Title: Kingdom Above the Cloud (Tales from Adia, #1)
Author: Maggie Platt
Release Date: April 17th 2020
Publisher: Ambassador International
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Allegory
It’s been my second time joining a blog tour for cover reveal. Most book covers nowadays tell a lot about the book’s story. Let’s see how Kingdom Above the Cloud by Maggie Platt lives to its cover.
Story Behind the Cover
I was thrilled the first time I saw the design concept for Kingdom Above the Cloud! Even the color choices are significant to the story, and I love how the designer paid attention to so much detail!
The front silhouette and the type on the back and spine are navy blue, which is the color of the main character’s hair. The characters in this world have hair and eye coloring that reflects one of three things. Some have their natural colors that showcase their uniqueness, given to them by the Creator. Some have “taken on” someone else’s colors. This happens when someone’s love and loyalty are given to another person, rather than the Creator. They change to reflect what the other person looks like. Third, if they love themselves the most, they “lose” their colors. They become very pale, with black hair and eyes.
Tovi Tivka’s hair is navy blue, which is reflected on the cover. You’ll have to read the story to know if they are her true colors or not!
The background color has a double meaning. First, the obvious one: it is the sky with subtle clouds. The second will only be noticed by readers after they have met some of the characters. Silas is a very important character and is one of Tovi’s best friends. He has bright blue eyes, and his hair has golden streaks. So, all four colors on the cover are significant: White for the clouds, blue for the sky and Silas’ eyes, gold for Silas’ hair, and navy for Tovi’s hair.
The first image that any eye would be drawn to is the silhouette of the girl on the cover. This is Tovi Tivka, the main character of the story. She is looking up and to the distance as she thinks about the Kingdom Above the Cloud and whether or not she dares to go there. Her temptation is great: for love, for answers, and to search for her brother. But, the dangers and unknown are daunting.
There is a mountain, clouds, and a tree embedded in her silhouette. Tovi lives in a treehouse village in the Valley of Adia. Much of the first half of the story takes place up in the trees! The people of Adia fear the people of Mount Damien, which has a layer of cloud always blocking the view of the top. The Adians know there is a kingdom above the cloud, but they never go there.
There are two more important symbols on the cover: the snake on the back and the crown on the spine. Evil King Damien, who rules his kingdom above the cloud, believes all people should master seven important concepts on his mountain: Power, Perfection, Adoration, Control, Prosperity, Pleasure, and Wisdom. Each person must earn symbols that look like tattoos on their backs. The snake is the symbol for Control, and the crown is the symbol for Adoration. Both of these heartbreaking lessons come into play for Tovi as she seeks a new life above the cloud.
What if the nine Fruit of the Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins were locked in a battle for control?Abandoned as infants, Tovi and her twin brother were raised by an eclectic tribe of warm, kind people in a treehouse village in the valley. After her brother’s sudden disappearance Tovi questions her life and her faith in an invisible King. Ignoring her best friend Silas’ advice, she decides to search for her brother in the kingdom on top of the mountain.Above the cloud, the Council of Masters receives their orders. Tovi and her brother are the objectives. King Damien has a plan and Tovi is the key. The Council of Masters want her, but will she remain unscathed?Amidst the glamour of the kingdom above the cloud Tovi is torn between her own dark desires and unanswered questions. It starts with a snake and a crown. When the ring is complete, will her life be over?
About Maggie Platt
Maggie Platt is a writer, traveler, cancer survivor, and dreamer. Her greatest joys are being Auntie M to her amazing nieces and nephew and sitting with students and friends over cups of coffee and deep conversations. She works at her alma mater, Anderson University in Indiana, and she lives in a cozy little cottage nearby where students come to sit on her couch just to laugh, cry, and talk about life.
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