Megan E O’Keefe‘s brilliant full-length debut, Steal the Sky has been described as The Lies of Locke Lamora on giant sands dunes with exploding airships, and it has us all aquiver. Luckily, you fine folks won’t have to wait too long to grab yourself a copy, as Steal the Sky will hit all good outlets January 2016.

Here’s the synopsis:

Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet – the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful – there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

We’ve received the gorgeous cover image by artist Kim Sokol and handed it over to our friends over at the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog who were were kind enough to showcase not only the cover artwork but the story of getting the cover from initial draft to the finished product. Make sure to head over to see initial sketches, quotes from Kim, Megan and our American man-on-the-ground Mike, plus see the cover in its entirety.

Just click on the initial sketch teaser image to be taken to the full reveal.

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