This Autumn we are publishing EXIT KINGDOM (publication Nov 2012), a novel set in the same world as the brilliant and beautiful story of the undead, THE REAPERS ARE THE ANGELS by Alden Bell. Here I am going to show you the cover, designed in house by our Tor designer, Neil Lang, but first of all I wanted you to see the amazing miniature moving version of the cover (also created by Neil) on the right. I can't stop looking at it!
At the end of days, what price salvation?
In a world where the undead outnumber the living, Moses Todd roams the post-apocalyptic plains of America. His reprobate brother, Abraham - his only companion - has known little else. Together, they journey because they have to; because they have nowhere to go, and no one to answer to other than themselves.
Travelling the bloody wastelands of this ruined world, Moses is looking for a kernel of truth, and a reason to keep going. And a chance encounter presents him with the Vestal Amata, a beguiling and mysterious woman who may hold the key to salvation.
But he is not the only one seeking the Vestal. For the Vestal has a gift: a gift that might help save what is left of humanity. And it may take everything he has to free her from the clutches of those who most desire her.
Here is the close-up version of the cover:
Older than her years and completely alone, Temple is just trying to live one day at a time in a post-apocalyptic world, where the undead roam endlessly, and the remnant of mankind who have survived, at times, seem to retain little humanity themselves.
Temple has known nothing else. This is the world she was born into. Her journey takes her to far-flung places, to people struggling to maintain some semblance of civilization – and to those who have created a new world order for themselves.
When she comes across the helpless Maury, she attempts to set one thing right, if she can just get him back to his family then maybe it will bring forgiveness for some of the terrible things she's done in her past. Because Temple has had to fight to survive, along the road she's made enemies – and one vengeful man is determined that, in a world gone mad, killing her is the only thing that makes sense . . .
Praise for The Reapers Are The Angels
'An intimate story, in an epic wasteland’
Russell T. Davies
'A literary/horror mashup that is unsettlingly good’
‘[Bell's] sentences roll ... moving to the rhythm of the stilled, eerie environment’
New York Times