That’s right folks, it was like Christmas all over again for me today as the brand spanking new copies of Salamander, hot from the printing presses, hit my desk.
In my humble opinion, it looks totally awesome. I congratulate the printers and the artist, indeed everyone involved in sealing my words into such an attractive package. Colour me pleased (green then).
You probably can’t tell from the photos below, but it has a matte finish to the colour with gloss, embossed lettering for the title (man, I sound like Patrick Batemen going through his business cards or something). The cover treatments, as they’re called, really set off the wonderfully powerful artwork by Cheoljoo Lee, and I am a very happy author indeed. The back fades into salamander scales, likewise the spine which sports a natty Salamander’s Chapter icon. Me likey!
Check out the interiors too, as each chapter start has a cooly rendered line art version of said Chapter icon. Burn baby, burn…
The book itself is also slightly bigger than your average 40K novel, weighing in at a slightly portly 448 pages to accommodate the extra 22,000 words I insisted upon writing.
As you can tell, I’m very, very excitement. I love it. Fingers crossed that you do too.
If you want to read about the further adventures of my Salamander characters as depicted in Salamander then look no further than Heroes of the Space Marines and the short story ‘Fires of War’. You’ll also find a whole host of other great tales by my fellow Black Library authors – great work it is, too.
After Salamander, the next time you’ll be able to read about Dak’ir and Tsu’gan is in ‘Hell Night’, which is due to appear in the short story anthology Legends of the Space Marines. And following that the sequel, Firedrake, book two in the Tome of Fire Trilogy, which I’m planning now.
So far, signing appearances for Salamander are limited to Games Day Chicago on the 25th of July and Games Day UK on the 27th of September. I will also be attending an advanced signing session as Bugman’s in Nottingham on the evening of the 17th of June but this is restricted to Games Workshop Managers as part of a sales conference. If you have a local GW and get bend your manager’s arm, who knows… Future dates may be announced closer to the official release date at the end of August. Legends of the Space Marines is released in May 2010.
For all events and signings, check out the events calendar next to the blog. All my appearances etc will be here and updated on a regular basis.
Check out the pics of the new book below…