COVER CLOSEUP: ORCS

My dear buddy, Amalia Dillin, has another book out soon! It is called Honor Among Orcs and doesn't it look fabulous all here on my blog? The font especially appeals to me because it is a really nice serif, but the author name itself is in a sans serif telling you this is a new twist on an establish genre. Guess what! I don't just make this stuff up! It actually totes is. It's an epic fantasy with a new adult twist, taking inspiration from the fantasy greats, and adding a wonderful strong and complicated girl main character. Let's take a look at the blurb:

"After nearly a decade as the king’s whipping-girl, Princess Arianna has no intention of going quietly into marriage to some treasonous noble, or serving obediently as the king’s spy until her death is more convenient. When she discovers a handsome orc, chained and trapped inside a magic mirror, Arianna cannot help but see a lasting freedom from her father's abuse.

Left to rot inside a mirror by the king, Bolthorn never imagined his prayers would be answered by a princess. Nor did he ever expect to meet so worthy a woman after knowing her father’s cruelty. He needs her help to escape the mirror before the king marches against the orcs, but all he can offer Arianna is ice and darkness in exchange for her aid.

If Arianna can free the monster behind the glass, perhaps she might free herself, as well. But once they cross the mountain, there will be no return, and the deadly winter is the least of what threatens them on the other side."

Amalia herself has admitted Honor Among Orcs was a surprise to write but can I just say to be sent the words as they formed was actually the most fabulous surprise that has ever happened to me so, um, yes. When she sent it to me she was all like, "lol, this is just some fun I am having no need to publish I love writing wooop" and I was all:
And Amalia was all "that's good?" because nobody had actually asked me that but even still despite that fact inside I was all:
Because I had fallen in love with this story about a Princess who finds out what happens after the big escape and how the world is a very difficult place to live in even if you find love. I had fallen in love with a story never to be published. Naturally, being British, all this emotion sort of swelled up inside of me until finally, one day, just completely out of the blue, I snapped, and was all like "um, Amalia, sorry to bother you? I just wanted to say I love your book. I mean, um, sorry. What am I doing? This is so rude. Forget I exist. I apologise profusely for that, btw" and this to be honest probably resulted in nothing but eventually, eventually, when Amalia announced she was going to make it a thing I was just so happy. I had to hide it, of course, and act natural, but I could not be more thrilled that this book is a thing.
From inception to this moment right here it has been a joy to get to read! I really hope you love it as much as I do. What do you think of the font? Do you not love the silvery effect of the letters?
 

Don't forget to add it on Goodreads, and you can learn more about the series (yes! it's  going to be a series!) at www.amaliadillin.com. It comes out on April 1, 2014. Isn't that fabulous?