for the map, i went to the talented jared blando, who magically turned my clumsy sketch into a beautiful map:

- before:

Alhallra_Map

 

- after:

SpiritOfAKyrie_map

incredible!  =)

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- warning: spoilers! -

i’d commissioned the cover for spirit of a kyrie at the same time as the gift stonesthe book designers asked for a synopsis of the plot and characters, so i sent the following:

A young girl, named Kit, discovers she has the makings of a great knight.  Becoming an Elite knight would bring her family great wealth and prestige, but in order for her to become a knight, she would have to undergo a series of life-threatening Tests through the famed knight schools.  She runs away from the desert and arrives at a knight school, ultimately gaining entrance into the school to train.  She learns how to wield many magnificent weapons.  Succeeding in passing the Tests, she sends her winnings back home to her family.  She continues to train as a knight until she wins entrance into Kyrion, the most prestigious knight school, and becomes a female kyrion, a kyrie.
 
Main Character:  Kit – impoverished desert child, prodigious fighting abilities, determined, ambitious, distinctive hair of long white curls

 

from that, they created this first set of drafts:

Kyrie Kyrie1 Kyrie2 Kyrie3

Kyrie4

it was interesting seeing these, since there are no horses in the story and definitely no futuristic suits of armor or metal swords (and again with the creepy floating eyes???).  thus, i asked them to re-do the design, telling them to feature swirling white sands or sand dunes, that bright red is an important color, and to eliminate depictions of people.

this was the second set of drafts:

Kyrie6 Kyrie5

i had them move a few things around, insert the blurbs, and produce this final full cover:

Kyrie7

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SpiritKyrie_FrontCover_9.26.13

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