Lizard Brain is a shared blog about Science Fiction and Fantasy from Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.

Tyrant’s Law Cover Art and Copy

by Daniel Abraham

It’s not quite the final version, but it’s close enough.  Behold what the fine folks at Orbit have wrought.

The great war cannot be stopped. 

The tyrant Geder Palliako begins a conquest aimed at bringing peace to the world, though his resources are stretched too thin. When things go poorly, he finds a convenient target among the thirteen races and sparks a genocide. 

Clara Kalliam, freed by having fallen from grace, remakes herself as a “loyal traitor” and starts building an underground resistance movement that seeks to undermine Geder through those closest to him. 

Cithrin bel Sarcour is apprenticing in a city that’s taken over by Antea, and uses her status as Geder’s one-time lover to cover up an underground railroad smuggling refugees to safety. 

And Marcus Wester and Master Kit race against time and Geder Palliako’s soldiers in an attempt to awaken a force that could change the fate of the world.

The Book Formerly Known as The Poison Sword.

So what do you think? (amazon | BN)

25 Responses »

  1. I think it works well with the other two covers, Daniel.

    I may have missed it–why the change in the title?

  2. I like it – WOW! When’s it supposed to come out? And will it be published in the UK first, again?

  3. Nice! Can’t wait to get my hands on it – it’s still set for May, right?

  4. Looks awesome. Have you announce how many books you expect the series to be?

  5. To say I’m very excited would be an understatement. This is my current most anticipated book.

  6. Had it pre-ordered for a while…I think it’s coming May 23 of next year…cool art! I am curious what the remaining books will be titled, and if you’ll do a Dagger and Coin short story / novella for an anthology someday…but first, Tyrant’s Law!

  7. Can’t wait!

    Any chance we will get a new non-traditional fantasy series after Dagger and Coin? I’ll read and probably love whatever it is, but the world needs more awesome non-traditional fantasy. Actually the world needs new awesome fantasy period. I’ll take whatever I can get.

    • I’m pretty focused on how to do these last two dagger and coin books right now. That said, I came to the project trying to figure some things out about traditional fantasy. If I haven’t learned them in five books, I’m probably not going to.

      There are some other things I’d really like to try out. Doing a single stand-alone novel of my own, for instance, isn’t something I’ve ever done, and I’d like to take a swing at that. But no, I’m not married to the idea of doing traditional fantasy for the rest of my career. 🙂

  8. And that is definitely the most bitchin’ D&C cover yet.

  9. Looks awesome. I need to find a copy locally of Book 1 so I can start this series proper (Trying to do the support local bookstores and authors I like simultaneously thing is kind of difficult sometimes).

  10. Very excited…love the cover! Are those dragons I see in the flames? 🙂

  11. Oh my goodness!!!! I couldn’t be more excited. I have got others to read this series. Anybody that is open to fantasy I recommend these books to them. I just reserved it on amazon.

    P.S. how about an audiobook version of the King’s Blood?

  12. My reaction to this cover was a rather loud, “Explosivo!

    Nice that this gets released a day before my birthday. First “Doctor Who” airs “The Doctor’s Wife” on May 14th, and two years later you release this. Aww, I’m flattered.

  13. Don’t think i can wait until May! Nearly done with Kings Blood, what am i to do?

  14. Liked the first 2 books so far. Think the new one is listed on amazon for a release date of 5/13/2013 for paperback and kindle. Was wondering if will also be released in hardcover. Got the first 2 books through Science Fiction Book Club.

  15. Daniel these books are amazing, I can’t wait for may 14th. I am a huge fan, stay talented!!!