Monday, January 10, 2011

Cover art - "The Iron Khan" by Liz Williams

We’ve seen towards the end of 2010 the cover artwork for the e-book edition of the fifth novel in Liz Williams“Detective Inspector Chen” series, “The Iron Khan”. Morrigan Books made an interesting choice, but not the best of it. However, that changed in the case of the physical editions of Liz Williams“The Iron Khan”, Morrigan Books choosing a better cover artwork for this release, made by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law. Stephanie Pui-Mun Law is a very interesting artist, different and original. I cannot say that her works are among my top favorites, but I do love to see them and they are always drawing my attention. Such is the case with Stephanie Pui-Mun Law’s cover of Liz Williams“The Iron Khan”, an artwork that we don’t see every day on a book cover, interesting and catchy. A fine choice in my opinion. I am also happy to say that Stephanie Pui-Mun Law was among my guests of fantasy art posts and you can find that result here on my blog.

Here is Liz Williams“The Iron Khan” synopsis too:

Being considered a friend to the Emperor of Heaven has its drawbacks — especially when you’re Detective Inspector Chen and the Emperor needs assistance in finding the Book; an escaped, self-aware magical artifact with the power to alter the world. Tasked with retrieving the Book before it can alter reality, Chen crosses paths with his former partner, Zhu Irzh, who is in hot pursuit of the Iron Khan, an evil, homicidal immortal intent on conquering Asia by any means.
While Chen and Zhu are otherwise occupied, Inari — Chen’s demon wife — is whisked away by forces intent on revenge against Chen and ultimately, the Emperor of Heaven. The fantastical deserts of Western China and a mythical city of wonders serve as a backdrop for Chen, Zhu Irzh and Zhu’s lover, Jhai Tserai, as they wage an intense, personal war to prevent their world from suffering a cataclysmic destruction.
Liz Williams delivers an exotic tapestry of unique urban fantasy — rich with Asian mythology and interesting, fully-formed characters. From the quirky inclusion of a taciturn badger teapot, to the luxurious descriptions of Singapore Three, Williams crafts a solid and fantastical world like no other writer in the fantasy genre. Strong storytelling and unexpected plot twists are guaranteed to keep the reader intrigued…and longing for more.

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