Today, I am joining a number of other bloggers to show off the new cover for Imbued, the upcoming book by Helena L. Clove.

If you recall, I previously read Helena's book Skylark In The Fog and loved it, so I was really pleased that she got in touch to ask if I wanted to be involved with the cover reveal for her new book, Imbued.

If you don't know Helena L. Clove, she is a science-fiction/fantasy novelist, and a lover of all types of storytelling, hot comfort drinks, and a universe full of stars. She was born in Hungary and raised in a small village a few miles off the shores of Lake Balaton. She was often described by her teachers as someone always having “her head in the clouds”, and she spent the first fifteen years of her life mostly consuming books from her parents’ home library, watching some great 90’s sci-fi shows, and working on her eclectic music taste. After several arduous years of obtaining her astrophysics degree, she currently lives in France with her small family of a wonderful boyfriend and Puddle, the tortoiseshell cat. When not writing her stories, she can be found commandeering radio telescopes, reading, cooking, playing video games, or trying her hand at different art forms.


Imbued is an introspective, slow-paced, lush dark fantasy about one woman’s quest for revenge, redemption, and reclaiming her past and agency in a world ruined by magic and greed, and will be released in September 2024,


The cover art is by Harkalé Linaï  


 Now that you have seen the cover, let's see what the book is about shall we?



 Calla has no memories of her childhood except for hazy, recurring nightmares. Working as a servant in Kiriong, the picturesque terrace garden home to one of the most influential families in the Kamphua Dominion, she's content to live a simple life. As long as no one finds out about the forbidden magic stirring under her skin


When the estranged family heir, Gray—a magehunter in servitude of the royal hold—unexpectedly returns home, Calla's secret threatens to surface. Instead of turning her in, however, Gray offers her the one thing she always feared: to teach her how to use her powers. And as the turbulent tides of long-forgotten magic draw them together, Calla finds it harder and harder to deny her potential.

But Gray knows more than what he admits. In the aftermath of a vile political plot targeting him and with the shadow of a mage uprising cast upon the land, finding out what happened to Calla in her forgotten years might be their only chance to survive.

Except the knowledge could break them both.

It could break the world.


"For lovers of worldbuilding, culture, and slow-burn character arcs [...] about the depths we're willing to go to protect ourselves, and the hands that reach out to pull us toward the light." — Cat Rector, author of The Goddess of Nothing At All

"Imbued is an enthralling tale that interweaves magical mysteries of past and the present, bringing readers on a fantastic ride. It's filled to the brim with gorgeous prose, intricate worldbuilding, and a magic system that will sweep you away."— L.E. Harper, author of Kill Your Darlings




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