Here is Clue #5 in the One Adjective to Rule Them All competition. Words from a blurb by Jo Walton. 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 6th-century armour, sitting on a stone blowing on a dandelion puffball. The seeds rise like smoke, hiding their face. Centred in white text, “Breathtaking. Nicola Griffith knows what she’s doing.” And below that, in red-orange, “Jo Walton, author of Or What You Will”

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

Here’s what that lovely pin looks like, modelled by me on the lapel of my old but favourite jacket.

Pin design by Forensics and Flowers.

Image description: A grey suit jacket showing on the hand-stitched lapel a round enamel pin in the shape of a shield blazoned wiht fo rget-me-nots and overlaid by a spear. The pin is mostly red, with blue and green for the flowers.

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.