Book Title: ShadowGod and the Age of Kings
(“A portrayal of the life of King David.” in much smaller letters.)
Guerre: Christian fiction.
Author: Dean. M. Kratzmeyer
Age range: Twelve years and older. Adult.
This is a cover for a book entitled
“ShadowGod and the Age of Kings.” I am hoping that I can use it for both a printed paperback book and an ebook.
The book is what might be classified as a Historical and Biblical fiction. It would be general fiction as well as fantasy as it includes a great deal of mystical and fantasy elements.
It surrounds the life of King David. But it is not just another rewriting of David’s life but rather it encompasses the theme of Messiah and the first introduction to his predicted appearance on earth. That appearance is said to come through the Hebrew people.
Ancient prophecies from among the Hebrew people predict both his first appearance as well as his second. The book constructs a fantasy or mystical realm where the powers of darkness first begin their efforts of preventing the fulfillment of this predicted appearance. This struggle is personified with real life like characters in the dark realm being depicted striving to prevent the enviable. They try to stop the nation from forming in it’s early stages and thus the great struggle begins.
All of this centers around a young prophet whose name is Nathan. The theme of the story is the life of David as it prefigures the Messiah.
So far as the book cover itself, I would like it to include a depiction of the young prophet in black cloak with staff in hand. In front of him on a stone table lays an ancient book perhaps coming out of the cover to some degree. The viewer would see the book laying flat on the table before the prophet The end of the book might show some of the detail however of the ties that were used then leather strings and such. I am open to the artists ideas here. The viewer will be looking on from the front perspective. If more of the open book could show that would be nice. The prophets left hand is on the book and his right is holding his staff. This part of the cover might need a dark background but it will fade into light above it where the king will be shown.
The side of the prophets hood is blowing over softly and some of his hair which is long might be blowing across his face. This in my mind would in the slightest way symbolize the movement of the books sweeping across time.
He is young and his eyes are a deep blue, thoughtful and perhaps with a touch of melancholy. Perhaps his face is tilted down but his eyes are looking upward.
In his background I would like fading up from that scene perhaps King David on a horse and vest with crowd and sword. Not too British looking as this predates anything like that. Just behind him is either the ancient city of Jerusalem or a fairly good sized army of warriors or if possible both. If I am trying for too much, leave out the army of warriors at least. I don’t want the cover to looked crammed.
In the upper left hand corner would be a vertical arc of light with maybe just the slightest transparent figure of white, who would depict Messiah. This would need to be fairly prominent but secondary to the prophet and the book.
I would like it to continue on the back cover but there on just the upper several inches of the top, a battle scene between, good powers and evil.
Ha-Satan is an important character in the book so a sinister shadowy face above this looking down might add much to the idea.. This would not require a lot of detail, yet not at all just shadows or anything like that.
I would like room left for a synapsis of the book which would take up all the center back leaving just a small amount of room at the bottom for an authors bio.
Hopefully the book cover will give perspective buyers an understanding that the book in not just another rehash of the life of King David. It should immediately convey the fantasy elements so if I need to have the evil and good character on front instead, well I am open to ideas. The idea of the book springing from “ancient prophecies” is important as well and the open book on the cover, an ancient looking book opened up would greatly convey this idea to me. The most important thing to carry over to buyers is the mystical element.
The book will be in the six by nine format and I would like to have the title on the spine as well as on the cover. Authors name on the bottom of front cover. In much smaller letters below the title it is very important to have this included. “A portrayal of the life of King David.”
Colors are very important to me and I prefer reds and blacks with some underlying blue but certainly not confined to just these colors.
Something that depicts heavier moods and yet not forlorn. I love shadows when possible or if possible as well as beams of light.
Fonts would need to be something consistent with an ancient depiction and story. They are many of those so the artist can use what he or she feels would compliment the cover the most.
I would be very open to artist ideas.