Exclusive cover reveal for A Woman of the Sword by Anna Smith Spark

Last Updated on November 9, 2022

What feels like forever ago, Anna Smith Spark asked me if I would read her latest novel, A Woman of the Sword, in secret. Having absolutely gobbled up her Empires of Dust trilogy, I leapt at the chance.

A book that beats you emotionally senseless, A Woman of the Sword is an intense experience delivered in the way only Anna Smith Spark delivers fiction. It’s grimdark at its finest: a small but intense point of view of a mother struggling with motherhood, with sacrificing the things she wants to do with her life to be a mother, of feeling like she is a horrible parent, of life with PTSD, of fighting men and women and they way people treat each other, all scaled against the endless cycle of mass warfare that is the human condition.

Published by Luna Press A Woman of the Sword has a Stas Borodin cover. Stas has been a long term fan of Anna’s, and you can check out plenty of his artwork of her Empires of Dust world on Facebook. So without further ado: the reveal!

The Cover for A Woman of the Sword

The full wrap around is below.

About A Woman of the Sword by Anna Smith Spark

A Woman of the Sword is an epic fantasy seen through the eyes of an ordinary woman. Lidae is a daughter, a wife, a mother — and a great warrior born to fight.

Her sword is hungry for killing, her right hand is red with blood. War is very much a woman’s business. But war is not kind to women. And war is not kind to mothers and their sons.

“No other writer manages to combine such raw and visceral storytelling with so exquisite a style. A fierce and compelling story of love, life and loss.”

Adrian Tchaikovsky – Clarke Award Winner, Children of Time

“This is Anna Smith Spark at her heart-wrenching, mythic-feeling, storytelling best, and completely unmissable for anybody who enjoyed her Empires of Dust Trilogy.”

Adrian Collins – Editor in Chief Grimdark Magazine

“Epic fantasy from the victims’ viewpoint, as seen by someone used to being a victor. Uncompromising and unputdownable – prepare to be challenged.”

Juliet McKenn- The Green Man Series

“Warrior and mother, fierce and flawed – Lidae’s story portrays motherhood as you’ve never seen it before.”

Charlotte Bond – Breaking the Glass Slipper Podcast

When can you read A Woman of the Sword?

The book will be released April 4th, 2023 and Anna and her crew will be running a launch party at EasterCon 2023 in Birmingham, 7-10th April. The book will be released in paperback, hardback, and a special collectors edition signed and numbered, limited to 700 copies. The special edition will include some cool extra content: an essay, a short story, and a cover unique to this edition.

The pre-orders will go live later this year–so keep an eye out for them!

We’ve got a review of the book ready to go, and I can’t wait to tell you more about A Woman of the Sword!

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Adrian Collins runs Grimdark Magazine and loves anything to do with telling darker stories. Doesn't matter the format, or when it was published or produced--just give him a grim story told in a dark world by a morally grey protagonist and this bloke's in his happy place. Add in a barrel aged stout to sip on after a cheeky body surf under the Australian sun, and that's his heaven.