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:
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.