Here is the last cover for Arekan’s War. I’m not printing the blurb yet because there are too many spoilers to Book 3, Tour of Duty. But in book 4 Arekan finds out the hard way that “no good deed goes unpunished.” Suffice it to say he is placed in a situation where he has to make some very uncomfortable decisions to satisfy matters of honor. Can he swallow the exigencies and imperatives of command and lordship even if they go against everything Arekan believes? Will he sacrifice his integrity to kept his promises? And can his heart bear the ultimate price of his compromises?
Cover Art by Starry Night Graphix.
I took the morning to finish up the covers for the Arekan’s War books. Below is the one for book three which is written but needs one more good going over before I release it. But here is the blurb.
Tour of Duty
Arekan’s first days in the Windshadow Complex are so disastrous that both Santir and Captain Raden Irlu agree its best for everyone if Arekan puts some time and distance between him and the Mor’a’stani lords. Irlu, who quickly became Arekan’s best friend in the complex, persuades Arekan to go with him on the last patrol before the snow flies, a tour of duty that spans part of the vast Windshadow vale. Here Arekan learns about the life of the people of the vale, long thought to be the staunchest supporters of the Mor’a’stani. He finds a people very much split on the whether the Mor’a’stani are their saviors or their enemy. At the same time he takes an interest in the young woman, Katlia, that Raden sees as his, but hasn’t made a formal offer of marriage.
Can their friendship survive Arekan’s meddling in the private life of his best friend?
Here is the new official cover for the second part of Arekan’s War.
It’s meant to reflect Arekan standing in the audience hall of the Windshadow Complex though it’s not quite the picture I see in MY head. But what are you going to do? How do you get a photograph of structure that doesn’t exist until four thousand years into the future? You just make do with what you have.
But I found a great picture for the background. I found it on Flickr licensed as a Creative Commons picture by Flickr user Tom Cavnar. Sweet.
And here is the blurb for the story:
Arekan Mor’a’stan now holds the Sword of Quajinn, the symbol that declares his right to rule the Kyn Empire. The head of the Mor’a’stani family council and Santir’s uncle, Scine, assigns Santir to Arekan as the new Mor’a’stani lord’s aide. Santir, despite his feelings of rancor toward Arekan feels honor bound to serve him to the best of his ability. This puts Santir squarely in the middle of the hard headed Arekan and his just as stubborn uncle, Scine. Meanwhile, Arekan learns about the politics and economics of the people he is meant to rule and the picture is not good.
Can Arekan find a way to lead all the Mor’a’stani to retake the throne of Kyn? And can Santir keep his relatives from killing Arekan in the process?
This is the second of a four part series Arekan’s War.
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Arekan leads a hardscrabble and solitary life as a hired blade for whatever merchant space vessel that will take him. The problem with twenty-two year old Arekan is that he causes trouble wherever he goes, enough so that he uses variety of aliases. Fired by his last captain, stranded in a foreign nation, he is approached by a member of the outlaw family who once ruled the Kyn Empire. The imperious man offers him employment. The job? Smuggle his son into the Kyn Empire.
Arekan hates the condescending manner of Sinlon Mor’a’stan, and he despises the man’s privileged and haughty son, Santir. Unable to refuse Sinlon’s offer he takes the job. But guarding Santir on the thirty day journey into Kyn on a ship of hardened spacers proves to be a challenge. Between ship politics, pirates, a failed spacewalk and boarding by the Kyn military, Arekan has to use every trick he knows to keep Santir in one piece.
It’s just too bad that Santir chooses to stiff Arekan on his pay. And for that Santir and the Mor’a’stani pay the steepest price of all.
Cover by Starry Night Graphic Arts.