Tuesday, April 5, 2016

New Cover Reveal -- Mardan's Mark

Christmas of 2014 I was blessed to be among the first to read Mardan's Mark, the first book in Kathrese McKee's epic fantasy adventure series about a princess, her siblings, and a band of runaway pirates. I was captivated by the characters and the storytelling and thoroughly enjoyed the reading experience.  The story is written for young adults (which is a very relative term, but that's another blog post) but there is something everyone can relate to. If you are protective of your younger siblings, if you've ever felt the weight of responsibility press heavily on your shoulders, if you've ever wanted desperately to feel valued or show someone how valuable they are, or if you just love adventure with a side of romance, you will love this book. You can read my full review here.

In anticipation of the release of book two, Mardan's Anointed, the author has chosen to revamp the design of the cover to generate new interest and hopefully appeal to a teen audience.  I must admit, I am a little sad to see the deep, royal blue cover with the bright ivory moon go. *moment of silence for the passing of the blue cover* However, I find much to appreciate about this new cover, as well. And so, without further ado, I present to you the new cover for Mardan's Mark by Kathrese McKee.

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TA-DA!!!!!
Okay, things to love about this new cover:

Overall, I feel like this is a very fair representation of the book. I have always loved the original design with the castle and the water and the moon! It gave a sense of mystery. However, while there IS a bit of a mystery woven through this beautiful adventure, overall it is more of an adventure story than anything else. I love that the new cover features both the main characters AND shows us a little bit about who they are. For instance, Aldan is a pirate, and Srilani is skilled in archery. The scarf she is wearing is also important and hints at part of the story. If you haven't read the book yet, you will look forward to figuring out the significance to the elements of the cover as you read.

In conclusion, sad as I am to see the beautiful blue cover (I really do miss it!), I am excited for this new cover's potential to read new readers and hope that as a result even more people falling in love with this story!

Mardan's Mark is available on Kindle and in Paperback on Amazon.com.