We have a final UK cover for The Heroes, and it looks something like this:
Or, in even more spectacular stunning wraparound-o-vision, this:
Isn’t she lovely? Click on it to see the detail. CLICK ON IT. The main addition is that units have been added – the Northmen wore red, the Union blue – transforming this workaday map of an unimportant valley in the middle of nowhere into a rendering of the positions on the morning of the second day at the Battle of Osrung. Can you smell the excitement? Or indeed the horse excrement, bloating corpses and metal filings? For those not entirely unfamiliar with maps of unit dispositions it immediately gives the thing a different flavour. But from a strictly cover art standpoint I really like the way that it has huge impact from a distance, but the closer you look at it the more you see, and the more questions come up, enticing one to pick it up and seek within for the answers. And who’s that cheeky young man on the left with the magnificent head of hair? Look inside, his enigmatic twisting of the lip seems to say, and for £14.99 sterling I will spin you a tale of knights, wizards, princesses, chivalree and derring-do. And axes.
Artwork is by the award-winning team that brought you such classics as the cover to Best Served Cold – Dave Senior on map duty, Didier Graffet provided the axe, and Laura Brett married the two together, did the design work, and provided that vital spatter, all briefed and co-ordinated by my editor Gillian Redfearn. Stay tuned, because over the next couple of weeks I’m going to be taking a closer look at how the various elements came to be and were united into this magnificent whole…
Like it? Want one of your own? In just 77 days we’ll be giving them away FREE with every UK hardcover of The Heroes. You can pre-order yours now from those lovely people at amazon or waterstones, for 50% off. Half price. £7.50. You’re killing me here!