Got a look at the finished centerfold by Todd Lockwood for the upcoming Wards of Faerie. All in color and stunning. Been a long time getting this done, but it is part of the promise I made to bring back a mini-revival of the old Sword of Shannara look. The centerfold is a great start. The interior art mapping Paranor by David Cherry is pretty cool, too. Some of it was used in World of Shannara, but we have done some updating on the specifics. Russ Charpentier has created an entire new map of the Four Lands which will sprawl over the end flaps of the book and give new dimension and a clearer vision of what everything past and present lies. We left out a few things for space, but you won’t miss much. The cover art was my idea. I read the comments on the web. Some guesses and speculation about what’s going on with the split coin; some concerns about the choice of image. What I can tell you is that of the story. The struggle for supremacy between magic and science continues to grow. The coin reflects all this, as a few have guessed. But it reflects something else important, as well. I’ll tell you about it when we get closer to pub date (August 21, 2012). The release dates for the books are at six month intervals – August 2012, March 2013 and August 2013. All three books due out in a 12 month period. This may only happen once. All of it. Happy 35th Shannara Anniversary to all of you.