The cover for Kelly Coon’s debut novel, Gravemaidens, was just revealed by Get Underlined and it is gorgeous! Today, Lili @ Utopia State Of Mind and I get to talk about some symbolism inside the cover! Kelly was awesome enough to provide us with some insight about different aspects of the cover, all spoiler free!
Alright, first off, here’s the cover in all it’s glory! It’s so pretty, yet there are little pieces of it that hint at something more sinister beneath the surface and it creates something really amazing.
And now for some symbolism.
Moths: When I saw the moths on the cover of GRAVEMAIDENS, I FELL IN
LOVE. Sammy Yuen, the graphic artist who designed the
cover, just slayed me. I never realized I liked these little creatures
until I saw them flitting around the bottle on my very own cover, and now
I’m looking at moths everywherrrrrrreeee! They’re symbolic to the story in
that they represent the three Sacred Maidens who have been chosen to
accompany the ruler of Alu, the city-state in which the story takes place
in death if he dies.
The crown: The crown symbolizes the royalty the three sacred maidens
experience in the palace after they are selected as Lugal Marus’ maidens.
They experience riches and glamour like never before. Two of the girls are
from the impoverished areas of Alu, so even having nice leather sandals to
wear on their feet is a luxury, let alone the sparkly tunics. Now they get
all dolled up in flower crowns and beaded necklaces, makeup, gold
bracelets, and copper headdresses. They’re made to feel like queens to get
them excited about crossing over into the Netherworld with the ruler if he
The bottle: This was sooooo cool. I had no idea Sammy was going to give
me such a dark edge to this rather gorgeous cover. The shattered glass
symbolizes the darkness inherent to this story. This “gift” of human
sacrifice that the Sacred Maidens are receiving is not such a glorious
thing as Kammani, the main character, tries to explain to them. They may
look beautiful for a while, but if Kammani cannot save the ruler from
dying, they’ll be passing to the other side in the arms of the Boatman, the
skeletal conduit between this life and the next. It’s a grim fate, one
that’s even more grim because it was inspired by actual ancient rites.
Inside the bottle: The contents of the bottle are symbolic of the healing
properties of Kammani’s tinctures since she’s a healer’s apprentice. She
gets chosen to go to the palace to heal the ruler in her father’s stead,
since he has gone missing. The color reflects both my brand and a special
surprise inside the story itself! =)
And now the cover has even more meaning and I cannot wait to have an even better meaning when I read the book! I hope you enjoyed learning more about the cover! Sammy Yuen is so talented.
MORE ABOUT GRAVEMAIDENS AND THE AUTHOR!
So now that you’ve seen the cover, what is Gravemaidens about? Who is Kelly Coon (other than an angel and wonderful human being)? Check out more below on both 🙂
RELEASE DATE: October 29th, 2019 by Delacorte Press
“In the walled city-state of Alu, Kammani wants nothing more than to become the accomplished healer her father used to be…before her family was cast out of their privileged life in shame.
When Alu’s ruler falls deathly ill, Kammani’s beautiful little sister, Nanaea, is chosen as one of three sacred maidens to join him in the afterlife. It’s an honor. A tradition. And Nanaea believes it is her chance to live an even grander life than the one that was stolen from her.
But Kammani sees the selection for what it really is—a death sentence.
Desperate to save her sister, Kammani schemes her way into the palace to heal the ruler. There, she discovers more danger lurking in the sandstone corridors than she could have ever imagined and that her own life—and heart—are at stake. But Kammani will stop at nothing to dig up the palace’s buried secrets even if it means sacrificing everything…including herself (via Goodreads).”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
YA author Kelly Coon (GRAVEMAIDENS, Oct. 29 2019 Delacorte Press) is an editor for Blue Ocean Brain, a member of the Washington Post Talent Network, a former high school English teacher, ACT test prep book author, and a wicked karaoke singer in training. She adores giving female characters the chance to flex their muscles and use their brains, and wishes every story got the happy ending she’s living near Tampa with her three sons, dashingly handsome husband, and a rescue pup who will steal your sandwich.
Thank you for reading!