Nineteenth-Century Painting Becomes the Face of Fantastic Novel of Sorcery and Technology

MILTON, ONTARIO, May 20, 2022 – Today, the cover art was revealed for upcoming epic science fantasy novel Alium by debut author Grady Lynch.

The cover features “Among the Sierra Nevada Mountains”, an 1868 painting by German-American artist Albert Bierstadt. A snow-capped mountain towers in the background, gradually sloping down through smaller peaks and valleys to the forested shores of a lake where a herd of deer is crossing.

Alium is now available for preorder through publisher Brain Lag and is making its way into bookstore catalogues ahead of its September 9th release. It will be available in trade paperback (460 pages, $25.99 CAD) and ebook ($4.99) formats.

For millions of years, the great mountain Zenidow has loomed untouched over the world of Altum. Now, however, four stout warriors are being drawn to it. The dreamer, the witch, the warrior, and the wind--fate will bring them together in a world torn by war, flowing with magic, and threatened by a vile presence from beyond the stars.

Lynch says, “My favorite stories reveal only as much as their characters come to understand about the cosmos. The gulfs which remain are filled by a reader’s imagination in the same way we look up at the stars or marvel at the trees of the physical world. My dream is to play the writer for once, to share my own world, and know that someone out there is completing it as they read.”

Alium is the thirty-eighth book and Lynch is the nineteenth author from Milton, Ontario-based science fiction and fantasy publisher Brain Lag. It is the publisher’s ninth release of twelve new books in 2022.

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