Friday, September 30, 2022

Official Cover Of The Kithamar Book 2: 'Blade Of Dream' By Daniel Abraham Revealed

Orbit has been known to release covers of books that aren't even substantially written yet (or at least I presumed). Take The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch, for example. The cover was enthusiatically revealed way back in 2015 -- not to mention a publication date was set a year after -- but nearly a decade after the book hasn't come to light... which is understandable because the issues encountered by the author Lynch are understandable. Please take your time, Mr. Scott Lynch.

Even the duo James S. A. Corey (in which author Daniel Abraham is half a part of) shared some anecdotal tale to this same effect. I am not sure however if this was accurate or not. It was shared (maybe jokingly) that the covers of the Expanse books had been created ahead of the writing so the marketing and promotion of the book can kickstart, and the authors would have to find a way to incorporate the likely event illustrated in the cover art to the final written story. Is this true, though?

I hope we have don't have the same scenario for Daniel Abraham's Kithamar books. But it seems not the case as the second book of the said trilogy has been surprisingly announced with a title and beautiful book cover sans the synopsis and the day-specific release date.

Check out the official cover of Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham.

Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham

On this new Blade of Dream book cover, we can thank Lauren Panepinto for the cover design and Daniel Dociu for the cover art or illustration.

Blade of Dream by Daniel Abraham will be released in July 2023.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Cover Reveal: 'The Candy Shop War: Carnival Quest' By Brandon Mull

I always thought and hoped that Brandon Mull's The Candy Shop War series will be a trilogy. As time went by this hope seemed to fade and after nearly a decade I almost totally let go of the idea. That was until he finished and published the last book in his most recent series called Dragonwatch, which in turn a follow-up series to Fablehaven.

What a joyful day was that for me when he announced that he's returning to the The Candy Shop War world with a third and final book (hopefully not) which eventually will then be called Carnival Quest. And so a couple of months later the official synopsis and cover have been revealed for your pleasure.

Check out the official cover of The Candy Shop War: Carnival Quest by Brandon Mull.

The Candy Shop War: Carnival Quest by Brandon Mull


The long-awaited finale to Brandon Mull’s best-selling series where magical candies give kids superpowers to fight evil magicians.

The Blue Falcons is a secret kid’s club that fights against a family of villainous magicians. Using an impressive arsenal of magical candy—including Moon Rocks, which allows someone to jump super high, and Ironhides that make someone nearly invulnerable—Nate, Summer, Trevor, and Pigeon defeated Belinda White, a sinister candy shop owner who almost seized control of their town, and her brother, Jonas White, a maniacal arcade operator who tried to turn the planet into his personal puppet.

Now, the Blue Falcons must battle the third sibling—Camilla, who has brought the Dreams and Screams International Carnival to their town of Colson, California.

Rumors are spreading about the new carnival. Those who visit feel compelled to return. Some who enter the labyrinthine Funhouse disappear for days. And the Big Top is said to bewitch audience members.

The Blue Falcons think they know who is responsible and are ready to fight, but the carnival forbids outside magic. Without their favorite enchanted treats, how can they salvage their sixth-grade year, rescue their families, and save their town?

When nightmares and weird dreams start to plague everyone who has visited the carnival, the worlds of magic and reality are both endangered. With the help of a new magical enforcer, the Blue Falcons will need to learn to use the magic of the carnival against itself, including a host of new magical carnival candies, and tap into the power of their own dreams to battle their greatest adversary yet.

The Candy Shop War: Carnival Quest by Brandon Mull will be released on March 14, 2023.