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Behind the Scenes: A Throne of Swans Cover

 

“Now my Father is dead, I am the only swan here. And I do not fly…”

A Throne of Swans by Katharine and Elizabeth Corr is a brilliant new fantasy novel and the start of an irresistible duology set in a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly…

The breath-taking cover was put together with illustrator and designer Steve Newman, who created the stunning throne on the front.

Steve gave us some insight into how he went about designing the throne:

‘Sculpting the throne that was used to illustrate A Throne of Swans was an incredible opportunity for me to take my love of ornate patterns and shapes and mix that with the themes of nature and royalty from the story.

Once an overall shape was agreed for the throne, I set about digitally sculpting first the base shapes, and then working the ornate patterns into the frame. The deputy Art Director of Bonnier Books Alexandra Allden had illustrated some lovely patterns which I sculpted into the top frame of the throne, and a beautiful coat of arms had been illustrated for the book insert which I used as the central back piece relief.  From here I was then able to begin to add texture and imperfections into the wood to give it a more realistic finish.

Once the throne sculpture was completed I then took this model into rendering software where it was lit to convey a sense of mood that suited the tone of the cover.’

You can watch a video of the throne being designed here:

 

A Throne of Swans publishes on 9th January 2020.  Pre-order your copy now and enter our competition to win exclusive ToS goodies.

 

 

About the Book

In a world where the flightless are ruled by those who can fly . . .

 

When her father dies just before her birthday, seventeen-year-old Aderyn inherits the role of Protector of Atratys, a dominion in a kingdom where nobles are able to transform at will into the bird that represents their family bloodline. Aderyn’s ancestral bird is a swan. But she has not transformed for years, not since witnessing the death of her mother – ripped apart by hawks that have supposedly been extinct since the long-ago War of the Raptors.

With the benevolent shelter of her mother and her father now lost, Aderyn is at the mercy of her brutal uncle, the King, and his royal court. Driven by revenge and love, she must venture into the malevolent heart of the Citadel in order to seek the truth about the attack that so nearly destroyed her, to fight for the only home she has ever known and for the land she has vowed to protect.

Written in rich detail and evocative language, this is the start of an irresistible, soaring duology about courage, broken loyalties and fighting for your place in the world.

 

 

About the Authors

Katharine and Elizabeth Corr are sisters originally from Essex, now living in Surrey. When they both decided to write novels – on account of fictional people being much easier to deal with than real ones – it was obvious they should do it together. They can sometimes be found in one of their local coffee shops, arguing over which character to kill off next. Katharine and Elizabeth are also authors of the spell-binding trilogy The Witch’s Kiss.