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Cover Reveal Exclusive: My Thoughts on the Covers’ Symbolism So Far
Six months ago, almost to the day, Air Awakens came out. It was my debut novel as an independent
author, no publisher and no agent behind me, and I had no idea what would come of it. Now, six months
later, I can’t believe I’m revealing the cover on the fourth book of the Air Awakens series.
I say every cover is my favorite, because it gets harder and harder to pick. Each of the covers, in their
own way, has been perfect for the book they belong with. My cover artist, Merilliza Chan, is amazing
at taking direction and incorporating my suggestions.
Part of why each cover is perfect is because there are little hints, teasers, and call-outs to the
story within. Without giving too many spoilers, here’s a couple notes on each of the Air Awakens
covers so far!
First off, notice how Vhalla’s sash is black. In the book, the sash that
goes with her apprentice robes is cerulean. This, combined with her robes slowly turning black around
the back of the cover is indicative of sorcery making a mark on her. But she hasn’t yet committed, she
has yet to don all-black robes. The wind in her hair and sense of movement is a call-out to her affinity.
The book in her hands, is representative of three things: her work in the library, the book she exchanges
notes in, and the book she brings to the garden. Which, speaking of, the roses around her… well, if
you’ve read the book you know what, or who, those are meant to symbolize. But I told Meril I wanted something
ominous, something wicked about them. And the thorns going through them were perfect!
Here is the first cover we see our dark
prince on. Fire Falling is named after three incidents in the book… When Aldrik falls to his knees before
Vhalla in the Crossroads, the Rites of the FALLen in the Crossroads for another, and the end of the
book. Since two of the three aspects of the title of the book related to Aldrik it was only natural that he
had to be on the cover. In Fire Falling, Aldrik is beginning to function as a guiding force for Vhalla and, on
the cover, he’s looking over his shoulder at her. He can’t openly admit to their association. Vhalla’s eyes
are glowing orange and she’s alight, immersed in flame. This was done to symbolize their Bond and
Joining. That not only can his flames not harm her, but that he is connected on a mental and magical
level. She is also wearing the armor Aldrik crafted for her.
Now, the symbolism is beginning
to get heavy. Vhalla is alone again on the cover, venturing into the wilderness. She’s almost facing the
camera, symbolizing how she is growing into her own and becoming a more realized person. In the sky
above her is a fire bird. We literally see this formed in the book, but it also is symbolic of a phoenix,
rising from its own ashes. I think this works for Vhalla and Aldrik in their own ways through Earth’s End.
The cloak she’s wearing is the one she receives from Tim with slash marks. The watch in her hand was
gifted to her. And, in her other hand, we see a special sort of magic… Finally, one other note… Carved
into a tree that’s on the back of printed books is a symbol – that is actually the symbol of
Kova has always had a passion for storytelling. She wrote her first novella, a high-fantasy, in sixth grade.
Over the years she’s honed her love of literature with everything from fantasy to romance, science
fiction to mystery, and whatever else catches her eye.
Elise lives in Saint Petersburg, Florida, where
she’s currently working on the next installment in her debut YA fantasy series: Air Awakens. She enjoys
video games, anime, table-top role playing games, and many other forms of “geekdom.” She loves
talking with fans on Twitter (@EliseKova) and Facebook (/AuthorEliseKova). Visit her
website, EliseKova.com/, for news and extras about her
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