New Chapter Header for Davud

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For the past month or so, I’ve been working in the background with Adam Paquette, the artist of the US cover for Twelve Kings in Sharakhai and also the artist who created the chapter headers for the book. And exactly why was I working with Adam, you may ask? A good question, dear friend. I added a new POV to the second book, With Blood Upon the Sand, and since the other chapters had their own artwork associated with them, I needed one for the new POV as well.

Those who’ve read Twelve Kings will recall that Davud was a young, bright-eyed collegia student studying under Master Amalos. Davud gets a more expanded role in Book Two. There are some goings-on at the collegia, and I needed someone to see that part of the story. And he was an interesting enough character that I knew I was going to delve deeper into his life at some point anyway.

These two things collided into a new POV that shows Davud getting drawn into the growing maelstrom around Sharakhai. Or, said more accurately, Davud gets caught in a pincer between several of the forces vying for control over the city. As Çeda continues her quest to avenge her mother, the Moonless Host become more desperate to topple the Kings, and the Kings themselves exert their influence more strongly than ever, many become pawns in the struggle.

That’s essentially where Davud enters the tale, as a young man caught in a difficult situation who then simply has to try to make the most of it. That’s what I wanted the image to signify. His thirst for knowledge, his studies at the collegia, and the terrible danger that lies ahead of him.

Here’s what we came up with:


I really like how it turned out. It keeps the circular motif we have going on, but gives Davud a very distinctive image the reader can easily associate to the (rather horrific) events that occur to Davud and his friends.

I’m curious to hear what you think. Let me know in the comments!


  1. Paul Genesse

    May 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    That is awesome. Perfection.

    • Brad

      May 3, 2016 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks, Paul! I think it works well too.

  2. Paul Weimer

    May 3, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    A lot of authors don’t even consider chapter headings. I approve of this choice

    • Brad

      May 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

      Yeah, I’m a bit surprised I don’t see more of them in books. Even in ebook form (or maybe even more so in ebook form) it sets the book apart. I’m really glad to have them in the books.

  3. Ryan

    May 4, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    I like it. Before you said who it was, I got from the image scholarship such as at a college, streets, and blood on the streets suggesting something rough and violent, possibly even some sort of battle or attack; possibly even a chase.

    One thing I like about the point of viewer markers is that it creates a cost to adding a new point of view. Coming up with the marker is not a small task, so it will make you question if you really need another pov. I think that will help you keep the story lean in this respect.