As we’ve come to expect from Strange Chemistry, the cover is a pretty little thing, a very sexy and delicious thing of beauty.
We’ve got a pretty red-head, twinkling circus lights before a shadowed crowd, and a splash of big top colour, all showing that Tom Bagshaw was the man for the job.
The font is perfect and the parchment header is a lovely, elegant little nod towards the sense of Victoriana which Pantomime exudes. The half-mask is gorgeous and everyone loves a good old masquerade, and Pantomime promises that in more ways than one.
I particularly like the subtitle: Somewhere, there’s a place for everyone.
Not only does it tease and tantalise, it really does tap into the whole ethos behind Strange Chemistry: it’s a pretty profound invitation, in fact, offering a literary refuge where you can experiment with your imagination—and read a damn good book doing so.
What’s Pantomime About?
R.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.
Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.
Pantomime is released by Strange Chemistry in February 2013, but to ease the wait a little, look out for Laura over on Goodreads and check out the pre-order details for the book on the Strange Chemistry site.
You can find Laura over on Twitter, or at her blog where she posts regular updates about the release of Pantomime and her antics as an author.