This was one of the cover ideas Harkale Linai presented for Hidden City. I loved it and wanted to use it, but also loved the other covers she presented. It was a tough choice. After much deliberation, I decided to put this image on the spine for the Hidden City paperback.
“Elaina climbed a tree branch . . . waiting for the night to end and bring a ray of hope with dawn; hope that the worst parts of life were behind her, hope that somehow, her future would bring joy.” Southern Alliance
#art #hope #drawing
In this final volume of the Vastus tetralogy, the telepaths have discovered stolen dragons on Vastus and are determined to capture and return them to Mendje. Humans and shapeshifters fear the telepaths will use the dragons to destroy their suffering civilizations. After generations of fighting, food is scarce in space. Remnants of the battle fleets are gathering around Vastus, desperate for its abundant resources. Those watching over the planet are suspected of treason and could be captured at any moment.
Elaina and Davu have been imprisoned in a strange and unfamiliar place that is nothing like they have ever encountered before. They discover secrets that have been hidden for generations as they fight to defend their home against ruthless invaders and assassins. The stakes are high as each species looks to this young warrior and her dragon to vanquish their enemies and bring closure to endless war.
Planet of Origin: Mendje
Adult Weight: About 90 Kg
Adult Wingspan: About 7 M
Flight Speed: 350 km/hr
Characteristics: Hravdeth are carnivorous, reptilian birds with good maneuverability. Horns line the leading edge of their wings. They also have horns on top of their head. The can become animal wraiths.
Artwork by: @Harkale_Linai
“A flock of enormous birds circled Endre, swooping down then shooting back into the sky, like a murky waterfall, flowing through the clouds.”