Feast your peepers on this, the cover to the Tor edition of Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, which is released on September 16th 2014.
Yeah, I know. Brilliant, isn’t it? It’s by Nekro, the artist responsible for the cover to Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl and the illustrations for the two short stories in Gideon’s world which were published on Tor.com, Work Sets You Free and Business as Usual.
And here’s the catalog copy:
Nineteenth century London is the center of a vast British Empire, a teeming metropolis where steam-power is king and airships ply the skies, and where Queen Victoria presides over three quarters of the known world—including the east coast of America, following the failed revolution of 1775.
Young Gideon Smith has seen things that no green lad of Her Majesty’s dominion should ever experience. Through a series of incredible events Gideon has become the newest Hero of the Empire. But Gideon is a man with a mission, for the dreaded Texas pirate Louis Cockayne has stolen the mechanical clockwork girl Maria, along with a most fantastical weapon—a great brass dragon that was unearthed beneath ancient Egyptian soil. Maria is the only one who can pilot the beast, so Cockayne has taken girl and dragon off to points east.
Gideon and his intrepid band take to the skies and travel to the American colonies hot on Cockayne’s trail. Not only does Gideon want the machine back, he has fallen in love with Maria. Their journey will take them to the wilds of the lawless lands south of the American colonies—to free Texas, where the mad King of Steamtown rules with an iron fist (literally), where life is cheap and honor even cheaper.
Does Gideon have what it takes to not only save the day but win the girl?
You can pre-order Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon from Barnes & Noble, from Amazon.com, Indiebound, (and others). UK readers will have to wait a little while longer for the cover to the Snowbooks edition and pre-order details.
In the meantime, if you’re one of those people who hasn’t yet read Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, there’s a cornucopia of buying options here.