Cover & Synopsis: “Book of Iron” by Elizabeth Bear

Subterranean has posted the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear, a standalone prequel to the acclaimed novella, Bone and Jewel Creatures.

Here’s the synopsis:

Subterranean Press is proud to announce Book of Iron, the standalone prequel to Elizabeth Bear’s acclaimed novella, Bone and Jewel Creatures.

Bijou the Artificer is a Wizard of Messaline, the City of Jackals. She and her partner—and rival—Kaulas the Necromancer, along with the martial Prince Salih, comprise the Bey’s elite band of trouble-solving
adventurers.

But Messaline is built on the ruins of a still more ancient City of Jackals. So when two foreign Wizards and a bard from the mysterious western isles cross the desert in pursuit of a sorcerer intent on plundering the deadly artifacts of lost Erem, Bijou and her companions must join their hunt.

The quest will take them through strange passages, beneath the killing light of alien suns, with the price of failure the destruction of every land.

[Dust jacket illustration by Maurizio Manzieri]

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover edition (September 30, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1596064749
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596064744

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