What better way to combat Monday Blues than with a new cover reveal? Here to get your week off to a suitably epic start is THE ETERNAL KINGDOM, the third and final title in Ben Peek's gripping Children Trilogy. What does the author think of his new cover? Well, it's safe to say he's pretty happy with Neil Lang's design:
'The cover of The Eternal Kingdom is a beautiful thing. It hints of the eerie, strange world that has begun to rise, of the foreboding that the characters feel, and the difficult conclusions that they will be forced to endure. On either side of them, the mountains that crawl upward, to a bridge that runs between the break that they have pushed through, the path that they have forged, but the bridge is not for them. No, that is for their enemies. Stare at this cover long enough, and you will begin to see other things. A moon behind the water. A giant’s hand. A flood, bearing down on the characters. It is, as I said, a thing of beauty.'
Beginning with The Godless and continuing with Leviathan's Blood, the trilogy takes place in a world where the gods have fallen, but their powers live on in the mortal world - a world on the brink of destruction. The Godless was short-listed for the David Gemmell Award for Best Fantasy - click here to try a free extract, or read on for a hint at what's to come in The Eternal Kingdom . . .
A nation in fragments
On the shores of Yeflam, Ayae struggles to keep her people together. She acts as liaison between the camp leaders and the immortals who could save them. Zaifyr's immortal siblings have arrived - but they have their own unfathomable agendas and Ayae is caught in their power games.
An army on the march
Heast has returned to his role as Captain of Refuge, a mercenary unit that answers the call of lost causes. With help from an unexpected source, Heast and his band of mercenaries could turn the tide of war - if they live long enough.
A world in danger
Bueralan Le is trapped in the company of the new god child. Though he fights to prevent her from unleashing her forces on the world, he is bound by blood to her darkest creation. The future of the world may depend on his choices.
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Praise for the series
‘Epic in sheer size and scope’
‘Weaves multiple threads of the plot together with considerable skill . . . readers fond of open-ended epic fantasies set in vivid, and occasionally lurid, worlds will find it right up their alley’
‘[Peek's] mixture of adventure, politics, myth and ancient legend is completely immersive, totally absorbing and unashamedly 5* stuff’
The Book Bag
‘A fast-paced page turner set in an enthralling new world’
Speculative Book Review
‘Leviathan's Blood is one of the most unique and enthralling epic fantasies that I have read in recent years. Peek's vision and execution are wonderful, and his deft and creative touch with this series a joy to behold. If Peek continues to write to this standard he will go down in history as a master of the genre’