Rachel Neumeier

Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy Author

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Cover that is not black

Saw this on tor.com:

What do you think? This cover has a soft, impressionistic style that lends itself well to the misty appearance of the evergreen trees and the palace. I like the palace a lot, very nice backdrop for the title. Interesting how the sharp lettering contrasts with the impressionistic artwork. Those red flowers in the foreground are important to pick up the color of the title and tie the cover together.

Tagline … eh. I don’t particularly like heroes that fall, though I do like men who rise. Here’s the description:

Mathias has always been the star. He’s the handsome one, the popular one, the one on the fast track to become mayor of his small town. Naturally, nobody is surprised when it’s revealed that Mathias is prophesied to be the one who’ll save the world. And when he rides off with his grumpy, slightly unstable best friend Aaslo in tow, no one has any reason to suspect their journey will end in anything but Mathias’s stunning success.

Until it all goes horribly wrong.

Now Aaslo must find a way forward on his own, as his fellow citizens start to believe that submitting to the forces of evil might be their best chance at survival. As hope dims, Aaslo and his anti-fellowship of miscreants must try to save the world — or at least survive until tomorrow.

Now, this description gives me a little push away from the book. Watching Mathias crash and burn would probably be painful. Watching the fellow citizens submit to the forces of evil — also painful. Possibly following Aaslo and his friends — anti-friends? — as they succeed in the face of evil would be fine. Depending on what constitutes success.

I note in passing that the ebook is currently priced at $14 on Amazon. As a price to encourage readers to try a new-to-them author, that is a total failure.

But at least the cover is good.

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