This isn't the final artwork, but I see that Simon and Schuster now has it posted on their website, so I don't see any reason to keep it under wraps any longer. The new cover features Burke the Machinist reflected in the eye of a black-hided sun-dragon. Hmmm... who could it be?
And, yeah, that's a blunderbuss style shotgun he's get resting on his shoulder. The balance of power is about to shift in the human/dragon war... unless the dragons somehow manage to kill the first human to point a gun at them, steal the weapon, and have a clever biologian reverse engineer the technology. But what are the odds of THAT happening?
I'm a little surprised that Burke is looking up at the sky instead of at the dragon standing right in front of him. Then again, I do describe him as being nearsighted and needing glasses, and he's not wearing his glasses in this picture. Perhaps his eyes are even worse than I had imagined. (Just to be clear, I'm not griping about the missing glasses or the skyward peering pose. I think Burke looks terrific in this shot. Artist Michael Komarck has really captured the essense of Burke, who I regard as the true hope of mankind in the Dragon Age.)
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I'm James Maxey, author of fantasy and science fiction. My novels include the science fantasy Bitterwood Saga (4 books) the Dragon Apocalypse Saga (4 books), numerous superhero novels including Nobody Gets the Girl and the Lawless series, the steampunk Oz sequel Bad Wizard, and my short story collections, There is No Wheel and Jagged Gate. This website is focused exclusively on writing. At my second blog, Jawbone of an Ass, I ramble through any random topic that springs to mind, occasionally touching on religion and politics and other subjects polite people are sensible enough not to discuss in public. If you'd like to get monthly updates on new releases, as well as preview chapters and free short stories, join my newsletter!