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John Jude Palencar’s Cover for Stephen R. Donaldson’s THE KING’S JUSTICE is Truly Stunning [Exclusive Cover Reveal + Giveaway]

THE KING'S JUSTICE (2)The King’s Justice: Two Novellas by Stephen R. Donaldson will be out in October, and courtesy of the publisher, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, we’ve got your first look at the cover!

Here’s the cover and synopsis (larger cover, where you can feast your eyes on original artwork by the award-winning American fantasy, science fiction, and horror artist and illustrator John Jude Palencar, appears after the jump):

In The King’s Justice, a stranger dressed in black arrives in the village of Settle’s Crossways, following the scent of a terrible crime. He even calls himself “Black,” though almost certainly that is not his name. The people of the village discover that they have a surprising urge to cooperate with this stranger, though the desire of inhabitants of quiet villages to cooperate with strangers is not common in their land, or most lands. But this gift will not save him as he discovers the nature of the evil concealed in Settle’s Crossways.

The Augur’s Gambit is a daring plan created by Mayhew Gordian, Hieronomer to the Queen of Indemnie, a plan to save his Queen and his country. Gordian is a reader of entrails. In the bodies of chickens, lambs, piglets, and one stillborn infant he sees the same message: the island nation of Indemnie is doomed. But even in the face of certain destruction a man may fight, and the Hieronomer is utterly loyal to his beautiful Queen–and to her only daughter. The “Augur’s Gambit” is his mad attempt to save a kingdom.

Also of note (via the publisher): Stephen R. Donaldson is one of the most critically acclaimed and successful authors in publishing history as the creator of the iconic Thomas Covenant series, which The Washington Post has assigned “a place on the small list of true classics.” Steeped in symbolism, Donaldson’s work has long sparked intense discourse for its deep philosophical undercurrent, and his widely-recognized talent for portraying a world where outcasts persevere against unimaginable odds has won his novels great acclaim for their emotional complexity. Now in THE KING’S JUSTICE, Donaldson once again takes readers into a magical realm where concepts like law, beauty, and evil are the supreme governing principles.

As with each volume in Donaldson’s series, the jacket artwork for has been commissioned and hand painted by the award-winning American fantasy, science fiction, and horror artist and illustrator John Jude Palencar, whose work has appeared on hundreds of book covers over the course of his over 20-year career in over thirty countries, including by authors H.P. Lovecraft, Ursula LeGuin, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Octavia Butler, Stephen King, Charles DeLint, and Christopher Paolini.


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

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons (October 13, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 0399176977
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399176975

Win an Advance Copy of THE KING’S JUSTICE: TWO NOVELLAS by Stephen R. Donaldson

Here’s how you can enter for a chance to win (we’ve got 5 copies to give away!):

  1. Send an email to contest at sfsignal dot com. (That’s us).
  2. In the subject line, enter “The King’s Justice
  3. In the body of the email, please provide:
    • A mailing address so the prize can be sent as soon as possible. (The winning address is used only to mail the prize. All other address info will be purged once the giveaway ends.)
  4. Geographic restrictions: This giveaway is open only to residents of the U.S.and Canada only.
  5. The giveaway will end Friday, June 22nd, 2015 (9:00 PM U.S. Central time). Two (2) winners will be selected at random, notified, and announced shortly thereafter.

Good luck!

About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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