Don't these three look like they belong together? I was struck by the similarities in font (particularly with the two on the right) and just the general style and feel. I love how they look together and I am anxious to get my hands on all three.
The first in Kiernan's Moorehawke Trilogy, The Poison Throne follows young Wynter Moorehawke as she goes from a life of peaceful anonymity to a life of exile with her father and back to her homeland once more. In the five years of her absence, she finds her home changed beyond recognition and herself thrown into the middle of a kingdom tearing itself apart. I have the impression this was previously published in the UK and is now making it's US debut. Due out April 7th.
Merlin's Harp by Anne Eliot Crompton
I am a very large sucker for all things Arthurian. What can I say? I'm always on the lookout for that perfect retelling, adaptation, what have you. Merlin's Harp was originally published in 1995 and is being rather fetchingly repackaged by Sourcebooks for a new YA audience. Told from the perspective of Niviene--the Lady of the Lake's daughter and Merlin's apprentice--this revisioning of the old tale has me tapping my nails in anticipation. Due out March 1st.
The first book in the Iron Fey series, The Iron King combines elements of the previous two pretties as it follows modern young woman Meghan Chase whose life takes a drastic turn for the unknown when she discovers she is actually the daughter of faerie royalty. Word is this YA fantasy reads like The Neverending Story meets A Midsummer Night's Dream. So basically you'll want to get your hands on it the day it comes out. Which is just around the corner, btw. Due out February 1st.
They do look alike! And they all look good. I'm totally drawn in (and put off) by covers.ReplyDelete
Which brings me to Sevenwaters- I wish the ones I had didn't have the people on them. I don't like the way they are drawn. I like to imagine them MY way.
*Anne Eliot* Crompton? Some people get all the luck with names.ReplyDelete
Susie, I agree. I love the Celtic scrollwork and such, but they never look the way I picture them. The cover for SON OF THE SHADOWS is probably my favorite with the raven and so on, but Liadan is way too severe. *sigh* How is that one coming, btw???ReplyDelete
Diana, I know! I just shook my head at that one.
I would frame book covers like this and hang them in my room if my hubby would let me. So beautiful.ReplyDelete
Oo, I love the Iron King one the best - it's got the nicest color palette, I think.ReplyDelete
Those are beautiful covers! And the summaries make me want them more.ReplyDelete
Speaking of Arthurian books, have you read Elizabeth Wein's works? :) I love her books about Telemakos.
Ooh, definitely pretties. I love the covers, and all three books sound great.ReplyDelete
I thought I saw on Twitter the Iron King came out early..ReplyDelete
I'm reading The Iron King and so far it's really good. If the rest turns out just as great I am recommending it.ReplyDelete
I didn't have The Poison Throne on my TBR list (probably because I'd never heard of it). Now I do. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Tiah, I am with you on that. I keep trying to figure out how I can hang a mess of framed covers all over my library walls.ReplyDelete
Jenny, really effective, isn't it? I'm looking forward to it.
Chachic, I haven't. She's been on my radar for awhile. Where should I start?
Karen, yeah, these three were particularly pretty, I thought.
Pam, I saw that as well. I usually include the official release dates on these posts. But I absolutely love coming across one out early in the wild. :)
Princess Allie, ooh, good to hear! I'm excited.
Brenda, my pleasure! I'm hoping it's great because the sequel is being re-released just a couple months later.
Elibeth Wein's first book is the Winter Prince (which is out of print I think), followed by the Coalition of Lions. But you can read just the books about Telemakos, starting with The Sunbird and the duology The Lion Hunter and The Empty Kingdom. The Telemakos books have been repeatedly recommended in Sounis (the LJ community for MWT fans). Enjoy! :)ReplyDelete
I meant to comment on this the other day, but never got to it. Just wanted to add my two cents and say that these covers are all so beautiful and magical looking, not to mention that the stories sound wonderful, too!ReplyDelete
The cover art to Merlin's Harp is just ... wow. Beautiful.
Chachic, sweet. Sounisian recommendations rank high on my list. ;)ReplyDelete
Christine, I agree. Such pretty pretties. hehe.
These covers make it look like these books belong in a series together. They're all very beautiful. I was just talking about how I wanted to read a new Arthurian novel from a female character's perspective just not in the trend of Mists of Avalon or Guenevere trilogy. Both were good in their own right and I enjoyed them. It's just a trend/formula I quickly got tired of. Also definitely going to have check out the other two. Been hankering for some new fantasy novels.ReplyDelete