Last night I finished the third and final book of the Queen of the Tearling trilogy. I love reading a series, especially when I get so involved in the storyline. Fiction is one of the best ways to discuss political and social issues in a safe way, and this series did a bang up job of touching on the importance of owning our past so we can not just learn but also make more informed decisions going forward. Otherwise, all you do is make the same mistakes.
If you enjoy a story that combines magic, religion and political chaos - this is it. While doing some online searching relating to the book, it seems that this series screen rights have been purchased and could be staring Emma Watson (Hermoine to us Potter fans). I will say that the storyline and messaging is right up her alley. If it does come to fruition I will be heading to the theatre.
As a book designer (Yeah, I am calling myself that now.) I wanted to share some elements of the printed copy that I found helped to elevate the time and space of the epic tale.
There are elements of the design that brought the feeling of the time-period and monarch system. Using a classic san serif font was key and the extra was the use of decorative glyphs to the page number as well as chapter titles.
I think my favourite design element was the use of the ragged trim of the pages, the technical term, deckle edge. This printing technique is used more for status than function. From what I know of current on-demand printers like Ingramspark or Createspace, this is not an option. This type of styled book edge would be an option when you are producing directly with a printer and binder and large print runs.