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Between Two Thorns cover reveal!

By Emma on December 10, 2012

I’m going to get straight to it, then gush afterwards. Here’s the cover of The Split Worlds: Between Two Thorns coming out in 2013 from Angry Robot Books:

The cover of The Split Worlds: Between Two Thorns

Isn’t it beautiful?

It’s by the same artist behind the Assassin’s Curse cover (from Strange Chemistry) which I fell in love with as soon as I saw it. When I heard she was going to do one for the Split Worlds I was thrilled.

Oh, before I gush any further, here’s the blurb:

Something is wrong in Aquae Sulis, Bath’s secret mirror city.

The new season is starting and the Master of Ceremonies is missing. Max, an Arbiter of the Split Worlds Treaty, is assigned with the task of finding him with no one to help but a dislocated soul and a mad sorcerer.

There is a witness but his memories have been bound by magical chains only the enemy can break. A rebellious woman trying to escape her family may prove to be the ally Max needs.

But can she be trusted? And why does she want to give up eternal youth and the life of privilege she’s been born into?

The cover quote from Bill Willingham is something I have to keep reading to believe! I just have to share what he said about the book with you, because it’s just so damn exciting. Please forgive my momentary lapse in British reserve.

“Emma Newman has built a modern fantasy world with such élan and authority her ideas of why and how the seemingly irrational world of Fairy works should be stolen by every other writer in the field. Her characters are complex and troubled, courageous at times and foolhardy.
This book of wonders is first rate.”

There’s another quote I want to share with you whilst I’m filled with enough excitement to overcome my self-promotional reticence, from the fantastic Adam Christopher, author of Empire State and Seven Wonders:

With a feather-light touch, Emma Newman has crafted a very English fantasy, one brilliantly realised and quite delightful, weaving magic, mystery and parallel worlds together with ease. Newman may well be one of our brightest stars, The Split Worlds: Between Two Thorns just the beginning of a remarkable journey.

Honestly, it’s enough to make me have two cups of tea in a row – *and* a biscuit!

The paperback will be on sale in the US and Canada on February 27th, the UK on March 7th and in Australia soon afterwards (I don’t have an exact date for that I’m afraid). Until then there is a new story set in the Split Worlds coming out every week – the fortieth tale was released last week so there are only fourteen stories left in the year and a day of Split Worlds tales to go before the book comes out (eeeeeeep!).

If you would like to get each story (plus a bonus thank you one) in your inbox every week (for free), you can sign up here.

I think that’s enough excitement for one morning. To the kettle! And don’t spare the horses…

P.S. I’d love to hear what you think of the cover.

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  1. Adam B says:

    Looks fabulous.
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  2. beautiful.. .. and love the inclusion of Pulteney Bridge!!

  3. Gareth says:

    Looks ace, and I can’t wait to read it. :-)

  4. It’s gorgeous!! Well done you!! Something to be read asap!!
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  5. Jo Hall says:

    Oh Em, it’s beautiful! :) Can’t wait!
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  6. Emma Pass says:

    It looks fabulous, Emma! Congratulations, I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy.

  7. Dom Camus says:

    Good cover – elegant, appropriate and attractive. Full marks!

  8. Fi Phillips says:

    Great cover. Makes me want to buy it.
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  9. Excellent cover, and a sure reflection of the content! As for those quotes: let them go to your head, so long as you have tea and biscuits handy for the recovery.
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  10. As I said in email, very Cassandra Clare-esque, and I like it.

  11. Diana Alsobrook says:

    That looks so beautiful, I love it! I know they say “don’t judge a book by its cover”, but this cover would really put me in the mood to read the book (if I wasn’t already). How am I going to wait until February 27th to get more of the Arbiter?! ;)

    • Emma says:

      Awww, how about I make one of the upcoming stories about him, just to tide you over? Send me a prompt if you feel like it and I’ll see if it grows into a story x

      • Diana Alsobrook says:

        I do like the sound of that :) I have a 12-hour flight later today so I should definitely have time to brainstorm. I’ll get back to you, and thanks!

  12. Haneen Ibrahim says:

    Nice cover, I think (since I didn’t read the book, but I read the stories) that it suits the mood of the book. So happy for you!

  13. Perfect cover! Really captures the mood, and it’s so beautiful too! :-)

  14. Emma says:

    Yay! So glad you guys like it as much as I do :D

  15. Nick Johns says:

    This is a great cover, bespoke tailoring to dress the ‘simple complexity’ of the Split Worlds. Good stuff Em! Definitely not a Kindle purchase with that artwork to be displayed :-)
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  16. paisley says:

    I like the cover because it has a touch of Gothic softened by dreamy calligraphy, mysterious eyes (one blue one green?), full blooms and a potion – intriguing.
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  17. Julian Thompson-Hill says:

    Looks great, looking forward to reading the completed tome!

  18. Marco @ AR says:

    And let us give (massive) credit where it is due: the artist is the wonderful Sarah J Coleman, and you can see more of her amazing artwork at http://inkymole.com
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  19. Yep, that cover is just plain lovely!
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