If you know me, then you know I LOVE C.J. Redwine. I've said this probably about a million times, but she is probably the most under-rated author I know, and seriously deserves more credit for her masterpiece books.
Which is why I was absolutely thrilled when the synopsis and cover to her third Ravenspire novel came out. Because the cover is dark and gorgeous, completely different from her other covers in the series. Are you ready?
Here it is:
Like I said: Dark. Gorgeous. And might I add mysterious, sexy, and dangerous? Heck, if this cover were an character, I would be seriously inclined to make it my next book boyfriend.
Let's break the cover down just a smidge, shall we?
1. So! Many! Circles! You have rings and droplets scattered all over the cover. It's perfect and wonderful and there's just so many cool things to look at!
2. Can we talk about the colour scheme? Dark purple, silver, and that blood red. It is downright mysterious and sexy.
3. Blood imagery. Okay, so I'm kind of showing my background in English literature in my analysis here, but hey, these things need to be appreciated. The silver droplets at the bottom of the ring of silver look an awful lot like blood, huh? Very alien and uncanny. Add the glittering red stones set into the crown up top. It has danger and intrigue written all over it!
4. Anyone notice the rings locked together? And how they seem to be exact copies of one another? Something--or someone--is definitely trapped or stuck in some kind of inescapable circumstance.
5. Also, the title! Who is this backstabbing, traitorous prince? Just what horrific things does he do to earn this title?
Alright, I'm done being a analytical nerd. I'm sorry if I've completely frightened you all. But I can't help it--it's been such a long time since I've done a cover reveal post! And as for the synopsis:
Javan Najafai, the crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at school, far away from his kingdom. He’s been eagerly awaiting his return home to his ailing father, but his journey there goes dangerously wrong. A mysterious imposter has taken his place—and no one will believe Javan is the true prince.
After barely escaping the imposter’s hitmen, Javan is thrown in the most dangerous prison in his kingdom—Maqbara. The only way to gain an audience with the king and reveal the truth is to fight his way out in the prison’s yearly tournament, which pits inmates against a coterie of the deadliest creatures in the world.
The one person who can help him is Sajda, a strong and secretive girl who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive—but she’s hiding something.
Together, Javan and Sajda will have to outwit the dangerous warden, outfight the hundreds of deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan before he can win—in order to fight for their freedom, and take down the imposter once and for all.