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“Was this what it meant to drift? To move along the water’s current without control, without say?”

At the start of 2024, Joshua Walker kicked off his epic The Song of the Sleepers series with an absolute bang with the prequel novella, The Rest to the Gods. And ever since reading that spectacular novella, I have been watching like a hawk for any new updates on the release of the first main instalment in the series. So imagine my extreme excitement and surprise when Joshua reached out to ask if Team Before We Go could help with the cover reveal of An Exile of Water & Gold. I mean, YES, let’s go!

For those of you still unfamiliar with Walker’s wonderful imagination, let me give you a taste of what to expect with this enticing blurb:

For centuries, the Aobians of the Great Tree have shared the continent of Q’ara with humanity. A select few known as Sleepers are empowered by Luminosity, the Tree’s greatest blessing.

Drift, a young and cynical Aobian, has been exiled from his homeland – forever. Now, with no understanding of this condemnation, Drift must traverse the land of humans below, and find his purpose in an ever-changing world. Tarri, his betrothed, seeks to do the same, whilst also bringing him home.

Elsewhere on Q’ara, an unknown organisation seeks to weaponise Luminosity for their own nefarious purposes. Drift himself is a part of this puzzle, and it quickly becomes apparent that the struggle for true power in Q’ara is emerging for reasons greater than anyone is prepared to grasp.

Well, I was sold on this series after reading the novella, but this blurb makes me even more excited! And naturally, a book with such a fantastic premise deserves a spectacular cover. So, are you ready for your eyes to be graced with sheer and utter perfection? Let’s get scrolling… 3, 2, 1….

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BEHOLD THE BREATHTAKING COVER OF AN EXILE OF WATER & GOLD

An Exile of Water & Gold

And if that wasn’t gorgeous and exciting enough, take a look at this full-spread artwork:

An Exile of Water & Gold

Would you look at that, the legendary Jeff Brown has done it again! Congrats, Josh, on such a stupendously gorgeous cover, I can’t wait to have a copy of this beauty in my hands! And fortunately for all of us, we don’t have to wait too long for that to become reality. That’s right, An Exile of Water & Gold hits the shelves on September 3, 2024.

The pre-orders links are yet to come, but you can add it to your Goodreads by clicking the button below. And even better, all my fellow impatient souls out there can fill out this ARC form to get early access!

Also, make sure to check out The Rest to the Gods while you are waiting for book 1 to release. Just sign up to Josh’s newsletter below, and you get this treat for free! I am telling you all now, Walker is going to be an author to watch, so don’t miss out!

Joshua WalkerABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joshua Walker is a fantasy author from Melbourne, Australia. He currently works as a primary school English teacher, and likes to read, brew beer, and hang out with his wife and BFD (Big Fluffy Dog) in his free time. He will not apologise for writing in British English.

An Exile of Water & Gold is the first book in The Song of the Sleepers, an exciting new fantasy epic from Australian author Joshua Walker. To find out more about Josh and his work, head to joshuawalkerauthor.com.

Esmay Rosalyne

Esmay is a self-proclaimed professional book devourer from The Netherlands. While (dark) fantasy will always have her heart, she is also a big indie/self-pub enthusiast and will probably read anything if the premise sounds intriguing enough. Or, you know, if it promises complete emotional destruction. When not reading books, she is probably reviewing books, talking about books, or watching videos of fellow bookworms talking about books.

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