Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Hello, hello, hello, Dear Readers! Happy Wednesday - and happy cover reveal day, too!

Last week I showed you the luscious cover art for BAREFOOT ON THE WIND, the Japanese-influenced retelling of Beauty and the Beast which is coming out in September. The official page for the book is now up on my website, too. It's a companion novel to Shadows on the Moon, set in the same fairytale realm (although with no overlapping characters) so because of this, and because it's been half a decade - and wow that makes me feel old - since Shadows was first released in the UK, Walker Books have decided to publish a new edition of Shadows on the Moon.

This new version will have brand new cover art that complements the BAREFOOT ON THE WIND cover, which of course is super-exciting, and I'll get to that in a moment. But it also has other stuff: new bonus content which has never been available in print before, including something readers have been asking me for pretty much since Shadows hit the shelves back in 2011: a glimpse into Suzume's new life in Athazie.

Not only will the this edition of the book contain love poetry written and exchanged by Otieno and Suzume after the conclusion of the story's events - it also contains an exclusive short story which acts as a kind of 'epilogue' to Shadows on the Moon. I'm very proud of this story, and I hope it will be a satisfying little gift to everyone who loved the book.

The new edition is not available for pre-order yet, but as soon as it appears on Amazon/the Book Depository/Waterstones, I will link it, fear not. In the meantime... *Drumroll Please*






So what do you think? It's beautiful, right? Again, there's so much detail here that comes right from the book - the cherry blossom motif, that kanzashi pin with its ominous drip of blood, the swirling hair, the iridescent effect on the font, like moonlight or the mother-of-pearl inlaid in a lacquer box... I think those who've read the book will recognise all of these things with a little secret thrill, but I also hope that new readers will be drawn to it's sheer beauty as well. And here's the full effect:

I hope you all love this as much as I do, Dear Readers, even though it's very different from the original version (with some significant things in common, of course). Let me know your opinions in the comments!


Cecili@ said...

Hullo, Zoey, I'm back ^^
*previously "Cecili@" here, without the google account, dunno what username will appear this time, sorry >_>*

The cover is stunning! *__*
Both this and the Barefoot one, actually. Kudos to the artist.

Since I hadn't read "Shadows" yet, me think I'll kill two birds with one stone and pick up both ^__^

Btw, I saw the words "UK only" on the Barefoot/Shadows cover, just below the price.
Do you think I'll still be able to buy the books, even if I'm in Italy? Can I order them from

Zoë Marriott said...

Hi Cecili@: Thank you! I think you ought to be able to order them through either UK Amazon or The Book Depo, although only BotW is up there right now. I hope you enjoy them :)

Cecili@ said...

Nice ^_^

I'll stalk amazon, then *___*

Jinx King said...


Zoë Marriott said...

Thanks, Jinx :)

Sarah G said...

I loved the original Shadows on the Moon cover but this one is stunning too & since it's one of my favourite books I guess I'll just have to have 2 copies sitting on my shelves! Especially since this one has extra content that I'm desperate to read!!!

I can't wait for Barefoot in the Wind too :o)

Zoë Marriott said...

Sarah:Thanks, Sweetie :)

whispering words said...

Ah I just saw this on another blog yesterday and swooned - Will definitely be buying this one. This cover, along with Barefoot on the wind have to be the most gorgeous covers I've ever seen :)

Zoë Marriott said...

Thank you, Whispering! x

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