packed adventure—which is set in the world of I Am Number Four—is perfect for fans of the Darkest Minds series and the X-Men franchise.

After the battle in Switzerland, the Fugitive Six find their allegiances torn, dividing them into two factions. Taylor, Kopano, and Nigel return to the Academy with Nine, but nothing is the same. As fear and resentment of the Human Garde continues to grow, the United Nations decrees that all humans with Legacies must be implanted with inhibitors. So our heroes will have no choice but to rebel.

And with the Foundation still at large, Isabela, Caleb, and Ran have decided to join forces with their former foes Einar and Five to hunt them down. But when a new threat is revealed, the group may find itself painfully outmatched. Facing capture or annihilation from all sides, the only hope the Human Garde have for survival is to stand together once and for all to fight back against their true enemies.

Return to Zero is the epic conclusion to the story of the Garde that began with the worldwide phenomenon I Am Number Four.

Return to Zero by Pittacus Lore will be released on June 25, 2019.

Cover Reveal: 'Blood Of Empire' (Gods Of Blood And Powder) By Brian McClellan

It's not gonna be released until the later part of this year but I am already so excited for the third book of the Gods of Blood and Powder series by Brian McClellan. Yes, it's gonna be a long wait but at least, as early as now, we early get a look on the cover of Blood of Empire and you'll love it.

This eye-candy of a cover is crafted by Thom Tenery and designed by Lauren Panepinto. It features a group of riders on their way to their mission (just like the first and the second books), which I am sure will be detailed in the novel.

Check out the cover of Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan.

Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan


As the final battle approaches, Mad Ben Styke must find an unlikely and dangerous ally in order to turn the tides of war in this epic fantasy tale of magic and gunpowder by acclaimed author Brian McClellan.

The Dynize have unlocked the Landfall Godstone, and Michel Bravis is tasked with returning to Greenfire Depths to do whatever he can to prevent them from using its power; from sewing dissention among the enemy ranks to rallying the Palo population.

Ben Styke's invasion of Dynize is curtailed when a storm scatters his fleet. Coming ashore with just twenty lancers, he is forced to rely on brains rather than brawn - gaining new allies in a strange land on the cusp of its own internal violence.

Bereft of her sorcery and physically and emotionally broken, Lady Vlora Flint now marches on Landfall at the head of an Adran army seeking vengeance against those who have conspired against her. While allied politicians seek to undo her from within, she faces insurmountable odds and Dynize's greatest general.

Continue the epic fantasy series by the author whose debut novel Brandon Sanderson called "just plain awesome!"

Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan will be released on November 26, 2019.