Cover Me!

It’s time to talk about this beautiful piece of art!

Sunder-City-VISUAL

It was designed by Emily Courdelle and Steve Panton under the watchful eye of all the incredible minds at Orbit UK.

I love it, and it looks even better on a bookshelf.

All the details are taken from locations in the book (including some that Fetch doesn’t visit till the sequel) but if you ever end up in Sunder City, don’t try and use this map to navigate the streets. The artists have taken some liberties. Hopefully one day I’ll bring out something more practical.

People ask me how much input I had, and the answer is very little. Orbit was kind enough to keep me in the loop but it looked so good that there wasn’t much for me to say. The first versions were much cleaner and I did make the suggestion that we break it down a bit. When we first step into Sunder, the city is already a shadow of its former self. I thought the cover should hint at the fact that this place has seen better days. They added the cracks, and I was happy. Then they went even further by turning some of the areas black-and-white and now it’s just perfection.

One of the joys of looking at the cover is the fact that it isn’t my work. I can admire it and show it off without wading through the complicated feelings related to everything inside. When people open up the book, it’s all excitement, nervousness and vulnerability, but when they admire the cover, I can just admire it with them, honoured that these talented people would dress my words in such a charming outfit.

6 thoughts on “Cover Me!”

  1. Hi Luke,
    That’s me always….
    I love the cover of your book…. alot particulars…. but what which impressed me was the nordic symbols known as Runes… i have studied the rune, i love runes so much…. they means a lot to me… eachtime i was reading them they said me alot of things….
    I have a simply question for you: Do you love the Rune as i do…or is just a coincidence?
    Here my link to The Last Smile, in my blog….
    Check it and tell what do you think about.
    https://longdariavampysilver.net/2019/07/23/the-last-smile-in-sunder-city-little-news/
    Daria

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  2. So happy that you were able to get the freedom of your own personal choice especially when you are working with fellow artists who are passionate about their own creative designs. I love that the designers were respectful of your vision as you know that isn’t always the case but, as Megan has said before when she has taken on the task of designing a cover for another writer “it’s their book not mine, I am just getting paid to try and make it look sales worthy.” I am sure that is not the case for your book but I thought you might like the laugh. All good things my friend and we will talk soon I hope. Carolyn

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  3. Great piece of art. Makes me want to grab it up and sink myself into it while laying in a cozy chair sipping on hot chocolate. The build up is insane. Again, I’m excited 😁❤!

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  4. Awww! The cover looks so pretty dope and I can’t wait to get this book on my hand. I am so happy to learn that you finally were able to get the freedom of your own personal choice, especially when you are working with several
    wonderful artists who are passionate about their own creative designs, to create your own world! I love that this designs, very simple and clean although it does remind me of Ben Aaronovitch’s “Rivers of London” cover. And I am still on third page of chapter one.

    “All the details are taken from locations in the book (including some that Fetch doesn’t visit till the sequel) but if you ever end up in Sunder City, don’t try and use this map to navigate the streets.” – oh well.. I’m intriguing to see that map. Couldn’t help myself to be jump into this world 😉

    Congratulations and so happy to see new post from you! – Farah, Malaysia.

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  5. That is one great cover! It is amazing how much small alterations can do to the overall feel of an artwork, such as changing a colour or adding a new texture.

    To me it sounds like a potentially nerve-wrecking experience to have someone make art to go with your own art. It is after all an interpretation of your work, and this interpretation can be what makes people choose to look into your art or not. As I guess is the case with all artistic collaborations, it must demand a high level of trust between the creators, and of course good communication. But it seems you were fortunate in that regard!

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