Posted: February 24th, 2012 under artwork, Bookstore Event, Echoes of Betrayal.
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Terie Garrison sent me this image of Echoes of Betrayal alongside its siblings on a shelf in Waterstones, Arndale Centre, Manchester City Centre, UK.

That crossbow looks like it’s coming right out of the cover, doesn’t it?


  • Comment by Daniel Glover — February 24, 2012 @ 3:31 pm


    6 quid! Hope you are getting a bigger royalty payment from this side of the pond Ms. Moon. I paid a lot more even considering the exchange rate. It’s worth every penny. Just hope you are getting a good chunk of it.

  • Comment by Abbie — February 24, 2012 @ 4:16 pm


    Great Cover! I just received mine today…TGIF!

  • Comment by SAMKHOME — February 24, 2012 @ 5:36 pm


    I like their cover better.

  • Comment by James Hodges — February 24, 2012 @ 7:50 pm


    I absolutely love your books especially those set in the world of Paksenarrion and Gird. I really hope you put out more books following The Paladin’s Legacy. They are excellent reads and I own them all. I am looking forward to anything else you put out there for us to enjoy.

  • Comment by Richard — February 25, 2012 @ 5:03 am


    the UK edition is (large) paperback, so more of us get to enjoy Elizabeth’s work sooner.

  • Comment by Terie Garrison — February 25, 2012 @ 7:57 am


    Daniel, as Richard said above, the UK edition is a trade paperback, not a hardback. Also, the £5.99 is a special offer at Waterstones. The RRP is £7.99, which converts to $12.68 at today’s exchange rate.

  • Comment by Daniel Glover — February 25, 2012 @ 9:15 am


    That’s what I got my Serrano series in. 🙂 Only thing I could find now for that series. Do like the covers. May have to get a flight over there just to buy a second set. 😉

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 25, 2012 @ 1:27 pm


    I find the difference in cover design (and the changes over time in each country) fascinating and sometimes amusing.

  • Comment by Kathleen — February 25, 2012 @ 2:51 pm


    I continue to believe the UK got better covers than the US did.

  • Comment by iphinome — February 25, 2012 @ 7:13 pm


    Does Canada get the UK edition?

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 25, 2012 @ 11:05 pm


    No, Canada gets the US edition because North America is considered one English-language market.

  • Comment by din — February 27, 2012 @ 4:03 am


    looks like the king (oath of fealty) is about to get a sword in the back of his head (kings of the north)

  • Comment by Richard — February 27, 2012 @ 6:27 am


    It looks almost as though the king (of the north) is about to use his sword as a golf iron. Does that mean he’ll slice the ball?

  • Comment by Sharidann — February 27, 2012 @ 6:36 am


    I got the other edition ( with the Dragon on cover). Real Hardcover.

    But I must admit, the Crossbow cover is sweet.

  • Comment by gadget — February 27, 2012 @ 3:09 pm


    I must concur that the U.K. gets the better covers. Kings looked a little too much like a sordid romance cover.

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 27, 2012 @ 3:44 pm


    gadget: Ah, but the Oath cover was gorgeous! Kieri was supposed to have a beard in Kings–not sure why that didn’t happen, but when I added even a crude beard using my inadequate software, it quit looking romance-like. I like the UK covers too, but (perhaps because I like color) the Oath cover really stands out.

  • Comment by Jonathan Schor — February 28, 2012 @ 12:02 pm


    The cover on the Compact Disc edition is the dragon roasting some poor fellow. I am through Disk Four. Jennifer Van Dyck does the reading and does an excellent job.

  • Comment by Kip Colegrove — February 28, 2012 @ 8:59 pm


    I like the North American covers from a display point of view–the white background is well balanced with the colorful artwork and bright enough to draw the eye on a crowded shelf. But from a military history and equipment point of view I like the British covers.

    BTW, glad to hear the hardcover is being reprinted so soon. Got my copy on my birthday. Devoured it with shameless avidity.

  • Comment by elizabeth — February 29, 2012 @ 12:22 am


    Jonathan–that’s the US cover for the book. Dragon roasting someone.

    Kip–since one of my friends builds period crossbows, I sent Orbit UK pictures from his catalog and some pictures my friend suggested of crossbows in use. (New World Arbalest; link on the Links page here.)

  • Comment by neongrey — February 29, 2012 @ 3:33 am


    I’m jealous of the people getting deals on this. I had to pay over thirty bucks (Canadian) for it.

    Well, it’s a good birthday present to myself, at least. 🙂

    Great read, and thanks for being so very consistent with the releases. I love being able to trust that there’ll be a new one each year. 🙂

  • Comment by Richard — February 29, 2012 @ 12:34 pm


    That’s not the flame that obliterated a whole Pargunese cohort in an instant: it is just Dragon’s tongue extended for someone to touch (who the someone is belongs in spoilerspace). It is easy enough to write that someone does touch it, but would you?

  • Comment by karen — April 28, 2012 @ 9:54 am


    I love Paks and continue to enjoy all the novels you have written, but Please, it’s time to close this section of this story. As in the Deeds of Pasenarrion, you were able to bring that section to a wonderful end. I looked forward to each new release date for Oath of Fealty, Kings of the North, and Echoes of Betrayal. Now I have to wait another year for and new “installment” Not cool. How many more????

  • Comment by elizabeth — April 28, 2012 @ 10:43 am


    Karen: I’m sorry you’ve missed the several announcements that this is a five volume group. And I’m sorry you find five volume groups not cool. This is a bigger story, for reasons previously explained, and will just barely fit into five volumes. Stories of this scope with multiple viewpoint characters are inevitably longer than less encompassing stories with a single viewpoint. Some readers prefer one; some prefer the other. Limits of Power, the fourth, is with the editor now, and I’m drafting the last. It is would not have been possible to cram the whole story into fewer volumes without making it a summary rather than a true story.

  • Comment by mae cox — April 28, 2012 @ 11:52 am


    I swore(!) & woke my poor husband up out of a sound sleep when I came to the end of ECHOES OF BETRAYAL & reali
    zed it just STOPPED, rather than ended!! This is as bad as the end of The Girl Who Played With Fire – what a cliff-hanger!! I’ve never gone on anybody’s site before, because I’m really a Luddite, so this shows you how upset I was. I’ve only read your Paksenarrion – related books, but I REALLY enjoy them (Hence reading late in bed!)& will endure as patiently as possible untill those next two volumes come out. I quite enjoy the complexity involved in writing multiple volumes – as long as I REALIZE that’s what’s going on – which the book jacket did NOT explain. May you never run out of inspiration!

  • Comment by elizabeth — April 28, 2012 @ 2:18 pm


    Mae: Sorry you didn’t know there were five volumes. Publishers, for whatever reason, do not usually put the volume/total number on the book itself or in their advertising. I had been posting about the number in this group in multiple venues for a couple of years now…but if you’ve avoided internet sites where I posted, then…you didn’t get the word.

    The middle of any story–however short or long–will feel abruptly-ended by itself. Those people who read the original Deed as it came out in three volumes were not happy with the ending of Divided Allegiance and complained bitterly. But in that instance, I had written the whole thing before it sold, so the last volume came out sooner after the second. There is an internal arc in Echoes, which was supposed to give some ease without ruining the long arc across all five, but readers vary in how they feel that balance (or imbalance) of tension. Writing as fast as I can now, I simply can’t do a volume of this group in less than a year…so that’s the gap between them. The next volume, Limits of Power, is with the publisher now, and I’m working on the last.

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