Cover Design for The Flames of Shadam Khoreh

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I’m very excited to reveal the cover design for The Flames of Shadam Khoreh, the concluding volume of The Lays of Anuskaya. Here it is in all its glory.

The Flames of Shadam Khoreh begins nearly two years after the events of The Straits of Galahesh. Atiana and Nikandr continue their long search for Nasim, which has taken them to the desert wastes of the Gaji, where the fabled valley of Shadam Khoreh lies. But all is not well. War has moved from the islands to the mainland, and the Grand Duchy knows its time may be limited if Yrstanla rallies its forces. And the wasting disease and the rifts grow ever wider, threatening places that once thought themselves safe. The Dukes believe that their only hope may be to treat with the Haelish warriors to the west of Yrstanla, but Nikandr knows that the key is to find Nasim and a lost artifact known as the Atalayina.

Will Nikandr succeed and close the rifts once and for all? The answer lies deep within the Flames of Shadam Khoreh.

The cover design was really fun to work on, and it was made easier by Aaron J. Riley’s excellent artwork. When I first saw it, I immediately loved the rich yellows, oranges, and browns, and knew it would provide a great palette to work from.

I’ll have more cool news about the covers for The Winds of Khalakovo and The Straits of Galahesh in the coming days, so stay tuned!


  1. Paul Weimer (@princejvstin)

    February 13, 2013 at 10:16 am

    And there it is, ready for action!

    • Brad

      February 13, 2013 at 10:22 am

      It is, indeed! Can’t wait to see it on the book!

  2. Joel

    February 13, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    Did you do the typesetting personally? It reminds me of the cover for your short story collection.

    I really like the looks of this one, but I have to say that the series is not well-served by having three totally disparate cover designs.

    • Brad

      February 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm

      Thanks, Joel. I certainly used some of the same techniques, and didn’t mind some overlap to create a common feel for my current fiction.

      And I *completely* agree about the disparate designs. I’m in the process of rebranding them to use this same design. I’ll unveil them all in the coming days.

      Thanks for the input.

  3. Betsy Dornbusch

    February 13, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Love it. Beautiful, thought-provoking cover.

    • Brad

      February 13, 2013 at 1:25 pm

      Thanks, Betsy. Agreed. I like the tone of it, and I think it fits in great with the tone of the book itself.

  4. Ryan Leduc

    February 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Wow! Love the cover design. It really pops!

    Best of luck with the new book!