Twelve Kings Cover Art!

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Adam Paquette, the wonderful artist of this piece, wowed me when he created the art for the North American cover of my debut novel, The Winds of Khalakovo. I was ecstatic when my editor, Betsy Wollheim, asked if I’d like to work with Adam on the new series. Of course I said I’d love to work with Adam again, and I’m so pleased with what he came up with for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai. The morning cityscape of Sharakhai is stunning, and I’m really pleased that the hero of the story, Çeda, is shown to be looking out across it toward the House of Kings, the mountain where the palaces of the Twelve Kings stand. I’ll leave it up to the viewer to wonder why Çeda is so very interested in them…

I’d also like to thank Betsy for her excellent eye in what makes a cover work, and for including me a bit in the process.


I love, love, love this piece from Adam. So much so I’m going to be kind of sad when it’s covered up with words, but I’m sure DAW will do a great job with the cover design. I think Adam captured the feel of the book quite well. I love the juxtaposition of the House of Kings with the tents of the bazaar. The rising sun is wonderful, especially as it plays over the city and the palaces. One of my favorite bits is the bridge in the upper left, leading from one part of the mountain to another. It’s wonderfully complex, and beautiful at the same time, two qualities I definitely shoot for in my writing.

I hope you like the cover, and I hope you like the book when it’s released in September. There’ll be a lot more news in the coming months, including the cover design from DAW, plus cover art and design from Gollancz for the UK edition. And! More from Germany as Droemer Knaur begins its translation of Twelve Kings.

Such an exciting time after a few years of relative quiet. Thanks for coming along for the ride.



  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin)

    January 23, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    It’s gorgeous, Brad.

    • Brad

      January 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm

      Thanks, Paul. I can’t wait to hold an honest to goodness hardcover in my hands with this on it.

  2. jonsnuuh

    January 23, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    Would love to see a wallpaper-size or full jacket spread of this beauty for the computer,it would make a great background pic.

    • Brad

      January 23, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Yeah, the orientation doesn’t really allow for that, I suppose. Lots of stuff off-screen.