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Today I’m excited to present the cover for Merchants of Light and Bone, the second book in The Pentagonal Dominion series by Erika McCorkle and published by Shadow Spark Publishing.

I’ll confess I haven’t read the first book yet, Merchants of Knowledge and Magic, but it has been sitting on my TBR for a while as a much anticipated read. These books are epic dark fantasy but not as you know them. They feature unique races, gods, and worlds spread across various planes of existence. Just following the author’s social media has revealed so many interesting facets of these worlds, which are truly extraordinary! If you’re looking for an original fantasy with mind-blowing world building that takes you to magical but dark places, then these need to be on your TBR.

So here’s what the sequel is all about:

Sorrow in paradise
A parent’s worst nightmare
When grief drives one to revenge


Living in a tropical paradise with his spouses and kids, Amiere is a merchant of light, a sculptor who carves glowing crystals into spectacular and powerful, demon-killing works of art. When the ground opens up near his idyllic village to reveal a massive supply of crystals, the whole nation of Aloutia celebrates. The merchants are guaranteed money for decades and officials predict Aloutia will be safe from demonkind for generations. But Amiere isn’t rejoicing—when the ground split apart, his seven-year-old daughter fell to her death.


Amiere’s grief turns to rage when an old enemy returns to the village with a young daughter displaying signs of starvation and abuse. Having witnessed his own daughter’s death, Amiere cannot bear the thought of watching another child die, especially when he can prevent it. Unable to ask police for help due to the village’s reputation of hostility toward authority figures, Amiere takes matters into his own hands, even at the risk of being exiled and separated from his family forever.

I’m a big fan of the cover to Merchants of Knowledge and Magic, with the peacock-shaped illustration and the green and blue colour scheme, so I’m super excited by this next cover.

So without further ado, here is the cover for Merchants of Light and Bone:

Aren’t the colours absolutely beautiful? I love the colour scheme used here and how light and full of detail it is! The cover art for this was illustrated by Bear Pettigrew and designed by Jess Moon. Here is the full cover spread:

And here you can see both books side by side!








Merchants of Light and Bone by Erika McCorkle is the second book in the The Pentagonal Dominion series published by Shadow Spark Publishing and is coming August 8!

About the Author

Erika McCorkle is an avid world-builder and consumer of all things fantasy, whether that be books, video games, or anime. She has been developing the Pentagonal Dominion for over two decades and is publishing novels that take place in that fantastic world. She has a Bachelors of Science in Biology and works as a laboratory technician on the graveyard shift at her local blood bank, which qualifies her as a vampire.

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