The Geomancer


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Blood of the Mantis

Blood of the Mantisby Adrian Tchaikovsky
Cover Illustration © Jon Sullivan
Jacket Design by Jacqueline Cooke

Driven by the ghosts of the Darakyon, Achaeos has tracked the stolen Shadow Box to the marsh-town of Jerez, but he has only days before the magical box is lost to him forever. Meanwhile, the forces of the Empire are mustering over winter for their great offensive, gathering their soldiers and perfecting their new weapons. Stenwold and his followers have only a short time to gather what allies they can before the Wasp armies march again, conquering everything in their path. If they cannot throw back the Wasps this spring then the imperial black-and-gold flag will fly over every city in the Lowlands before the year's end. In Jerez begins a fierce struggle over the Shadow Box, as lake creatures, secret police and renegade magicians compete to take possession. If it falls into the hands of the Wasp Emperor, however, then no amount of fighting will suffice to save the world from his relentless ambition.

Coming May 2010


  1. Clay Griffith1:27 PM


  2. I have mixed feelings about this cover.

    I LOVE the blood red BLOOD. I love the ghostly background behind the central figure. I love the red at the bottom. I love the way the series title is highlighted, although it does tend to cut the cover into thirds. The text font wonderfully handles the bold-font-effect. The part I don't like is the central figure.

    It woiuld certainly get my attention in the store.

  3. Gor-geous cover illustration. Wow.

  4. I think it may be my favorite of the three. I can't wait to have the physical books and line them up side by side.

  5. Anonymous11:18 AM

    Having "READ" the book (UK version)I can say that the depiction on the front of I presume the character Tisamon,then it is exactly how I imagined him.


  6. Love that cover. The central figure is... pretty much exactly what I want out of my fantasy, thank you very much.

  7. Beautiful, beautiful cover.

  8. Thank you Scott for your comments here and at SF Signal. I will be able to post the cover to our edition of book four soon(ish).