…apart from the fact that the cover’s starting to claw its way towards daylight, I thought I’d post the latest draft of the blur for Grave Thief, just to see what you kiddies think of it. Blurb writing is of course a dangerous thing for an author to spend too much time on because we tend to get obsessed about perfecting encapsulating the essence of our art, but I also find it useful to have it as a reminder about the direction I’d intended for the book. You can only mention a couple of things in the blurb so they’ve got to be important, not that I have a tendency to go off on tangents that result in me getting clubbed by the High Queen Editoress (or Editrice perhaps?).
Anyways, here’s the blurb, let me know what you think!
The Grave Thief
Scree has been destroyed; wiped from the face of the Land in a brutal demonstration of intent, yet even before the fires that destroyed it have gone out the stakes are raised to the heavens. Now the Gods themselves have entered the fray.
Returning home to a nation divided by fanaticism, Isak is haunted both by the consequences of his actions in Scree and visions of impending death, while the newly-militant priesthoods scream for blood. As a white-eye, Isak knows he must embrace the darkness inside him or be consumed by it, a lesson the whole Land now needs. As the nation teeters on the brink of collapse, Isak realises his personal daemons offer a chance to take the fight to the enemy. One chance to escape the prophecies and plots that shackle him, but at a horrifying cost.
With the battle lines vague and allegiances uncertain, now is the time for heartless decisions and ruthless action. Two figures oppose Isak and his allies: the greatest warrior in history who dreams of empire and Godhood, and a newborn baby whose dreams have no limit.