The Skull Throne (Demon Cycle 4) Cover Revealed!
Starburst Magazine have revealed Harper Voyager UK’s cover of Peter V. Brett’s forth novel in ‘The Demon Cycle’, The Skull Throne. The last book in the series featured the same character – Inevra – in alternative dress and pose on both the UK and US versions of the book. For this title readers have been treated to a US Cover that features Renna Bales and a British Cover (the one revealed today) that features Rojer Halfgrip – both by the ever brilliant Larry Rostant.
Pretty cool, right? I have to say that in my view Rojer was more jester-y. This image transforms my view of him from a ‘fun’ character to quite a ‘dark’ one, but that being said he has undergone a fair amount of character development over the course of Brett’s recent work, so it makes sense. Anyway, here’s the blurb:
The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.
Built from the skulls of fallen generals and demon princes, it is a seat of honour and ancient, powerful magic, keeping the demon corelings at bay. From atop the throne, Ahmann Jardir was meant to conquer the known world, forging its isolated peoples into a unified army to rise up and end the demon war once and for all.
But Arlen Bales, the Warded Man, stood against this course, challenging Jardir to a duel he could not in honour refuse. Rather than risk defeat, Arlen cast them both from a precipice, leaving the world without a saviour, and opening a struggle for succession that threatens to tear the Free Cities of Thesa apart.
In the south, Inevera, Jardir’s first wife, must find a way to keep their sons from killing one another and plunging their people into civil war as they strive for glory enough to make a claim on the throne.
In the north, Leesha Paper and Rojer Inn struggle to forge an alliance between the duchies of Angiers and Miln against the Krasians before it is too late.
Caught in the crossfire is the duchy of Lakton—rich and unprotected, ripe for conquest.
All the while, the corelings have been growing stronger, and without Arlen and Jardir there may be none strong enough to stop them.
Only Renna Bales may know more about the fate of the missing men, but she, too, has disappeared…
I’ve actually not yet got my hands on an ARC (Advanced Review Copy) yet, but I have a US friend who has and who I’ve had read the first couple of chapters to me through Skype. I have to say that I feel this is the best start to a Peter V. Brett book. The first few chapters set the ‘time-bombs ticking’ and the ‘flashback’ chapters give us yet another powerful character to follow – she may be Peat’s most likeable yet.
The Skull Throne will be published by Voyager on April 9th, 2015. In the USA the publishers are Del Rey Books who will be shipping it out a bit earlier on March 31st, 2015. Fantasy-Faction are running a competition where you could pick up an Ultra Rare ARC of The Skull Throne to celebrate our teaming up with Harper Voyager for the third Grim Gathering. You can enter below:
Oh, and just incase you haven’t seen the US cover, check it out below:
We’re so excited for this… can you tell? 🙂