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Book Info

Author's Name

Alexander Tempest-Knight


531 years have passed since Aulis, the dwarves' most revered hero, defeated the Demon Lord, and the demons were defeated. In the years following that great conflict, evil has crept back into the world.

Now the demons are ready to strike once again. The demons assault the dwarves. Assassins strike at the elven queen. Orc mercenaries lay siege to the humans. And an ancient evil escapes from hell itself.

In these dark times, the most unlikely heroes rise to take up the sword -- or, as the case may be, the axe -- to fight against the evil hordes. The young dwarf Jani, last of Aulis' line, may be the only one who can lead the dwarves to victory....

Size Info

Trim size: 6" x 9",
Page count: 292,
Interior type: Black and White,
Page color: Cream,
Spine width: 0.73"

Target Audience

Who are your readers?

Fantasy and science-fiction enthusiasts; nerds; metalheads.

What 3 things would you like to communicate to your readers with this design?

1. This book is about the triumph of integrity over sensuality.
2. When in battle, strength, honour, and the will to fight are more important than numbers.
3. Dwarves are AWESOME.

Style and Content

What colors do you want to see in your design?

For the heroes: colours that indicate might, strength, honour, integrity, and battle-readiness.

For the villains (if you choose to include them): colours that indicate sinister intent, vileness, the warping of virtue into vice, coldness, stirility.

What colors do you NOT want to see in your design?

Anything that would run counter to the book's messages (the book is intended to convey that right must triumph over wrong, though the cost may be very great, and the forces of evil may be very powerful).

Describe the style(s) you like (traditional, modern, etc.)

This is intended to be the artwork for the first volume of a fantasy novel. I would like the design to resemble a metal album cover, since despite its serious nature, the book still has a fantastic edge to it.

For inspiration, I have provided these links (NOTE: some of them have been shortened with tinyurl.com):
http://tinyurl.com/oallnff (NOTE: despite the fact that these orcs are fighting goblins, the dwarves and orcs in my story get along just fine; this is simply an example of the mood I would like).
http://tinyurl.com/qdr65e6 (NOTE: female dwarves in my story look somewhat like this (thye look like actual women, and lack beards), though mine dress like a peasant woman would, and are shorter than the 5'1" indicated).

What content must be included in your design?

One thing all designs must include is a black-skinned, black-haired, dwarf (complete with black beard and moustache) in beige clothing (tunic, pants, and moccasins) wielding a two-handed, double-bladed axe since that is a description of the main character.

SUBTITLE: Act I: Thunderous Souls

-- The dwarves of my book are LEFT-handed.
-- The lover of the main character, should you choose to include her, is white-skinned (in contrast to his black skin), wears a brown, full-length, sleeveless dress, moccasins, and has red hair drawn into a ponytail.
-- Please, please, PLEASE, no fanservice. Though written for adults, the book has Christian themes to it.



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