For The Killing of Kings

So here’s the official cover copy being used to promote the new book on B&N and Amazon and numerous other places. I have several months yet and can still ask for it to be tweaked. What do you think?

A cross between Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber and The Three MusketeersFor the Killing of Kings is the first in a new fantasy trilogy

Their peace was a fragile thing, but it had endured for seven years, mostly because the people of Darassus and the king of the Naor hordes believed his doom was foretold upon the edge of the great sword hung in the hall of champions. Unruly Naor clans might raid across the border, but the king himself would never lead his people to war so long as the blade remained in the hands of his enemies.

But when squire Elenai’s aging mentor uncovers evidence that the sword in their hall is a forgery she’s forced to flee Darassus for her life, her only ally the reckless, disillusioned Kyrkenall the archer. Framed for murder and treason, pursued by the greatest heroes of the realm, they race to recover the real sword, only to stumble into a conspiracy that leads all the way back to the Darassan queen and her secretive advisors. They must find a way to clear their names and set things right, all while dodging friends determined to kill them – and the Naor hordes, invading at last with a new and deadly weapon.

Howard Andrew Jones’ powerful world-building brings this epic fantasy to life in this first book of his new adventure-filled trilogy.

9 Comments on “For The Killing of Kings

  1. I’m not trying to be negative, but I find the cover a little meh. Everything seems to bleed together too much, color scheme wise. And I think it might be better if the two individuals on the cover had a bit more space between them.

    The story sounds awesome and all of us who enjoy your work will by this book regardless of the cover, but I think some tweaking might enable it catch the eyes of those readers who have yet to discover how talented you are. Just my two cents. I can’t wait to read it though!

  2. I wish I could have shared the cover development with a wider audience, but it couldn’t, and after so much time and energy was put into it by Lesley Worrell, there can’t be any more changes. I was pretty pleased that my characters and their uniforms look as described in the book.

    But I can still change any “copy text.” Any thoughts on the wording?

  3. The art itself is fine but the typographer is using the same font for the title as for your name, which I wouldn’t recommend.

    I don’t mind the font for your name, though you may want to ask them to make it bolder. However I would use a completely different font (or several) for the title; currently it leaves too much empty dead space and doesn’t telegraph the style of the book. The blurb describes your book as a “cross between Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber and The Three Musketeers.” My advice is to go browse old editions of Dumas or the Amber books and look at what kind of typefaces they used. You will probably find several that project or telegraph the feel of those books; i.e., swashbuckling or derring-do. Send those to the typographer as examples. She may want to add some flourishes as well.

    Maybe add a descriptive subtitle too? In which case, also use a different font for that. Good luck!

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