Hands and feet inside the cockpit
Hello and welcome to the US & UK cover reveals for KINSLAYER!!!one! We did this in two stages last year, but we’ve decided to streamline things for you a little this time, which means you get both covers on the same day. BUT, more blogs are participating, which means you have more chances to win booty (not what you think). Like last year, we have some giveaways to celebrate the awesomosity (totally a word) that are the covers. How much you want to win depends entirely on how much effort you want to go to – if ARCs are all you want to lay your sticky hands on, all good, if you want something a little more uber, you’ll have to try a little harder. Read on, McDuff.
KINSLAYER’s cover is launching on ten sites today.
But firstly:


To kick things off, I’m giving away an annotated/scribbled on/illustrated ARC of KINSLAYER. All you need to do is PIMP MY RIDE COVER
Talk about it on facebook (make sure you tag my author page) or tweet about it. Sample tweet below if you cbf’ed making up your own (if you do make up your own, just make sure you tweet my handle, but not FIRST in the tweet, or only I’ll see it, yo).
The cover for KINSLAYER is here. The awesome will send you blind. Giveaways on @misterkristoff ‘s blog.
A winning pimp will be picked at the end of May. BAM.


The following book blogs are also hosting the cover reveal:
Jean BookNerd
Presenting Lenore
Mundie Moms
Badass Bookie
Book Nerd CA
The Midnight Garden
Book Probe
If you click on the above links and the cover isn’t up there yet, just be patient, they’ll be there soon!
Ok, those of you lovely folks who did this last year will understand, but for the padawans amongst us, an all important question is no doubt burning in your brainmeats: Why should you visit those blogs when the covers are the same on every one?
Excellent question. I have two excellent answers:
First – EVERY ONE of the above book blogs is hosting an ARC giveaway. That’s TEN ARCs of Kinslayer up for grabs. Each site has details on how to enter their own giveaway. Some may require pacts with unspeakable be-tentacled monstrosities from beyond the reaches of space and sanity, others might just have Rafflecopter.
The KINSLAYER uber giveaway
Each of those ten blogs contains a quiz question. They’re pretty easy – you’ll find the answers in the Kinslayer synopsis, or in the pages of Stormdancer. Follow these three steps:

  1. Get the ten answers
  2. Mail them to me at
  3. Win (hopefully)

Now, what do you win in the uber giveaway?

  • A signed, annotated ARC of KINSLAYER. This ARC contains a bunch of little factoids and musings from me, scribbled in my near-illegible handwriting. You will find it ideal for throwing at reprobate significant others, setting ablaze and hurling at tools of the fascist state, or brandishing in a threatening manner at small children loitering on your front lawn.
  • A signed print of Jason Chan’s 100% awesome cover illustration (just the artwork, no type to get in the way of the awesome). Hang it on the wall and bathe in the aura of badassery.
  • A signed copy of THE LITTLE STORMDANCER. This was a picture book I did for my UK editor when she had her first baby. It’s like an MG version of Stormdancer, with far less death and sex. A signed copy of this went up on Ebay for Pat Rothfuss’ WORLDBUILDERS charity last year and sold for near 400 bucks. I’m not sure what kind of a world we live in where shit like that can happen, but yeah, there it is.
  • A signed copy of the Lotus War novella THE LAST STORMDANCER. This is a novella I wrote for release with KINSLAYER – you get a copy free with every pre-order (US & Canada only I’m afraid). It’s set 100 years before the events of SD and tells the story of why the Thunder Tigers left Shima. The only way to actually get a physical copy of this thing will be to pre-order KINSLAYER, so they’ll be hard to come by.
  • The vague promise of a Big Scary hug is we ever meet in person. THIS ALONE is worth a King’s ransom. I give the greatest hugs in the Seven Isles. If you’re a dude and not into the whole hugging thing, we can fistbump and talk about sports or something (this conversation will be brief, and involve me staring at you blankly a lot)

That’s it. Answer 10 questions, mail them to me at, and you’re done. This giveaway will run until the end of May. It is open internationally and indeed, interstellarly.
Also, Tor are hosting an “Evolution of a cover” style article from myself and our amazeballs US cover illustrator Jason Chan. If you want to read about how the awesome was born, that’s where to do it.
If the awesome has filled you with an aching, all-consuming lust and you must have KINSLAYER now, you can pre-order at B&N here or Amazon here. Remember, US & Canada pre-orders all get a physical copy of the THE LAST STORMDANCER. This pre-order offer is the ONLY TIME THIS NOVELLA WILL SEE PRINT.
If you want to keep up with news about THE LOTUS WAR series, follow me on Facebook or Twitter.
That’s it. Comments welcome below. Thanks for visiting!


  1. bwtaylor75 says:

    Of course, I’m checking out Jean BookNerd first. 😉

    • bwtaylor75 says:

      You were right. This cover is E-P-I-C! Man, Jason Chan did some masterful work. You’re a lucky author. I hope the Oni are set free at some point in KINSLAYER. That would make me happy. You know, plenty of carnage and a desperate fight to push them back. Yeah. Looking forward to reading it.

  2. You’ve done it again (well Jason Chan technically)…the dark witchery that are the covers of your books. Why do I have the impression that the opening note is specifically aimed at me? Oh yeah, because last time I messed up the giveaway instructions and all kinds of shenanigans ensued…sorry 🙂
    Ok, so this time round I’ll be buying it straight off the shelves, so don’t worry about a certain someone getting the instructions upside down. As much as I like the Stormdancer series, I prefer to have the US edition (with a cover like that, why is there even a different UK cover? don’t answer that) and I figured it’s simpler to go get what I want, so I won’t be participating in the giveaways. I’ll still be promoting your book like crazy though. If a book counter (like last time) comes out, shout it on top of your roof…well, blog.

    • Nooooo, not at all. i think last time I was kinda unclear on the instructions, tbh 🙂
      Huzzah, thanks for the pimpage! And thanks for the shelf-buy. remember if you pre-order, you’ll get a copy of the Last Stormdancer (if you’re US/Canada based) otherwise, stay tuned here form some LSD giveaways closer to release
      …that sounds illegal

  3. Matteo Furlotti says:


    • Advanced Reader Copy.
      Also known as an uncorrected proof. if the book they print before they print the actual book, just to make sure there are no mistakes and so media outlets and bloggers and whatnot can get their hands on the book early.

  4. @Matteo Um…I’m not entirely sure if you’re kidding or not. But just in case, you might wanna check this out:

  5. Matteo Furlotti says:

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that I really don’t like the UK cover, both for Stormdancer and Kinslayer, but I adore the US ones. Good thing that comic book shop in Liverpool had the US version, I might not have paid attention to it otherwise.
    Kind regards,
    Cocky McFarry

  6. Another amazing cover! Fierce and beautiful.

  7. I love these covers. Both of them. I love your style of blog post. I hate that you did this today when I have 4 hrs to do a heap of work and pack for a weekend road trip in which i now REALLY REALLY want to be reading this ARC.

  8. Beautiful cover!!! Congratulations!!

  9. Tygenco says:

    Tweeted as follows:
    so @misterkristoff has a cover reveal going on: … go enter into it (because I sadly cannot) #KINSLAYER
    Keep on rockin’ the writing.

  10. Jassie says:

    I’m so cracking up with laughter. =)))
    Darn, what I’d do for that best hug :)))
    Gotta love the US cover! 😀
    But can’t wait for this one! 🙂

  11. Pabkins says:

    That was a lot of fun Jay! Thanks for the awesome freaking giveaway. Someone is going to be one crazy lucky reader! *wields big ugly nailed club behind her back in a menacing way*

  12. The Kinslayer US cover is smoking, Jay. I am so excited to have the pretty and read it. But really, all I want is a hug from you. 😉

  13. Matteo Furlotti says:

    Do you know how can I import Kinslayer in Germany? Please let me give you money, puppy face

  14. I refuse point-blank to have an ARC, because I want my Kinslayer in beautiful hardback.
    Jason Chan has outdone himself on both cover, but I’m afraid the US cover wins (again). I love the background; the dragon/sea serpent looks unreal and Buruu is awesome – I love the way he has machine-wings. The interpretation of the sea also looks beautiful!
    But its Yukiko really pulls things together. In the first book, she looked very elegant but in Kinslayer it looks like she’s in the middle of a battle. Those eyes look fierce! Love the added touch of the goggles around her neck, and I love the fact that you can still see her Kitsune-tattoo.
    Seriously dude; that cover kicks butt.

  15. Mr. Kristoff you sexy sexy beast….
    Notice how I credit you for Jason Chans cover. I suppose it is fair considering it is based off of your creative juices. Thanks for a fun reveal process and getting us all excited about your upcoming book.
    I prefer the US version, though I like the color scheme of the UK version. My 8 yr old daughter preferred the US cover as well.
    I just had a thought…Maybe I can get my daughter to dress up as Yukiko for Halloween this year….

  16. The reason why “THERE NO PICS” is because you really don’t want to see a pale, curly-haired Irish girl in a black ninja suit wearing luminous pink swimming goggles, trying (a failing) to be a Japanese character in a Steampunk novel. It’s not a pretty sight; it would make children scream.

  17. Josh del Villar says:

    Mr. Kristoff,
    I just recieved an ARC of kinslayer via UPS yesterday. Apparently you love me. Unfortunately I had to work last night and as a nurse I kind of have to be available to my patients. Anyway, home now and going to read a bit before I go to bed.

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