For Darkness Shows the Stars: The Cover

“Our ancestors,” Tatiana said, as the sanctuary was plunged into darkness, “took refuge here during the Wars of the Lost. Some already lived on these islands. Some came as the reach of the wars grew ever wider. But all were forced eventually underground. When the Lost realized what they’d done, that they were the last generation of healthy people, they struck out with unthinkable rage against any and all who had avoided Reduction, hoping to be the last ones, at least, left standing over a ruined world.” She blew out the final light. Above them, the miracle flickered to life.

“For years—some say more than a generation—the Luddites lived in the darkness. And then . . .” Tatiana’s voice fell silent, and they all stared up into the vertex of the cavern.

It was filled with stars. From every corner of the cavern, tiny, twinkling points of light glowed, a green so pale as to be nearly white.

“In the old stories,” said Tatiana, “a man built his followers a boat to ride out the flooding of the world. And when the flood was over, God showed him a rainbow to tell him that the worst was over. And after the wars of the Reduction were over, God showed us the stars, and we knew we could come out of the caverns and take our rightful place on the surface of the world.”

But Elliot knew the truth was more complicated than that.

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26 Responses to For Darkness Shows the Stars: The Cover

  1. Jen says:

    Gorgeous! Loving the font.

  2. Wow, this cover is beautiful! And I love the title and description. I’m just starting RAMPANT (it’s been on my night table tempting me for a while), and am really enjoying it.

  3. So very awesome! It’s beautiful. I love the story behind the name too – can’t wait to read this one 🙂

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. JoLee says:

    Oooh. That cover.

  5. Amazing! I can’t wait to read this!

  6. The scene gave me chills. (And your cover is gorgeous.)

  7. Cecelia says:

    That scene is such a tease (in a good way)! Lovely cover. Thank you for sharing it with us!

  8. Holly says:

    Beautiful! I can’t wait for this book.

  9. Alexa says:

    It’s absolutely gorgeous Diana, definitely one to buy in hardback not on the kindle 🙂

    I love the models pose, and the dress, and the font is fabulous. I especially like the pink streak – lovely! Congratulations.

  10. Diana says:

    Thanks, Jen! I love the font too — I wanted a “dawn breaking” aspect to the cover (Not “Breaking Dawn” LOL) and I think they really captured it with the font.

  11. Diana says:

    Thanks, Megan! I hope you enjoy Rampant

  12. Diana says:

    Emily, thank you — and thanks for sticking through the “slow reveal”.

  13. Jo says:

    Absolutely stunning! Can’t wait to read it! Congratulations, Diana!

  14. Ashley says:

    Omigosh the FONT! So freaking pretty, I love it. I’m kind of obsessed with Starry Night and stars in general, so this is definitely one of my favourite covers I’ve seen in I don’t even know how long.

  15. Angie says:

    I love it!! It’s just beautiful.

    And that scene is very enticing. Can’t wait to read it.

  16. Rhiannon says:

    Love it!!!

  17. Lauren says:

    Beautiful! Can’t wait to read it!

  18. Marissa says:

    Simply gorgeous!

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  20. Virginia says:

    This cover is beyond beautiful Diana! Can’t wait to add it to my collection. 🙂

  21. Anna says:

    Oooooooo, purty.

    So enjoyed this series of posts, even though at the end of each of the first two I was going “ARRRGHHHH, more NOW.” 🙂

    And re music…you mentioned a FDSTS playlist. Will that be appearing on the blog sometime?

  22. Tiff says:

    Love the cover art/photo – gorgeous. The colours are beautiful. I’m a big fan of starscapes.

    I’m not in love with the girl (I think she looks a mite too thin and model-y…especially if Eliot is anything like Anne. She also looks kind of like an anime character to me…is that weird?). I’m also going to be in the minority and say that I’m not a fan of the font. I think it’s too…round. I guess I was expecting something more like Janet Fox’s Faithful or something…

    Anyway, overall, it’s a very striking cover. And I think it tones down the sci-fi-ishness…not that sci-fi is a bad thing AT ALL, but for noobs like me, I think the cover draws one in without feeling like it’s too hardcore…

    And the excerpt? AWESOME.

  23. Diana says:

    As For Darkness Shows the Stars has three times as many characters as “Faithful” I doubt a similar font treatment would have fit. Additionally, that is the plainest font treatment imaginable, pretty much exactly the same font on the cover of SSG — is that why you like it, Tiff? 😉

    It’s hardly a special font treatment that would highlight the evocative title, which is what we were really looking for for this one. I’m sorry you don’t like it, but I promise you, it fits the novel perfectly. It’s my favorite thing about it and you’re going to be seeing a LOT more of it pretty soon! This font was specifically chosen to evoke the curves and circles of a compass, which is a strong motif in the novel.

    And models are skinny. What are you gonna do? Remember that girl from the first Rampant cover, who didn’t look like she could even LIFT a sword?

  24. Tiff says:

    Diana, maybe that is why I like that font treatment. I guess I like fonts that are simple…

    I hope you don’t think I’m insulting the cover – I really didn’t mean it that way! Please don’t be mad. That was just my first impression, and I wanted to convey it. I’m really glad you explained why the font is the way it is…knowing about the curves and circles and the compass motif makes me like it more already. I’m sure it will grow on me…and does “seeing a lot more of it pretty soon” mean you’ll be getting a website redesign? ‘Cause, yay!

    I didn’t love the girl on the first Rampant cover either! I know models are skinny, but man…I think I’m sometimes shocked by it. It might also be my computer screen – it’s pretty small, so Eliot’s (if that’s her) waist looks TINY.

    Anyway, I’m really sorry if you took offence. I honestly just meant to convey my own surprise at the cover. I wasn’t expecting it to look like that at all. And maybe that’s a good thing – I hope it will pop on bookshelves!

  25. Emilia says:

    Its so gorgeous I’m gonna have to buy two. One for my sister and one for myself, cause I’ll never be able to give that gorgeous thing to her with love in my heart. Which is the way all gifts should be given. So I will get my own. And stare at it for long intervals of time.

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