Friday, January 16, 2015

Cover Reveal: Draven's Light

Quite frankly, Anne Elisabeth Stengl is rockin' the blogosphere and the world of independent publishing. Her passion for the process and the people who make it worthwhile is evident in everything from her gorgeous designs to her ceaseless creativity in thinking up new projects for her blog and Rooglewood Press. So it is with a great deal of admiration that I present to you the latest in a fabulous line of bookish wonders from Anne Elisabeth.

About the Book

In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest

Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.

The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.

But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?

Coming May 25, 2015

And here's the full cover...

My Thoughts

I recall when Anne Elisabeth had readers vote for their favorite of a couple different designs for this book's cover, and seeing the full wrap-around of this version was quite creepy and intense! But it fits with the tagline of this book so very well... That candle truly shines in the dark indigo of that cave. Not just the candle, but also the warm, white cape draped over the shoulders of the hero like a gift, the determined look  on his face in the glow of the light he carries, and the title and author name - all stand out brightly against the bleakness of the background. The scene is troubling with the twisted roots/vines that strangle and the crumbly rock all around the hero, but his stance - in light of the hope he holds - is strong and ready. A very eye-catching and engaging cover for this fantasy series!

About the Author

ANNE ELISABETH STENGL makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her novel Starflower was awarded the 2013 Clive Staples Award, and her novels Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award.

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Kara said...

That cover is awesome! I have got to get around to reading one of her books soon.

Amber Stokes said...


It really is! Quite epic. :) And oh, you haven't read any of her books yet?? Hope you do get to remedy that soon! Although I confess I'm rather behind on her Tales of Goldstone Wood... My favorite so far has been Starflower, but I've heard they just keep on getting better, so we have a lot to look forward to. :)