Greetings, Voyagers! We are thrilled to share the beautiful cover of Ausma Zehanat Khan’s The Blue Eye, illustration created by Chris Cocozza, which goes on sale October 22, 2019. This is the third in her powerful fantasy quartet, The Khorasan Archives, a series that lies “somewhere between N. K. Jemisin and George R. R. Martin” (Saladin Ahmed), in which a powerful band of women must use their magic to defeat an oppressive dark regime.
Scroll down to read Ausma’s thoughts on this awe-inspiring cover and learn more about the book!
I’m thrilled to introduce The Blue Eye, the third book in The Khorasan Archives series, after The Bloodprint and The Black Khan. As you may know, this is a story about Arian and Sinnia, two bold and brave Companions of Hira, who take on a ruthless patriarchy that has banned the written word and subjugated women. The only hope of deliverance from this tyrannical regime lies in the Companions’ pursuit of a manuscript called the Sana Codex.
The first two books in the series described a quest across the landscape of the Khorasan Archives, where our heroes sought to save a civilization in peril amidst the ruins of the Silk Road. Along the way, Arian and Sinnia encountered a ghost cat, a lost city, a lonely princess, a merciless assassin, primping courtiers and formidable generals, an orphaned boy with a tendency to stick, mysterious manuscripts, terrifying blood rites, and malevolent rulers who were never quite what they seemed. Not to mention, Arian and Sinnia crossed paths with fiercely protective warriors who did their best to waylay them from their quest.
In The Blue Eye we travel to Sinnia’s world, a land of self-reliant women in a place of magic and mythology. Beginning with Sinnia’s odyssey, I’m delighted to share a new cover concept with you that highlights the characters at the heart of these books. Here, Sinnia is boldly braced against the landscape of The Blue Eye, her whip at hand, ready for the battles ahead, letting you know she’s not a woman to be trifled with.
It’s a thrill for me to see a character I love so much make a dazzling appearance on the cover of this book, a depiction that does justice to how fierce and capable Sinnia truly is. It takes a special kind of warrior to stand without flinching against an all-powerful enemy, and to my mind, there’s no question that the Sinnia you see here is that warrior. But there’s also a vulnerability to our warrior-protector that makes itself known as we journey deeper into The Blue Eye. You can always appeal to Sinnia’s reason and to her generous heart.
I hope you’ll enjoy discovering her secrets and her world.
And expect to meet Arian on the cover of the final book of the Khorasan Archives, as Arian and Sinnia’s quest comes to a conclusion that I’m crossing my fingers will make you want to go back and start from the beginning again!
About The Blue Eye
The Companions of Hira have used their cunning and their magic in the battle against the patriarchal Talisman, an organization whose virulently conservative agenda restricts free thought. One of the most accomplished Companions, Arian, continues to lead a disparate group in pursuit of the one artifact that could end the Talisman’s authoritarian rule: The Bloodprint.
But after a vicious battle, the arcane tome has slipped once more beyond her reach. Despite being separated and nearly losing their lives, Arian’s band of allies has remained united. Yet now, the group seems to be fracturing. To continue the fight, Arian must make a dangerous journey to a distant city to recruit new allies. But instead of her trusted friends, she is accompanied by associates she may no longer be able to trust.
Building on the brilliance of The Bloodprint and The Black Khan, this third volume in the Khorasan Archive series ratchets up the danger, taking the conflict to a darker, deadlier place, and setting the stage for the thrilling conclusion to this acclaimed #ownvoices fantasy.
About the Author
Ausma Zehanat Khan holds a Ph.D. in International Human Rights Law with a specialization in military intervention and war crimes in the Balkans. She is the award-winning author of The Unquiet Dead. She is a former adjunct law professor and was Editor-in-Chief of Muslim Girl magazine, the first magazine targeted to young Muslim women. A British-born Canadian, Khan now lives in Colorado with her husband.
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