THE BOOK COVER
Sleighed is a traditional fantasy genre book, though it doesn’t take itself too seriously. I would like the style to be a somewhat traditional fantasy book cover, meaning that a true to life character illustration would be prominent. A less is more approach with lots of primary colors seems best, though I’d certainly defer to design professionals. I would prefer that the character art on the cover include both Sinter and Ti'elle with, perhaps Bo, the dog, included (see character descriptions below). I'd like the characters' personalities to be evident in the art. Bonus points for subtly tying traditional Christmas imagery into the art (fir trees, wreaths, green and red and gold, etc.) I don't want the cover to feel too cluttered, so if there is only to be one character on the cover I would want it to be Sinter.
He is the King of Erethielle and the “Santa Claus” figure in Sleighed. He is quite tall and thin with unkempt straw colored hair and blue eyes. Sinter frequently acts without thinking which gets him into trouble more often than not. He isn’t very keen on the pomp and ceremony that comes with being the king, he’d much rather be one of the “regular elves”.
She is the Queen of Erethielle and Sinter’s wife. She is of average height and very slender. She has a pretty face framed by shoulder length dark brown hair and green eyes. Ti’elle was injured as a young girl and cannot walk. She uses the elfish version of a wheelchair. (More on that below) Ti’elle is far more serious and “proper” than her husband and performs her duties as Queen with gravity and care. Her personality is a good counterpoint to her husband’s brashness.
The magic in Sleighed is packaged into small orbs called Therengaile. All of the magic in the book is used by first crushing, gouging, smashing, etc. a Therengaile. Therengaile glow a faint bluish white and three can just fit in a handful. Therengaile might be incorporated into some of the character illustrations.
Sledges are essentially flying sleighs or sledges without the runners that are pulled through the air by an animal. Sinter’s favorite sledge is his battle sledge. It is pulled by a massive chestnut colored horse named Thain. Sinter’s battle sledge is essentially an elongated chariot without the wheels. His sledge is a resplendent white, with ornately carved and polished silver trim lining the edges of the vehicle. The interior is decorated in the same motif, and includes finely worked leather and gold edged foot harnesses that prevented Sinter from tumbling out of the sledge at high speeds.
Ti’elle’s “wheelchair” is essentially a very small sledge. It consists of a polished rectangular wooden base measuring about three feet wide by five feet long and is one foot thick with elegant rounded corners. A red velvet cushion and back rest sit on top of the base, with the gilded Therengaile chamber and chair controls positioned next to the seat. Like a full size sledge, Ti’elle’s chair has a small harness and is pulled by a female greyhound dog named Jule. Jule is white with red brindle markings. Ti’elle will always be sitting in this chair with Jule nearby.
As mentioned, Ti’elle is always in the company of Jule, a white greyhound dog with red brindle markings. Jule is a very mild mannered, even timid, dog. Ti’elle and Jule love each other very much.
Sinter is also usually in the company of a greyhound named Bo. Bo is a pure grey in color. Bo is a very spirited dog who barks, runs, jumps, and basically makes a nuisance of himself. Sinter and Bo have a complicated relationship. Bo adores Sinter, but Sinter is outwardly not fond of Bo – Ti’elle insists that he always take Bo with him for protection. Sinter is usually trying in vain to get the dog to behave.