The incredibly talented Zoe Marriott, author of Frostfire, The Swan Kingdom, The Daughter of Flames and Shadows on the Moon, has just revealed the cover for her upcoming novel, The Night Itself. It will be book one in the Name of The Blade series. You can find Zoe's post about the cover here. Oh and the cover is gorgeous, check it out below:
The Night Itself
Series: The Name of the Blade #1
Release Date: 2013
Synopsis: A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.
When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana - an ancestral Japanese sword - out of its hiding place in her parent's attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.
The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend's party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.
The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.
Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it's already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.
With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru - and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu - Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn't learn how to control the katana's incredible powers, she's in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can't keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she'll lose not only her own life... but the love of a lifetime.
Doesn't the novel itself sound so awesome? Oh and the cover, it's gorgeous! It's bright and eye catching and what's even better is the full jacket was revealed too:
I love how it's illustrated and could even be a graphic novel. It's so different to all the other covers out there and it's really one that would jump out at me on a bookshelf. Wow! Just look at the sword and how the coils flow from it and surround the girl! It really gives off a strong and mysterious energy and atmosphere. The cover is a mixture of modern art and Japanese history. I really do love it!
What do you think of the cover? Let me know in the comments.