Cover Reveal: The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall

Cover Reveal: The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall

Kerstin Hall

Got the Wednesday blues? Let us cheer you up. We’ve partnered with Tor.com Publishing to share the exclusive cover reveal of Kerstin Hall’s fantasy novella The Border Keeper. Inspired by Hall’s childhood in Cape Town, South Africa, The Border Keeper follows a man on a journey to find a goddess in the hopes that she’ll grant him a favor and along the way is transported to the demon-filled spirit world. Early readers like authors Ann Leckie and JY Yang are already buzzing about this debut. Below we’re revealing the cover designed by cut paper artist Kathleen Jennings, plus we have a few extra goodies for our readers.

 

Are you ready to get a first look at The Border Keeper?

 

You sure?

 

Here we go.

 

 

Holy intricacy, Batman. The amount of detail in this design is incredible. It would certainly catch our eye in a bookstore. Check out this sneak peek at Jennings’ process:

 

 

That’s not all we have for you. Wednesdays are also #OneLineWednesday on Twitter, where authors share select lines from their projects. To join in, here are the first few lines from the novel:

She lived where the railway tracks met the saltpan, on the Ahri side of the shadowline. In the old days, when people still talked about her, she was known as the end-of-the-line woman.

She had other titles, many more, although most lay forgotten and buried now. Whispers of her presence rustled down through the centuries, a footnote here, a folksong there. Rumours. Myths. Yet she did not dwell in a house of bones, or eat children, or carve hexes into the entrails of men beneath the light of the full autumn moon. In most respects, she appeared to be no different from other people.

She had been called the destroyer of empires. Mistress of the dead, the whispers went. But those few who knew better gave her the title of yaWenzta, the border keeper.

 

The Border Keeper hits shelves on July 16, 2019. Read the official synopsis below and then preorder it here!

She lived where the railway tracks met the saltpan, on the Ahri side of the shadowline. In the old days, when people still talked about her, she was known as the end-of-the-line woman.

Vasethe, a man with a troubled past, comes to seek a favor from a woman who is not what she seems, and must enter the nine hundred and ninety-nine realms of Mkalis, the world of spirits, where gods and demons wage endless war.

The Border Keeper spins wonders both epic—the Byzantine bureaucracy of hundreds of demon realms, impossible oceans, hidden fortresses—and devastatingly personal—a spear flung straight, the profound terror and power of motherhood. What Vasethe discovers in Mkalis threatens to bring his own secrets into light and throw both worlds into chaos.

 

Kerstin Hall is a writer and editor based in Cape Town, South Africa. She completed her undergraduate studies in journalism at Rhodes University and, as a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, continued with a Masters degree at the University of Cape Town. Her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, and she is a first reader for Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She also enjoys photography and is inspired by the landscapes of South Africa and Namibia. You can find her at kerstinhall.com and on Twitter at @Kerstin__Hall.

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