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The Cover Art for UPDRAFT, Fran Wilde’s Debut Novel, is Simply Awesome

Updraft-400Wow! Tor is once again exhibiting their top-notch art direction.

Check out Stephan Martiniere’s excellent cover (and the synopsis) for Fran Wilde’s upcoming debut novel Updraft.

I like how the cover evokes both the “city of living bone” and high-flying adventure at the same time it entices readers with imaginative world building. Bring it on!

Here’s the synopsis:

In a city of living bone rising high above the clouds, where danger hides in the wind and the ground is lost to legend, a young woman must expose a dangerous secret to save everyone she loves.

Welcome to a world of wind and bone, songs and silence, betrayal and courage.

Kirit Densira cannot wait to pass her wingtest and begin flying as a trader by her mother’s side, being in service to her beloved home tower and exploring the skies beyond. When Kirit inadvertently breaks Tower Law, the city’s secretive governing body, the Singers, demand that she become one of them instead. In an attempt to save her family from greater censure, Kirit must give up her dreams to throw herself into the dangerous training at the Spire, the tallest, most forbidding tower, deep at the heart of the City.

As she grows in knowledge and power, she starts to uncover the depths of Spire secrets. Kirit begins to doubt her world and its unassailable Laws, setting in motion a chain of events that will lead to a haunting choice, and may well change the city forever—if it isn’t destroyed outright.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books (September 1, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0765377837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765377838


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2 Comments on The Cover Art for UPDRAFT, Fran Wilde’s Debut Novel, is Simply Awesome

  1. Paul Weimer (@PrinceJvstin) // January 27, 2015 at 5:12 am //

    Gliders. Gliders are cool!

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