Mar 2, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday


Witchlanders by Lena Coakley
August 30th 2011 by Atheneum

High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.

It’s all a fake.

At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village produces. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?

But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—

Are about him.


I stumbled upon this via Twitter the other day and saved it up for my WoW this week. The ice blue and the red totally work. At first, I thought the side bit was icicles, but now I think it's part of a plant. Either way....I think it looks really interesting. I love the title too! I hope to find out more about this book and *crosses* fingers I nab a copy at some point...

After thinking about the art work, I decided to email Lena, and I asked her to tell me a little bit about the cover. Her is her response:

"I think the cover really captures the wintry strangeness of the book. Witchlanders takes place in a world covered in frost and snow. Although I have boy protagonists, witches (in my book usually blond and female) play an enormous part in both the world and the plot, so I think the girl Simon & Schuster chose for the cover is perfect. The witches wear red, and one witch in particular has taken a vow of silence, so the fact that the red sash covers her mouth takes on an ominous significance."

You can learn more about Lena on her website and find her on Twitter.

Sidenote: The book on Goodreads is still called The Witchlanders because we took out the “the” at the last minute. Why? Because the designer thought it looked better on the red sash! (And my editor and I agreed.)

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What do you guys think? Awesome, right?!

19 comments:

  1. Haven't heard of this book! But will check it out! :)

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  2. This sounds really interesting! Awesome find!! And I love books with male narrators, since I don't read too many of them. Adding it to my wishlist!

    Here's what I'm Waiting on Wednesday!!

    Jess @ Gone with the Words

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  3. i haven't heard of this book. i like that it's a male main character though. gonna add it to my wish list. fantastic find and pick :)

    Michelle

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  4. That's an awesome cover! I've never heard of this book before either. I'm adding it to my list.

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  5. Ooooh this one sounds good - addding it to my wishlist.
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/03/waiting-on-wednesday-8.html

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  6. I hadn't heard of this one and I totally agree with you, I absolutely love the cover and it sounds fascinating. Will be adding this one to my list right away!

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  7. This sounds really cool! Thanks for putting it on my radar! =)

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  8. Thanks for letting us know about this awesome WoW. I really like the cover too and it's interesting to get the author's PoV. I'm especially interested because it's got a guy as the main character.

    My WoW

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  9. Thank you so much for featuring my cover!

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  10. I just added this to goodreads today on the cover alone! Great choice!

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  11. This sounds really exciting. I love the cover too. Just give me the shivers looking at it.

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  12. They probably figured a girl on the cover would draw in more females as they are the biggest group of readers. I love a boy protagonist! There are not enough of them, so I'm very interested in this. I love how you pursued the author to get answers; very cool! Great pick. Thanks for paying me a visit today.

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  13. Wow, very cool to hear from the author! This one hadn't been on my radar previously but it definitely is now!

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  14. Oooh, thanks for posting this! I haven't heard of this one before, and I love witchy books. And you're right, the cover is gorgeous.

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  15. Wow, I so want this book! I'd seen it on Goodreads but since there wasn't a synopsis added, I had no idea what it was about. This is my first time reading anything about it and I LIKE WHAT I'M READING! Amazing pick this week! *adds to wishlist*

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  16. Oooh, this one is new to me! The cover is gorgeous and the author's response to you definitely makes me more curious. Adding it to my list!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  17. I haven't heard of this one but it sounds awesome. I'm going to be adding it to my wishlist too!

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  18. YAY, another book about witch. I hope it will give us a great story.
    This is the first time I see this book.
    Love to see the cover.

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  19. Never heard of Witchlanders! Love the cover. It's so different. I'm putting this on my TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

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