Friday, August 24, 2012

Upcoming: FADE TO BLACK by Francis Knight (Orbit)

I caught this as I got in to work this morning, so have only just got the chance to post it on here: the new artwork for Francis Knight’s upcoming Orbit Books debut, Fade to Black…


That is, quite frankly, a fabulous cover. I couldn’t find details on who put it together, though. Anyone know? Here’s what Anna Gregson had to say about the book:

We’d like to welcome you all to the fantasy world of Mahala. It’s a towering city that rises up from the deep, dark depths of a valley.

Mahala is built up in layers, not across – with streets piled upon streets, and buildings balancing precariously upon buildings. It’s a city that the Ministry rules from its lofty perch at the sunlit summit, and where the forsaken lurk in the shadowy depths of the Pit.

This compelling tale follows the story of Rojan Dizon – a bounty hunter who’s grown up in the shadows of Mahala. Everyone knows he’s a rogue, a womaniser, a shirker of all responsibility. But what they don’t know is that he’s also a pain-mage: someone able to draw magic from his own and other people’s pain. Rojan’s not keen on using his abilities, but when his niece is abducted and taken to the dark depths of the Pit, he’ll be forced to unleash his powers to find her.

We jumped at the chance to publish Fade to Black – because the world that Francis has created just blew us away. It’s both awe-inspiring and vertigo-inducing, and Rojan’s tale makes the story just un-damn-put-downable. Think of the murky atmosphere of Sin City, filled with the action and pace of Brent Weeks or Scott Lynch.

Needless to say, I am very excited about this series. Can’t wait to read it. February 2013 can’t come soon enough!


  1. That cover is amazing. I would love to know the artist's name!

  2. Great cover but it remind me of the scene from the trailer of "The Dark Knight Rises".

  3. Just heard back from Francis Knight - the cover was done by Tim Byrne. Who also, I think, did Simon Scarrow's Wellington series covers.