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01 January 2014 @ 08:21 am
Shaman Rises cover reveal!  

I thought I’d start the new year off right, with a cover reveal for SHAMAN RISES, the final book of the Walker Papers!


Would you like to know all the reasons this cover is terrific? Let me tell you all the reasons it’s perfect!

First: the colors. My publisher’s always been very good about discussing colors with me, and I very much wanted the final book in the series to have a light, bright look in direct and deliberate contrast to the first book’s cover. So what do I get? Spring green and whites: *perfect*, and also well in keeping with the time frame for the book, which is set in early April.

Second: Joanne’s pose. It’s *perfect*. It’s strong. It’s confident. It’s relaxed. It’s looking upward and outward, challenging without being afraid. It is, again, the *perfect* contrast to the dark, clench-fisted tension of the first cover.

Third: JOANNE HAS A FACE! Okay, granted, the face looks absolutely nothing like Joanne (and we won’t even talk about the hair!) but we actually finally get to fully see her, and it’s as a grown-up, confident woman, which actually–although I know perfectly well this was not the intention of the cover department; it’s just been the evolution of urban fantasy covers over the past eight years–really works beautifully well in terms of slow reveals. I’m just delighted with it!

So there we go, lads. SHAMAN RISES, the final book of the Walker Papers, coming in July 2014…

…and if by some chance you haven’t read NO DOMINION, the collection of Walker Papers short stories that fits between RAVEN CALLS and MOUNTAIN ECHOES, I *heartily* suggest you pick it up and read it before reading SHAMAN RISES…! :) (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Paperback | B&N Nook)

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on January 1st, 2014 08:54 am (UTC)
I had many similar thoughts, including "She has a head! She has a face! But . . . she really doesn't look anything like Jo, does she? Hnnng.
kitmizkit on January 1st, 2014 09:53 am (UTC)
None of the glimpses of her face ever have (except maybe Demon Hunts) but everything else is awesome. :)
mevennenmevennen on January 1st, 2014 10:43 am (UTC)
My first reaction is 'wow' - how different and striking compared to so many of the urban fantasy covers.
kitmizkit on January 1st, 2014 11:25 am (UTC)
It's *light*! Urban fantasy covers are almost never light! They're sometimes playful, but I can't offhand think of a playful one with recognizeably human imagery that's not also Overtly Sexy--playboy bunny kind of stuff, almost--so I feel like this cover is doing all kinds of exciting things! *beams*
Stephanie Burgis: Northanger shockstephanieburgis on January 1st, 2014 12:30 pm (UTC)
That is a GORGEOUS cover. Congratulations!
irishkateirishkate on January 1st, 2014 02:02 pm (UTC)
Totally thought wow - she has a face and it's so light!

It's great!!
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on January 1st, 2014 02:33 pm (UTC)
Like everyone else, my first reaction was "she has a face!" :) Followed by "Kit must be so pleased!" It's a gorgeous cover.
R. Stuartwood_dragon on January 1st, 2014 05:04 pm (UTC)
I'll echo everyone. "She has a face!"

Lovely cover!
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on January 1st, 2014 05:09 pm (UTC)
I too love everything about this cover except that the woman looks NOTHING like Joanne. (Sigh.) On the other hand, I would read this book if it was wrapped in a brown paper bag :-)

I'm mostly just glad you're happy with it. I'm still waiting on pins and needles to see what my first novel's cover looks like.
S. L. Grayshadowhwk on January 1st, 2014 05:22 pm (UTC)
I mostly like the fact that it's so light, that they listened to you about that part. I don't really pay a lot of attention to what faces look like, since they're almost never right. Light, on the other hand...

This cover makes me take a deep breath, and that's good.
kitmizkit on January 2nd, 2014 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, faces are never right, so I'm just happy she's got one! :)

Taking a deep breath is awesome. Wow. <3
Alix (Tersa): Arwen Reading (tersa)tersa on January 2nd, 2014 05:35 pm (UTC)
She has a face!

(I had to say it--it was my first thought, even before I read your post. :)

Without knowing anything about the book or your thought process until I read your post, here's what struck me about it:

* It's nothing like the preceding eight (she has a face!)
* That's kind of fitting, given that it's the last book in the series
* It also seems to me to fit the title, especially the looking up/out and into the light. Like she's ascending into a higher level of...something.

Anyway. It's deeply interesting at what a dramatic shift it's taken artistically from the previous books (other than possibly No Dominion), and I'm really looking forward to reading it now. :)
Trent the Uncatchableknappenp on January 3rd, 2014 04:12 pm (UTC)
As much as I hate 'me too!' posts, me too. I was amazed that she has a face finally, and I really like the cover. Yay!
silkiemom on January 4th, 2014 08:33 am (UTC)
Yay face! The cover looks awesome!