Author Jill Criswell on the story behind the cover for Kingdom of Ice and Bone

Today I’m super happy to be hosting a tour stop for the book Kingdom of Ice and Bone, book 2 in the series Frozen Sun Saga. Author Jill Criswell stopped by to talk about the story behind the cover. It’s an awesome cover and it’s really neat beause there’s really a story behind it! Also, don’t forget to scroll down and enter the giveaway on Instagram.

Kingdom of Ice and Bone

Kingdom of Ice and Bone (Frozen Sun Saga #2)

by Jill Criswell
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Release Date: September 22nd 2020

Genre: Fantasy, Fiction




Lira and Reyker have lost everything. Including each other.

Lira of Stone watched her home burn and her clan fall beneath the sword of the warlord known as the Dragon. She believes the man she loves, a warrior who defected from the Dragon s army, is dead. Alongside her exiled brother and his band of refugees, she will fight the forces that conquered her island. But the greatest danger may come from Lira herself with the blood of banished gods running through her veins, she s become a weapon, and no one is safe from the power of her wrath.

Reyker Lagorsson thought he was done being a Dragonman. That was before he saw Lira leap from a cliff and vanish into the sea. Determined to honor her memory by protecting her people, Reyker must feign loyalty to the warlord, undermine him at every turn, and seek alliances with renegade soldiers without succumbing to the battle-madness that threatens to possess him once more.

When the Fallen Ones offer Lira a chance to defeat the Dragon, her quest leads her to a place she never expected Iseneld, the warlord s homeland. Her journey into the heart of the Frozen Sun will put her on a collision course with Reyker, costing both of them more than they ever imagined, and leaving her with a terrible choice: to save their countries, she must forsake everything she loves.



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My cover designer is Kurt Jones at Blackstone Publishing, and he created a perfect design for the first book in this series, Beasts of the Frozen Sun. When he contacted me about ideas for the cover of the sequel, I knew I wanted something that mirrored the first cover: our heroine, Lira, standing tall, ready to face her next deadly challenge.

One of the key scenes in Kingdom of Ice & Bone is when Lira hikes to the Mountain of Fire: an active volcano sitting in the middle of a glacier. This is the home of the evil goddess Ildja, the eater-of-souls, whom Lira must confront. The Mountain of Fire is based on Katla, an active Icelandic volcano in the middle of a glacier—yep, it’s a real thing! I sent pictures of Katla to my designer, and he created a beautiful, terrifying rendition of the Mountain of Fire.

The other interesting part of this cover is Lira herself. I wanted the cover to show how she’s changed since the first book. I wanted her hair to be a little wilder, her clothes to be rougher, her sword (the chosen weapon of her people) to have been traded in for an axe (the preferred weapon of the people of Iseneld).

The end result, as you can see, is similar to the first book, but gives readers a taste of the new threats our heroes are up against in Kingdom of Ice & Bone!




Jill Criswell is a writer of Young Adult Historical Fantasy. She was born and raised in the swamps of northeastern Florida. She earned degrees in English and Psychology and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida. Her greatest passion, besides reading and writing, is traveling the world; she’s visited fifty countries across six continents, falling in love with places like Iceland, Namibia, and Cambodia. She works as a university English teacher and lives in South Carolina, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and daughter (who is named after a volcano in Iceland).



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