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From Russia with love

Cover of Russian editionToday, I had the singular pleasure of receiving my author’s copies of the Russian edition of SONGS OF THE EARTH. Click on any image to embiggen.

I have to say it’s the dinkiest hardback I’ve ever seen, short of the BFS Journal. Compared to the German editions, it’s positively sylph-like, yet still weighs in at a substantial 479 pages, thanks to its delicately-thin paper stock.

Shine on Russian coverExternally, under the gloss finish the entire cover is metallicised to give a silvery sheen to the light through the trees. This does not photograph at all well without clever lighting unavailable to a mere mortal with a phone camera and an energy-saving lightbulb overhead, but I’ve done my best. That orangey bit is my T-shirt reflecting in the finish, and if you look closely, you can even (horrors!) see the shape of my head.

Title page of Russian editionInternally, the designers have gone absolutely to town with printer’s ornaments on each chapter head and page number, and in replicating the cover’s curlicues on the title page:

It’s a strange and strangely lovely thing, completely unlike any of the other books on my shelf, and I’m really rather taken with it.




  1. Cielo Schaugaard

    I’m truly enjoying theses books. I just order the third one (The Raven) which will arrive from the UK in a few days. Is there a projected year for the final book?

    • Ellie

      I’m delighted to hear it – thank you for taking the time to let me know! Book 4, The Dragon House, should be released in October 2014 here in the UK, with the rest of the world at about a year from whenever the last one came out in each country.

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