Cover art: © Ilse Gort
Cover design and logo by: Sylvia Bi & April Ward
It's HERE! The GORGEOUSLY STUNNING cover!
Honestly, I've had this beauty on my computer for months and months, but I've had to wait until TODAY to share it with the world (publishing rules are that an author waits until the book is available for preorder before the cover is revealed).
My official cover reveal was with the awesome Mixed up Files blog, and it includes an interview with me and the extraordinarily talented illustrator, Ilse Gort. You can check out the reveal and full interviews here, but I wanted to share the first question:
Q: Tell us about the characters we see in this beautiful cover art.
A: Yay, I’m so happy to introduce you to them! My story has four main characters, each with their own POV chapters, and I’m so thrilled they all made it onto the cover.
Blue is a stable boy who is later transformed into a dragon in order to save the world. The book begins with his story, which is where the title, Dragonboy, comes from. He’s a young, teenage dragon who hasn’t yet lost his feathers (I mean, how cute is that?)! He’s very sweet, shy, and has a bit of a struggle adjusting to his new life as a dragon.
River is a (very reluctant!) dragon rider, who happens to be super afraid of heights. Her lifelong dream was to become the Lead Harvester (magic gardener) for her village, but that was all ruined when she was accidentally chosen as Blue’s rider. River is incredibly clever, confident, and tends to take things a bit too seriously.
Wren is kind, curious, and… a little clumsy sometimes. She’s a magic human who is supposed to be bound to her Magic companion (note the little purple cloud of light on the cover), but she forgets the words to the binding spell, and her Magic runs away! Naturally, this gets her into all kinds of trouble, including traveling to the Mainland–enemy territory–to find it. It’s probably worth noting that Wren’s Magic is a character all its own. It has a spunky personality and causes all kinds of trouble–but it’s also super adorable.
Shenli is a Mainlander (a direct enemy of Wren’s people) who is taught to hate all things magic and dragons. He’s 50% charming, 50% cranky, and his family seems to be saddled with never-ending bad luck. He is a soldier boy with many secrets, and he’d do anything to save his mother and little sisters–including partnering with Wren in order to prevent a war. The question is–where do his true loyalties lie?