Each week one of the members of The Indie Exchange will be showcasing one of their covers and telling us the story behind it.
This week’s featured cover is from The Destiny of Shaitan by Laxmi Hariharan.
Laxmi Hariharan says:
“As an unknown author, I realised my cover had to be a perfect draw. It had to be good enough to tempt people to take a punt on me—a nobody. My first attempt, produced what I thought was a satisfactory piece of art. It was dismissed by my husband in one sentence “the woman on the cover looks like a fat Bollywood actress” he said, much to my horror. Crushed, I went online, and after searching found an amazing designer based in New York. My brief was simple: to recreate the sword of truth, with perhaps the rising sun in the background; given the epic inter-galactic proportions of my novel, the cover had to be larger than life, yet position the book clearly in the fantasy genre. It had to be intriguing enough in a thumbnail for a reader to download it, and above all had to be professional. The result has been incredible. Thanks to the designer, Peter Ratcliffe, the cover of The Destiny of Shaitan, speaks volumes. Do you agree? Do write in and tell me if you like the cover too.”
Inspired by Indian mythology, The Destiny of Shaitan is a coming of age story, painted against the backdrop of a post-apocalyptic world.
When Tiina accompanies Yudi on a mission to save the universe from the ruthless Shaitan, she seeks more than the end of the tyrant; she seeks herself. Driven by greed and fear for his own survival, Shaitan bulldozes his way through the galaxy, destroying everything in his path. Tiina wants Yudi to destroy Shaitan, thus fulfilling the prophecy of Shaitan being killed by his son. But she finds that Yudi is hesitant to do so. The final showdown between Tiina, Yudi, and Shaitan has unexpected consequences, for Shaitan will do anything in his power to win the fight. The stakes are high and the combatants determined. Will Shaitan’s ultimate destiny be fulfilled?
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