COVER REVEAL: ‘Strange the Dreamer’ by Laini Taylor (+ read the prologue!)

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Hey everybody! I’m guessing most of you have already seen the cover for ‘Strange the Dreamer’, but I was invited to participate in the cover reveal yesterday – sadly some laptop issues stopped me from being able to post it in time, and I’ve only just managed to get up and running again.
If you’re one of those unlucky few who haven’t seen the cover yet, please scroll down…

Say it with me now: OOOOOOOOOOHHHHH! ISN’T IT PRETTY?! I actually think I prefer the UK cover to the US version, which is one of the only times that’s ever happened to me. 
‘Strange the Dreamer’ is the first novel Laini Taylor is releasing after wrapping up her highly successful Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (which I still haven’t read…) but it should be a good book, based on the prologue: 

On the second sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky. 

Her skin was blue, her blood was red.

She broke over an iron gate, crimping it on impact, and there she hung, impossibly arched, graceful as a temple dancer swooning on a lover’s arm. One slick finial anchored her in place. Its point, protruding from her sternum, glittered like a brooch. She fluttered briefly as her ghost shook loose, and then her hands relaxed, shedding fistfuls of freshly picked torch ginger buds. 

Later, they would say these had been hummingbird hearts and not blossoms at all.

They would say she hadn’t shed blood but wept it. That she was lewd, tonguing her teeth at them, upside down and dying, that she vomited a serpent that turned to smoke when it hit the ground. They would say a flock of moths had come, frantic, and tried to lift her away. 

That was true. Only that. 

They hadn’t a prayer, though. The moths were no bigger than the startled mouths of children, and even dozens together could only pluck at the strands of her darkening hair until their wings sagged, sodden with her blood. They were purled away with the blossoms as a grit-choked gust came blasting down the street. The earth heaved underfoot. The sky spun on its axis. A queer brilliance lanced through billowing smoke, and the people of Weep had to squint against it. Blowing grit and hot light and the stink of saltpeter. There had been an explosion. They might have died, all and easily, but only this girl had, shaken from some pocket of the sky. 

Her feet were bare, her mouth stained damson. Her pockets were all full of plums. She was young and lovely and surprised and dead.

She was also blue. 

Blue as opals, pale blue. Blue as cornflowers, or dragonfly wings, or a spring — not summer — sky.

Someone screamed. The scream drew others. The others screamed, too, not because a girl was dead, but because the girl was blue, and this meant something in the city of Weep. Even after the sky stopped reeling, and the earth settled, and the last fume spluttered from the blast site and dispersed, the screams went on, feeding themselves from voice to voice, a virus of the air.

The blue girl’s ghost gathered itself and perched, bereft, upon the spearpoint-tip of the projecting finial, just an inch above her own still chest. Gasping in shock, she tilted back her invisible head and gazed, mournfully, up.

The screams went on and on.

And across the city, atop a monolithic wedge of seamless, mirror-smooth metal, a statue stirred, as though awakened by the tumult, and slowly lifted its great horned head.

If that doesn’t make you want to pick up ‘Strange the Dreamer’, I don’t know what will! Featuring a death AND a mysterious beast, that’s the makings of a brilliant prologue, and I can’t wait to find out more about what the story will entail. I also adore the appearance of the moths, which explains the image on the cover brilliantly!

Thank you for checking out this post, and sorry for being absent over the next few days – hopefully my technical issues have been resolved for the foreseeable future.