Here is Clue #4 in the One Adjective to Rule Them All competition. Words from a blurb by writer Malka Older. The background illustration is taken from one of Spear‘s interior artworks by the talented Rovina Cai.

Image description: Square graphic in blue-grey showing a background image of someone in a grave, eyes covered and knife laid on their breast. The grave is surrounded by whirling leaves and cut forget-me-nots. Centred in white text, “Mesmerizing, epic, and immersive.” And below that, in red-orange, “Malka Older”

The competition is OPEN TO ANYONE IN THE WORLD, NO PURCHASE NECESSARY! The winner gets 3 prizes in one:

  • A signed, personalised first edition first printing of Spear
  • A luscious enamel pin specially designed by Forensics & Flowers
  • A digital download of the audiobook, narrated by moi

For the rules and how to enter, see One Adjective to Rule Them All. Please note that I’ve amended the rules so you can enter once a day—refining your guesses as the clues mount up!

Comments on this post are off because the only guesses that count are those on the original blog post or emailed directly to me.