Just because, Raymond Swanland :o)
It is my firm belief that Raymond Swanland couldn't do bad cover art if he tried. The guy clearly has the talent of ten lesser artists coursing through his veins which must be the reason why I can't draw at all... Well, that's my reason and I'm sticking to it.
And here's the blurb,
Possessed by a ghost who feeds on death, the undying assassin Ahjvar the
Leopard has been captured by the Lady of Marakand, enslaved by
necromancy to be captain of her Red Masks. His shield-bearer Ghu, a
former slave with an uncanny ability to free the captive dead, follows
Ahjvar into the war-torn lands of the Duina Catairna to release him,
even if that means destroying what is left of Ahj’s tormented soul.
the last surviving heir of the Catairnan queen, rides into a land
ravaged by disease and war, seeking the allies she abandoned months
before, though they have no hope of standing against the army led by the
invulnerable Red Masks of Marakand and the divine terror of the Lady.
the city of Marakand, former enemies ally and old friends seek one
another’s deaths as loyalists of the entombed gods Gurhan and Ilbialla
raise a revolt, spearheaded by the Grasslander wizard Ivah, the
shapeshifting Blackdog, and the bear-demon Mikki. The Lady’s defenses
are not easily breached, though, and the one enemy who might withstand
her, the Northron wanderer Moth, bearer of the sword Lakkariss, has
I really want to read this but although I have a copy of 'The Leopard' to hand, I've never read 'Black Dog' and am wary about doing a big ol' catch up (my life is a big ol' catch up right now and I haven't got any time for more of the same). Can anyone set my mind at rest/confirm my fears...?
'The Lady' will be published by Pyr in January next year.