City of Scars (Book One of The Skullborn Trilogy)
By Steven Montano
Release Date: June 28th, 2013
Cover Art by Barry Currey
It’s been three decades since the Blood Queen led her legions on a brutal campaign of conquest and destruction, and the Empires are still struggling to rebuild. Now, in the distant aftermath of the war, the real battle is about to begin.
Haunted by the crimes of his past, fallen knight Azander Dane ekes out a mercenary existence as he drifts from one city to the next. His latest job is to hunt down Ijanna Taivorkan, a powerful outlaw witch desperately seeking a way to escape her destiny.
Dane and Ijanna find themselves in Ebonmark, the City of Scars, where deadly crime guilds and shadowy agents of the White Dragon Empire prepare for a brutal confrontation. Pursued by apocalypse cults, mad alchemists, exiled giants and werewolf gangs, Dane and Ijanna soon learn a deadly lesson – in Ebonmark, only the cruelest and most cunning can survive.
City of Scars is the first volume of The Skullborn Trilogy, an all new epic fantasy adventure from the author of the Blood Skies series.
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I love this cover, it just screams dark fantasy. Cover artist Barry Currey did a fantastic job using the lack of color to create an amazing amount of texture. Through the use of texture and color each individual element is capable of standing on their own. The texture created in this cover makes it feel a lot like a oil painting and reminds me of something that I would see hanging on the stone wall of a castle.
This cover definitely does it's job in making me want to know the story that lies in its pages. The characters depicted on the cover are very intriguing and make me want to know them more. Who are they? What are they doing? Are they good or evil? Look at them, don't you want to know them more?
Steven Montano is a full-time accountant and the author of the Blood Skies series. He enjoys dark music, depressing cinema, cooking, hiking, and spending time with his crazy family. He lives in Washington, where he desperately prepares for the vampire apocalypse.