Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Politics and magic make dangerous bedfellows.
Deep within the Order, the seeds of corruption have taken root. While younger generations of the Gifted have embraced modern democratic values, a secret society of old-guard zealots seek a return to the past, when only European men of distinguished bloodlines held power.
Now, three venerable European families and a maverick American each plot to seize control of the Order and shape it to their will. A cutthroat game of political intrigue will decide the winner; and the stakes couldn't be higher, for ruling the Order carries with it the power to grant—or deny—an afterlife.
What begins as a battle of wills could turn into an all-out war. And magic could prove deadlier than any missile.
I love the cloth look of this cover and I can't help staring at the edges. Is that dirt? Mold? Has it been buried, or uncovered in a mysterious way? The ouroboros (infinity snake) image is equally mysterious and I like how it looks to be printed on the cloth. If the physical cover has some texture to it, I may just swoon in the bookstore.
Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Feisty teenage thief Maeko and her maybe-more-than-friend Chaff have scraped out an existence in Victorian London’s gritty streets, but after a near-disastrous heist leads her to a mysterious clockwork cat and two dead bodies, she’s thrust into a murder mystery that may cost her everything she holds dear.
Her only allies are Chaff, the cat, and Ash, the son of the only murder suspect, who offers her enough money to finally get off the streets if she’ll help him find the real killer.
What starts as a simple search ultimately reveals a conspiracy stretching across the entire city. And as Maeko and Chaff discover feelings for each other neither was prepared to admit, she’s forced to choose whether she’ll stay with him or finally escape the life of a street rat. But with danger closing in around them, the only way any of them will get out of this alive is if all of them work together.
Whereas the first cover was beautiful in its simplicity, this one has so many gorgeous details that it keeps your eye roving across the image. The glowing city in the background is lovely, as is the girl's coat and even the texture on her tights. But the real star of the show (as they should always be) is the cat. I think my favorite part is the determined look on the cat's face. Clockwork kitty doesn't need your pity, clockwork kitty is getting shit done.