It’s been an exciting last few days for Pantomime. Last week I received my structural edit from Strange Chemistry, which is a milestone! This edit was fairly light (whoohoo!), though I’ve got some tweaking to do, definitely.
The next exciting milestone is that I can finally share the cover art for Pantomime! The text is still to be confirmed. I am so, so, so happy with it it’s unreal. It’s my wallpaper at work, at home, on my phone…everywhere. I had a couple of image ideas in my head as I was writing the book, but I’d never thought of having my main character in a mask, and it works so well. Amanda’s vision brilliantly encompassed the mystery, magic, and secrets of Pantomime. Tom Bagshaw aka MostlyWanted has made a truly gorgeous and stunning piece of artwork. Go look at his online portfolio to see more incredible art.
But first, take a look. Is it Gene Laurus, or is it Micah Grey?
About Pantomime, and my first two lovely, lovely blurbs:
R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in its detail but hints at so much scope to come. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’ Robin Hobb…”
– Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury and winner of the Leeds Book Award, 2012
“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
– Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series
More information on Pantomime at Strange Chemistry’s page for the book, including some places where it’s available for pre-order. *cough* Also, stay tuned for another reveal of the final artwork later on!