Two YA cover reveals were made this week, one for Kristin Cashore’s highly anticipated Bitterblue, and one for Kendare Blake’s Girl of Nightmares, the follow-up to H&H staffer Christopher Morgan’s favorite boy-meets-dead-girl story, Anna Dressed in Blood.
Bitterblue, set in the same universe as Cashore’s Graceling and Fire, will be out on May 1, 2012, and Publisher’s Weekly gleaned these details about the book:
The novel, which has an announced first printing of 200,000 copies and clocks in at a hefty 576 pages, picks up eight years after Graceling, with Bitterblue now 18 and the reigning queen of Monsea. Cashore says the story constitutes more of a companion than a strict sequel. Graceling fans, however, will likely be thrilled to learn that the heroine of that book – the different-colored-eyed Katsa – returns in Bitterblue, as does her lover, Po.
Other characters from Graceling appear, too, most notably (and unavoidably, since he is Bitterblue’s father), the nefarious King Leck, the only character who appears in both Graceling and Fire.
Blake’s Girl of Nightmares does not have a release date yet, but here’s hoping it’s soon. Here’s what she’s written on her blog about writing the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood:
...a few weeks after [a previous project] wrapped, Cas (ANNA’s narrator) started tapping on my shoulder. I’d be hanging around my new boring day job and he’d say, “Hey...hey...maybe this happens.” And I’d shrug. Maybe. And go on about my boring business. Then he’d come back. “Hey...hey...maybe we start out in a car....or maybe a train...or...” At which point I’d tell him to get lost, I’m busy. But I wasn’t. Not really. And I wasn’t that annoyed either. Because once the characters start tapping my shoulder, I know they’re getting ready to start. Sooner or later, the “maybe” disappears. A few days ago, Cas finally told me where he was. And away we go.