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Daniel M. Ford was born and raised near Baltimore, Maryland. He holds a B.A. in English from Villanova University, an M.A. in Irish Literature from Boston College and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing, concentrating in Poetry, from George Mason University. As a poet, his work has appeared most recently in Soundings Review, as well as Phoebe, Floorboard Review, The Cossack, and Vending Machine Press. He teaches English at a college prep high school in North East, Maryland.

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Daniel M. Ford Hi Adrian. Thanks for your question.

I love the cover art of all 3 books of The Paladin Trilogy (by the amazing Kerem Beyit (…more
Hi Adrian. Thanks for your question.

I love the cover art of all 3 books of The Paladin Trilogy (by the amazing Kerem Beyit (http://kerembeyit.daportfolio.com/). It is true that the cover of Book 2 doesn't quite accurately match Allystaire's description from Ordination. In the book, he's broken nosed, his face is jagged with scars and lumpy. The guy on the cover of Stillbright is much better looking than that!

I'd note, though, that the cover of Ordination isn't exactly accurate either; Allystaire's hammer is a simple maul, and he isn't wearing brilliantly inlaid plate armor when the Goddess comes to him either, but rather riding leathers.

The point of making that comparison is to say that the role of cover art isn't so much making a 100% accurate depiction of a scene from the book, but rather to grab the prospective reader's attention and give a sense of the book and its themes.

So yes, Allystaire on the cover of Stillbright is too handsome. Idgen Marte doesn't wear her hair in that many braids (well, she might sometimes, but the book never says so. Her sword is also long and curved, not short and broad.

But I love the cover because it frames the characters and it foregrounds their relationship, with Idgen Marte at Allystaire's right hand, ready to defend him from a threat he doesn't even see yet.

Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoy Stillbright next year. (less)
Daniel M. Ford I did, I do, and I will continue to play D&D! I even run an "RPG Club" elective at the high school where I teach. If you could occasionally hear…moreI did, I do, and I will continue to play D&D! I even run an "RPG Club" elective at the high school where I teach. If you could occasionally hear the dice rolling behind the scenes in Ordination, you weren't wrong. Thanks for reading! (less)
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“They have chosen to worship power and strength, Cerisia,” Allystaire said, softening his voice somewhat. “I will pay them in the wages they deserve.”
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“Fear of the cost of doing the right thing is enough for most to abide in ignorance.”
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“It is a rule of leading people, Gideon. You may be confused, or afraid, or overwhelmed, or all three—those who depend on you must never see it.”
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