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Cover: Cast in Honor

Posted in Elantra, covers, Shane Rebenschied, Mira.

I know most of you have prob­ably seen this on-line (at places like Amazon or B&N), but I just got the offi­cial cover released to me today, so: here’s the cover for Cast in Honor. Which I love love love. It’s more of a thematic cover than a tech­ni­cally accu­rate one — but when a cover conveys a mood or a tone to me, it works. Shane Reben­schied is, as usual, the artist respon­sible for the final cover; Kath­leen Oudit is the art director. I want to keep them both for the rest of my career.

I kind of want to enlarge the cover, print it out, and hang it on every wall in my home.

As for me, I am on a kind of writing retreat (in Bris­bane, which is as far away from daily respon­si­bil­i­ties that aren’t writing as I can be), and I am going to finish Grave if it kills me. And yes, it means I’m behind in every­thing else, and I’m sorry for that. Also: the begin­ning of War has to be scrapped, but actu­ally, I know exactly why and what has to start it instead, so, that’s a net posi­tive.



22 Responses to Cover: Cast in Honor

  1. Mary C Mills says:

    Love the cover and can’t wait for the book.

  2. Allyson says:

    Love it!

  3. Just waiting for it to arrive…

  4. A wonderful cover with another awesome story inside. Win-win in my book (I am pun‑y).

  5. Zia says:

    This has to be my favorite cover. I am fairly certain I drove people insane when I first saw it. November cannot come fast enough. Hope all is fairly well with you other than the one book that is still being diffi­cult. Thanks for taking the time to post!

  6. DebbieH says:

    Wonderful cover! Counting the days. Hope your retreat is produc­tive. Thanks for all the wonderful stories.

  7. sometimeskate says:

    I did see it and wondered about the huge sword, but then I thought about it and I saw it was Kaylin standing sentinel for the city of Elantra. (not sure what the grass symbol­izes, but it is pretty, and adds nice colour.) I also really like that Kaylin ‑looks- like Kaylin. She’s scrawny. Not thin with boobs, or curves. Though I wonder if cover Kaylin is a bit pret­tier than real Kaylin.

    i have soo many ques­tions about the world, and the people. When I really love books, I always wonder about things that never make into the books, but I’ll be nice and not inflict them all on you. But I keep wondering if Severn will end up being some sort of Big Bad. Does anyone else?

  8. Pewpewkachu says:

    Oh man…now we’ll all be foaming at the mouth with curiosity at what the scrapped bit in WAR was. Or maybe that’s just me…but I’m sure what­ever is replacing it will be just swell. I shall wait with bated breath~

  9. Andrea says:

    This is my favorite cover so far. Kaylin Naya looks like a Halk and her facial expres­sion is broad­casting her grief, and self-loathing that she’s always carrying around. Love it!

    Michelle your not the only one that blew this cover up. I have it hanging on the wall???? It makes it so much more real. Can’t wait to get my hands on it. ❤????❤ your work.

    Without getting too spoilery can you please tell us if the huge sword on thjeanieneprizese cover is that of Lord Night­shades?

    Hope you get much written on your retreat and thanks for the post.
    We worry about you ????

    PS Is Sigurne expert going to be posted soon?

  10. Andrea says:

    Oops! eanieneprizes pasted itself there. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s phone spell checks without my approval. ???? sorry

  11. ElizabethN says:

    I’ve had as my pc wall paper, taunting me for months now. Getting closer!

  12. Debbie says:

    WOW Awesome. Love the cover.
    Welcome to Oz and hi from down here in Melbourne

  13. LenaG says:

    Love the Cover! Is there anyway that a poster side could be made for you fans?? Would love a copy!

  14. love the cover :)

    sample chapter, please?
    its looong time to November

  15. Joseph says:

    I read the excerpt in iBooks. Loving it so far!

  16. SuE says:

    thanks for the hint :)
    I found it on google books — first chap­ters and then random pages .. torture, pure torture …
    Oh wait, I asked for it :)

  17. sometimeskate says:

    I found the chap­ters as well. I hope that someone caught where Diar­mat’s name is misspelled before the paper copies are released. I loved reading it, but it seemed like an awful lot of book to be made avail­able to the public before release.

  18. Elayne says:

    Oh I found it took and got to read most of 6 chap­ters! Fun times! Thanks for the tip. Now for the waiting :(

  19. Auraya says:

    I found the sample chap­ters on google­books. Started reading them at work and finished at home. I got to Chapter 15 and can already tell you that this will be one of my midnight to dawn books. I really hope that will be seeing some of the results of what happened in chapter 9 and 10. Those two chap­ters are fantastic.

  20. Cath says:

    I found these last summer. I started a few books in and went back when I was able to get the early ones. I have re-read them already and what puzzles me is that no matter how often I get to the end of Cast in Flame, I still haven’t found Cast in Honor on my shelf yet. ;) Thank you for all your hard work!

  21. antony says:

    Looks fantastic. When will we have a release date for a kindle version?

  22. Anna says:

    Love the series
    Cover is the best of all .. can’t wait to read the book
    Fantastic series
    Hope you enter­tain us for many years to come!!!

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