I’m a big fan of Guy Gavriel Kay. I’m a sucker for ancient Asian history and mythology. Thus, it goes without saying that I’m absolutely gaga about this novel.
The cover’s nice, particularily the warm tones and the bold placement of author and title. I appreciate the fact that the publisher wasn’t afraid to embrace the Asian influence of the main protagonists, displaying them boldly on the cover and giving an instant impression of what’s within. I don’t love the floating, ghostly buildings, but the overall imagery is nice and manages to be quiet and epic at the same time. It might have been nice to include more of an Asian influence in the design, but it’s also easy to fall into cheesy cliche when stepping into a distinct territoy like that.
You can find a synopsis for the novel HERE.