Cover of Empyryon
I have recently completed a book, the first of a series, in the genre ‘epic fantasy’. It is entitled Empyryon, as the series and volume one has the subtitle ‘The Golem of Wacza’.
I am seeking a cover design for this volume.
As a broad overview the book is set in a context in which a tyrannical Emperor (who slaughtered the old king and took his daughter as a concubine) rules his empire with an iron fist. His front line elite force are Hussars, who violently subdue the populace and kidnap male children to be coerced into service as soldiers in the endless territorial battles at the boundaries of the empire.
The Hussars are loosely based on the Polish winged Hussars who ride into battle wearing a pair of large wings, made of swan, goose, eagle feathers, attached to their backs. Historically they were a formidable force.
All the villages in the Emperor’s domain are subdued and cowed by them until one village, Wacza, with the assistance of a hermit, create a golem as a weapon against the Emperor. A golem is a huge mud monster given existence and form by the infusion of human blood. The person who gives the blood then controls the beast that must answer to their commands. The golem hates its creator but is forced to obey. It is immensely powerful and invulnerable. It neither eats nor sleeps and is solely intent on destruction. The only way to destroy the golem is to kill the controller. This causes the golem to return to the mud from which it was made. It may, however be passed on to another in the dying breath of its controller.
With the assistance of the golem Wacza is able to throw off the yoke of servitude and poverty imposed by the Emperor as the golem massacres the winged Hussars sent against the village. This begins the rise of Wacza as a fortified and powerful centre within the empire.
There are numerous plot lines that are woven into the story as it unfolds but the pivotal driving force behind the transformation of the empire is the golem and the rebellion centered in Wacza.
I think that the cover of the book should concentrate on the winged Hussars as this is a striking image. I have attached a picture of a winged Hussar charging forward. From this perspective the viewer is situated as a villager of Wacza under the protection of the golem.
A google search for images of winged Hussars provides a huge range of possibilities. The image I have selected could be rendered on a white background and the author’s name and the book title superimposed in red. This is merely a suggestion.
I want the cover to evoke a medieval scenario appropriate to the genre and not to be confused with a sci-fi theme.
The plot is analogous to Game of Thrones but takes a very different trajectory. Some of the Game of Thrones covers are evocative and suggestive. I think that the setting out of the author’s name as a bold header and the title of the book and the vol. number as a bold footer is appropriate.
The target audience is the same as that for Game of Thrones.
The size of the image is up to the cover designer as are background colors etc.
I am looking forward to seeing the cover proposals, colors, fonts etc.
I realise that only one will be chosen but would like to thank, in advance, each person who submitted a proposal.
e.g. OLIVER D’ALTON
THE GOLEM OF WACZA