FINAL ROUND. All, Congratz on making the final round! I have a couple
1. I am including a blurb that will be my book description. Can you
include a back cover to your design that has the highest rating and
any future designs that you submit?
2. Aside from the blurb I am including a description of the seven
thrones. I am open to you all taking all of the information and coming
up with a cover based off of this... Nothing is off limits with your
covers... you have free reign to include thrones or whatever you think
strikes a chord. Remember my thumbnail is probably the most important
part of the cover.... I like a couple of the current covers well
enough to use them.. but I am open to something that will blow me
away. Good luck!
BLURB for back cover:
Athelia Baudin is a teenager in Epta, the land of seven realms. When
seven new leaders are called to rule, she becomes Queen Athelia. But
with the crowns barely on their heads, Queen Athelia and her young
peers must battle chaos and rescue the fairy Aife to save their lands.
But who among them is true?
Description of the seven thrones:
She gave a start, when her eyes travelled to the end of the hall.
There, looming above, was an immense balcony. It was made of a shining
brown wood, and winding staircases emerged on either side. Words were
carved in the front railing that read;
_“HERE SHALL SIT THE SEVEN”_
Gazing up, Athelia saw the famous Seven Thrones. Each one was
carefully made, each one unique, and each one unmatched in beauty.
On the far left of the curving row, first sat the throne of the Lake
Country. It was literally made of clear, rushing water. Tiny boats of
all different styles, gently flowed along the throne. Athelia could
have stood for hours, mesmerized, had curiosity not dragged her along.
Next, was the throne of the Desert Realm, and it blazed with hot
flames. It was told that those of the Desert Realm were immune to
fire, and the throne proved it to be true. It was a chaotic thing,
with strange sounds emitting from it, and fiery figures swirling
through. It disturbed Athelia, and she was glad to turn her eyes from
The Valley Lands throne was mossy, and soft. It had very little
decoration, but at the top where the tiny figurines of a fawn and a
little bird could be barely seen. It was a peaceful seat, and it gave
off a general feeling of contentment. A breeze seemed to gently blow
the grass blades making them sway lazily.
In the very center was the throne of Ocean Side, made of clear crystal
fractures. On the inside, one could see a miniature beach upon which
wild horses ran, sometimes splashing through the waves. Ocean mist
created a sort of aurora around the throne, refreshing and fragrant.
Then it would suddenly change to a crashing storm, fierce and angry.
The throne of the Mountain Realm was made completely of a dull grey
stone. Simple and rugged, but at the top shone a great red ruby. Its
brilliancy made up for the simplicity of the rest of the throne.
A throne made of clear ice came next. Within it, little blizzards and
snow flurries came and went. At the bottom, artic creatures lumbered
along, some small and some large. At times the sun would stream
through the throne, making the glossy ice shimmer.
Athelia’s eyes widened at the sight of the very last throne. It was
made of many twisting branches, all different colors of brown, and
some of the branches bore leaves. Teeny pixies flitted around, in, and
out. They had built wee homes on the throne, and they glowed like fire
fly’s. Tiny emeralds were sprayed all over, glistening and making
the throne seem enchanted. It was so different from the rest. It was
calm, wise, and yet mighty.
END OF DESCRIPTION
“The Seven Thrones” is a young adult novel targeting a middle
school through high school audience. I’d like you to be creative
with the cover, and I’ll give you some of the key factors I want on
the cover, but there’s one thing I’d like you to remember, it’s
going to be a kindle book, so the cover will appear small on the
screen. If you can make it eye catching from that point of view, that
would be very helpful.
Another thing is that there cannot be a throne on the cover. I
don’t want it to be confused with the Game of Thrones series, so
thrones need to be avoided.
Here are a couple very key scenes from the book.
A hooded figure crept along the wall, as stealthy as a cat. Inky
darkness shrouded him, shielding him from unfriendly eyes. To the
right was the cold side of a high structure, built right into the
great mountain. To the left, a sheer drop of over a hundred feet
jagged points of the rocks were revealed below, veils of mists
swirling about them. Not a glance was given to these, but he kept his
eyes on his prize, which were a set of steep stone stairs. Around and
around they spiraled, right out of sight. Reaching them, he gave a
call that sounded strangely of the wind in a blizzard. Thrice his
gave this call, and as the last sound died away, a young woman
in black appeared from around a sharp corner.
She made the walk, though not as neatly as the man had done. She too,
paid no attention to the fatal fall only inches from her feet. One
foot in front of another, she reached Abrax with a small sigh of
relief. They stood silently together, looking out at the world spread
“Take a rest. You’ve done very well.” He murmured of the corner
of his lips.
She gave him an amused glance. “You speak as if I had a choice in
the matter.” She whispered dryly. “No need to be patronizing”
With a slight smirk, he turned to ascend up the stairs, when a
horrible scream rent the air. Wheeling back around, he nearly lost
balance, but for the woman breaking his fall.
“NO!” he cried. “No, no, no, please no.” Another anguished
cry reached their ears. “No, they’ve got her! They’ve done it!
No! We’re too late, no, no, NO!’
Hurriedly, the woman clapped a hand over his mouth, and pushed him
against the wall. “Silence Abrax!” She hissed.
The pounding of many feet could be heard, and the clanging of weapons
being taken possession of. Men shouted and called, and there were
hard songs that were loudly being sung. Then, suddenly, everything
went deathly still.
She bit her lip, wondering, waiting. Abrax moaned softly. Then, a
cold voice was heard. The voice of a man who was in utter command.
“They are up on the wall. Archers, take your marks.”
I like the idea of this scene for a book cover. It would be awesome
if it could be kept simple, and I also was thinking of the small
silhouette of a black dragon in the distance because they come into
play during the climax of the story.
With a deep breath of relief, Athelia started to go back down the
stairs. Curiosity, however, nagged her. What if she had something in
her throne as Abrax did? They hadn’t said anything at The Calling,
but maybe they didn’t realize…
Acutely aware that she didn’t have much time until Abrax returned,
she darted over to her softly illuminated throne. Kneeling beside it,
she studied it with a perplexed expression. All that her throne
contained was pixies, and most of them seemed to be asleep. She did
see one playing a tiny pipe, but he obviously hadn’t seen her.
Gently she gave it a little nudge, and with a start it stared at her.
Recognition dawned in his eyes, and he performed a teeny back flip.
He motioned to her to watch him, and he flitted over to a larger
emerald then the rest. He played a whimsical tune on his pipe, and
of the pipe came glittering pixie dust. All golden, it settled on the
emerald, and for a moment nothing happened. Then the emerald slowly
dissolved, revealing a small cavity in the throne. The pixie dragged
out a long narrow box and gestured for Athelia to take it.
hesitantly even, she took it in her hands and gently lifted the lid.
Lying inside was a silver hilted dagger.
This dagger is one of the key objects in the story. I had an idea of
a simple black background and just a glowing dagger on the cover, but
if any of you have a better idea, I would love to see them.
So here are a few key points to keep in mind:
-Glowing Silver Dagger
-A simple black dragon -- I do not want only a dragon...
-The cliff scene from above if you can pull it off.
Title: The Seven Thrones
Book One of The Epta Chronicles
Author: Lydia R. Petersen
In the attached files I have some pictures from my Pinterest board
that I liked.
Here are some links to some book covers that are catching but please
do not feel you have to use them in any way..
Thank you for participating and helping me out!