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Cover Reveal for Jay Kristoff’s “Nevernight”

Jay Kristoff by Christopher TovoI’ve been a huge fan of Jay Kristoff’s since reading Stormdancer back in 2012. Admittedly, the themes of Japan, Martial Arts, Fantasy, Mythical Creatures and Technology pretty much answered my prayers… but the writing style, the kick ass characters, the fun and keep-you-guessing plot were surely enjoyed by most fantasy readers too. Of course, I’ve kept up with Jay’s work over the years: the next two books in the Lotus Wars series were just as fun and his most recent book, Illuminae, written with Amie Kaufman, has already been picked up by BRAD PITT to be developed into a movie. If you’ve not checked it out, Illuminae tells the story of warring megacorporations, a deadly plague and, most interestingly, it is told through the medium of hacked documents.

I’d kind of expected that series to keep Jay busy for the next few years, but Harper Voyager recently got in touch to let me know that Jay had written another book and they forced my jaw to drop with the words “It is like Harry Potter crossed with Gentleman Bastards.” Now, I know that publishers and agents promise these kinds of things a lot – and sometimes my heart is broken a few days/weeks/months later, once I end up reading said book – but with Jay Kristoff involved, I’m willing to bet there is something of truth to this statement. Indeed, checking out the blurb, I remain intrigued:

The first in a new fantasy series from the New York Times bestselling author.

In a land where three suns almost never set, a fledgling killer joins a school of assassins, seeking vengeance against the powers who destroyed her family.

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father’s failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father’s former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer, and a future she never imagined.

Now, Mia is apprenticed to the deadliest flock of assassins in the entire Republic—the Red Church. If she bests her fellow students in contests of steel, poison and the subtle arts, she’ll be inducted among the Blades of the Lady of Blessed Murder, and one step closer to the vengeance she desires. But a killer is loose within the Church’s halls, the bloody secrets of Mia’s past return to haunt her, and a plot to bring down the entire congregation is unfolding in the shadows she so loves.

Will she even survive to initiation, let alone have her revenge?

You understand why I’m intrigued now, right? Well, I promised you a cover in the title and I’m about to show it you… I think it is a bold (and likely appreciated) move by Harper Voyager not to choose another ‘hooded man/woman’ cover for this title. Assassins and revenge… I’d probably have bet my mortgage on it being ‘one of those’, but check this out:

Nevernight Royal HB front White title

We were able to get in touch with the artist, Kerby Rosanes, he told us: “It is such a pleasure to illustrate a glimpse to the world of Nevernight through the cover. The elements and the level of detail I put on the illustrations represent some key themes from the story – dark, intriguing and deadly.”

NeverNight will be available on the 11th of August. You can read more about it here and follow Jay Kristoff on Twitter too!

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  1. Holy crap that cover looks awesome! Kudos to Jay Kristoff and Kerby Rosanes for developing such an engaging and amazing image to highlight the book! Well done! 🙂

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