My editor, Ross Lockhart, just forwarded me the artwork for The Winds of Khalakovo. In a word, wowee zowee. Ok, that's two, but this deserves two, and a whole lot more. The artist is Adam Paquette, and I think he did a wonderful job.
I love how the ships came out. And I love, love, love the castle on the mountain. For those following along at home, that is, of course, Palotza Radiskoye. The golden light and the dark, menacing clouds fit the mood of Winds to a tee. The river down below and the onion domes on the small fort to the left are great as well.
I think it's sort of cool how you don't know what's up with the ship flying so low. Is it running away? Are the other ships after it? And it's cool that it's set at the break of day. With the low, yellow light and the fog off the water. Wow. I'm stunned.
I think it hits the mark very well. The cover is not simply art. It's a marketing tool. And I think this speaks to the right segment of the market: epic fantasy readers.
Let me know what you think! I'm going to go back to staring at it for a while…
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