~ COVER REVEAL ~
SSV is excited to present a cover reveal for Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan. It’s a sequel to the popular novel, Blood Song. I really enjoyed reading the first book in Raven’s Shadow series and hyped to read the next addition! Below, we present you a look at the US Cover, UK Cover, story blurb and a note from Anthony Ryan.
In Blood Song, Anthony Ryan introduced readers to “a fascinating world of conflicting religions and the wars fought in the name of those faiths” (Library Journal). Now Ryan’s epic tale continues as Vaelin Al Sorna discovers that there is no escape from the call of destiny…
“The blood-song rose with an unexpected tune, a warm hum mingling recognition with an impression of safety. He had a sense it was welcoming him home.”
Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus’s vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus’s grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.
But those gifted with the blood-song are never destined to live a quiet life. Many died in King Janus’s wars, but many survived, and Vaelin is a target, not just for those seeking revenge but for those who know what he can do. The Faith has been sundered, and many have no doubt who their leader should be. The new King is weak, but his sister is strong. The blood-song is powerful, rich in warning and guidance in times of trouble, but is only a fraction of the power available to others who understand more of its mysteries. Something moves against the Realm, something that commands mighty forces, and Vaelin will find to his great regret that when faced with annihilation, even the most reluctant hand must eventually draw a sword.
~ Note from Author Anthony Ryan ~
Naturally I’m very excited and pleased that Tower Lord continues to progress towards publication, and appreciative of all the hard work put in by my editors at Ace in the US and Orbit in the UK, as well as the sterling work of their respective graphics departments in producing the covers. Although I’m often heard to complain about the effort required to write Tower Lord it was also a hugely enjoyable experience as well as a surprising one, sometimes even I don’t know how things will turn out in the end. I can only hope readers who responded so well to Blood Song will find the same enjoyment in Tower Lord, and come July 2014 I guess I’ll find out.
Check out Anthony Ryan’s website for more information on the author and his work.