Cover Launch: THE FALLEN BLADE by Jon Courtenay Grimwood James Long December 7, 2011


“Gritty, grimy, decadent and compelling,” The Sunday Times said of Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s fantasy novel THE FALLEN BLADE. The same can be said for the fabulous new cover of the UK mass market paperback edition, created by our wonderful in-house designer Emma Graves.

Emma kindly agreed to talk about her creation:

“Redesigning the Grimwood series was an exciting and interesting project. We wanted a cover that gave the reader a taste of the captivating setting of this series while reflecting the dark and dangerous environment and characters. Having visited Venice myself, I knew the challenge was to find images and textures to project this captivating city with its narrow streets and alleys to the reader.

Before deciding what each cover in the series would feature, I put together mood boards of visual ideas, photographs, colors, and typefaces inspired by the plots and atmosphere of the books.

We wanted the new style to appeal to both existing Grimwood fans and new readers. By choosing sophisticated images and colors and mixing them with historically-minded typefaces, the design fits in well both within its genre and in the broader historical fiction market. The textured frames bind the books together in a series and I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book in the set and create another cover to match the first two.

Many thanks to Emma, ​​whose cover perfectly encapsulates the brooding atmosphere of Jon Courtenay Grimwood’s alternative Venice!

THE FALLEN BLADE (UK | USA | ANZ) will be released in paperback in the UK on April 5, 2012. The second novel in the trilogy, THE OUTCAST BLADE – with an equally fantastic cover! – will follow in commercial format everywhere in May 2012.

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