It's still a few months away (cough, *Feb 2014*) but it's become even harder than usual to wait for Liz de Jager's Banished as we've just finalized THE COVER! Drum roll at the reveal that awaits below . . . Banished is a YA urban fantasy set in our world, but here fairy-tale legends exist. And only one family – the Blackharts – are able to see these fae interlopers, never mind fight them. Part Brothers Grimm, part Buffy with a dash of Cassandra Clare, this is a pacy and adventuresome read from a great new voice in YA fiction.
The cover that encapsulates this wonderful read is absolutely stunning. Jo Thomson in our design department has done such an amazing job, seeking out exactly what she wanted using Shutterstock images, carefully chosen fonts and powerful designer magic! I just love the atmosphere conveyed by the image as a whole - and details such as the delicate black and silver tracery on Kit's face. And the combination of wild and natural suggested by the trees and cityscape is so perfect. Liz was also, to my great relief, just as delighted as I was and had this to say:
'I am impressed by how the design team and my editor, Bella, worked to produce this stunning cover to accompany my debut. I love how we can see Kit's face, her serious and thoughtful expression. I also like that my gaze is drawn to the mystery of the forest and how it's linked to the dark and menacing London skyline below. The fact that the word BANISHED is in a striking different colour and the font itself has this strange vine/thorn theme to it, echoes my feeling that faery tales aren't ever as nice and saccharine we'd like to believe. The cover is one hundred percent Blackhart Legacy and I couldn't have asked for anything more special.'
So, onto the cover itself with the blurb below ...
BANISHED - THE STORY
Sworn to protect, honour and slay -- because chaos won’t banish itself
Kit is proud to be a Blackhart, now she’s living with her unorthodox cousins and sharing their strange lives. Especially since their home-schooling includes spells, fighting enemy fae and using ancient weapons.
But it’s not until she rescues a rather handsome fae prince, fighting for his life on the edge of Blackhart Manor, that her training really kicks in. With her family away on various missions, Kit must protect Prince Thorn, rely on new friends and use her own unfamiliar magic to stay ahead of Thorn’s enemies.
As things go from bad to apocalyptic, fae battle fae in a war that threatens to spill into the human world. Then Kit pits herself against the Elder Gods themselves – it’s that or lose everyone she’s learnt to love.
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The original press release of Liz's Blackhart Legacy publishing deal is here, and on the day Liz received so many hundreds of tweets in support that we collected them using Storify here.