It's been a great few weeks for cover reveals here at Tor UK - if you haven't already seen Truthwitch, False Hearts, War Factory and the Micah Grey novels, you should check them out. And now it's time for THIS . . . behold the glorious final design for Adrian Tchaikovsky's upcoming fantasy novel, THE TIGER AND THE WOLF, book one of Echoes of the Fall:
Stunning, right? Neil Lang in the Pan Macmillan art department has done an incredible job. You just want to keep staring at that gold foil - but you'll have to wait till February 2016 to hold it in your hands and lovingly caress the embossing.
Adrian Tchaikovsky is best known for his gripping ten-volume fantasy series, The Shadows of the Apt. But he is a man of many talents! 2015 has seen the publication of his standalone flintlock fantasy, Guns of the Dawn AND science fiction masterpiece Children of Time.
The Tiger and the Wolf is different again - it's a sweeping fantasy, featuring warfare, shape-shifting, twisted politics and invasion. It's also a wonderful coming-of-age tale. Think Game of Thrones's internecine rivalries meet Jean M. Auel's epic tales of a earlier world in turmoil.
Intrigued? Here's a summary to whet your appetite:
In the bleak northern crown of the world, war is coming
Maniye’s father is the Wolf clan’s chieftain, but she’s an outcast. Her mother was queen of the Tiger and these tribes have been enemies for generations. Maniye also hides a deadly secret. All can shift into their clan’s animal form, but Maniye can take on tiger and wolf shapes. She can’t disown half her soul, so escapes – with the killer Broken Axe in pursuit.
Maniye’s father plots to rule the north, and controlling his daughter is crucial to his schemes. However, other tribes also prepare for strife. It’s a season for omens as priests foresee danger, a time of testing and broken laws. Some say a great war is coming, overshadowing even Wolf ambitions. But what spark will set the world ablaze?
Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky
‘A refreshingly new take on post-dystopia civilizations, with the smartest evolutionary worldbuilding you’ll ever read’
Peter F. Hamilton
‘Tchaikovsky weaves together a story that keeps you hooked with breathless battle scenes, well-drawn characters and an uneasy feeling in your gut . . . an engrossing story, beautifully told’
‘Tchaikovsky's newest standalone fantasy is a war story of the most evocative kind’
‘This is superior stuff, tackling big themes – gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness – with brio’
‘Stories by Adrian Tchaikovsky are always sober, meticulous and carefully constructed’
‘Tightly written and plotted, with exquisite attention to every bloody detail . . . Moving, gripping and wonderfully paced, Tchaikovsky has produced a strong standalone book about a remarkable heroine’
‘Epic fantasy at its best. Gripping, original and multi-layered storytelling from a writer bursting with lots of fascinating ideas’