Well folks, the time has finally arrived. It’s time to make things official.
We’re working on a new book. Yes, yes, I know. It’s quite a surprise. Actually, it’s “at least” five new books, but we won’t get into that just yet. Suffice it to say, we’re ready to draw back the curtain on one of these books, and this one will serve as the relative flagship release for our other books in this set.
These five books are going to be sequels to the Tales of Tellest that we Kickstarted two years ago. As such, we knew we needed a face that was going to be… electrifying… to introduce us to the new stories.
That man is—no, not Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—Bolt Thunderfury:
The protagonist of Son of the Storm, Bolt has already had an awesome story in his life, but he’s got more. This follow-up, Lord of Thunder, is the tale of how he and a group of ragtag heroes managed to save a group of people from annihilation. We’ll be getting the full details of the book to you soon, but for now, we’re really excited to show off the beautiful cover that Leo made for it.
Here you can see the rough sketch we began with. Leo knew what we wanted right away, and there was very little that we needed changed from one form to another. Seeing as this was the initial sketch, you can only tell very basic things, but it’s starting to come together as to what might be causing the mysterious people issues.
Alright, so things are a little more clear here. That big guy front and center? An ice giant. The guy in the top left corner is an avarian, a birdman in the world of Tellest. We’ve got a dwarf in the foreground, who may be a little familiar to readers of the first book. In the background, two more folks. And on the right side, our hero, Bolt Thunderfury.
Leo made a slight change that we ultimately opted out of here. He thought that Bolt and our dwarf looked a little too similar in their poses, but we didn’t mind. We wanted to see that dwarf’s face, by gum! And then you can also see our other two characters with more clarity. One of them is called a delver—they’re the dark elves of the Tellest universe. The other is a haudron, a half-giant. But whose side are they on?
And there you have it. That’s our final version. You can click on it to see it embiggened. We’re so proud of it being the first big reveal for our next big push.
We also wanted to give a shout out to Matthew DeAngelo, the man who ultimately inspired a lot of what Bolt Thunderfury is. His birthday was yesterday, and we’re proud of him too!