Friday, 30 September 2016

Shadows of the Oak cover reveal

Among trees, it is understood that the Oak is King. He stands tall, his branches reaching sure and strong into the sunlight. His noble bearing is proud, and he suffers no fools. He offers shade and shelter to those who need it, and he holds firm against the might of the wind for the safety and comfort of his lesser brothers.
But he who casts too deep a shade – who will not bend to allow the light to touch those who shelter beneath his might – should beware. For in the darkness, under cover of fallen leaf and decaying branch, feeding on the damp, dank earth that is their lot, the mould, the rot and the fungi grow and fester. From beneath the splendour of widespread bough and far-reaching root, the weak and wicked wield their own power – a power which devours from below, slow and insidious.
The Oak who does not share the light knows nothing of this dark threat . . . until the very moment he is toppled.
The long-anticipated follow-up to our first fairy tale collection, Willow, Weep No More, is finally on its way, and now it’s time for the new cover to be revealed. In another beautifully detailed original illustration, artist Līga Kļaviņa shows us the reverse view of Willow’s cover and we catch a glimpse of the dark deeds that go on in the Shadows of the Oak.
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Cover art by Līga Kļaviņa, cover design by Ken Dawson
Shadows of the Oak explores the role of the anti-hero in this illustrated collection of original fairytales from thirteen talented authors, to be released in November 2016 as a stunning hardback.

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