Sacred Band Cover Reveal

Last year, Nisaba Press announced that they’d acquired the rights to rerelease my first novel, Sacred Band. Today, I’m thrilled to announce that we’re revealing the incredible new cover as well as opening pre-orders for the new edition, both in print and ebook in the Online Store, as well as on Amazon.

Sacred Band 2nd printing

Sacred Band tells the story of a team of LGBTQ+ superpowered individuals set in a post-superheroic world. When no one in charge is taking the disappearance of queer and other marginalized folk from around the world seriously, this team bands together to do it themselves. They find themselves facing down official scrutiny even while racing against the sinister conspiracy that is steps ahead of them and closing in on their goal.

This new second edition of Sacred Band has been treated to additional caretaking behind the scene, including a re-write of the original final chapter and an epilogue chapter of entirely new material! It is, without question, the book I always wanted it to be.

As much as I love the cover from Sacred Band’s first edition (it is, after all, the cover of my first novel), this incredible piece of dynamic art from the legendary Melissa Uran really captures the spirit of my novel. 

When I first started writing it, I turned to my long-time friend Melissa and commissioned a set of images of each of the members of the team, just to help me solidify what they looked like as I wrote. Melissa’s gorgeously detailed art has been a part of Sacred Band from the beginning, and I cannot tell you how over the moon I am that it now bears a cover from her as well.

Sacred Band Concept Art

Original Sacred Band concept art, by Melissa Uran. From left to right: Sentinel, Gauss, Deosil, Optic, and Llorona.

There’s lots more Sacred Band goodness on the horizon. Thank you so much for joining us on this journey!

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Joseph Carriker is a game developer for Green Ronin, responsible for the Blue Rose AGE line, as well as working on other games such as Fantasy AGE and the Critical Role: Tal'Dorei Campaign Setting books. He has worked in the gaming industry for over eighteen years, including doing work for Wizards of the Coast, White Wolf, and Onyx Path Publishing during that time. He is an outspoken queer gamer, having helped found the annual Queer as a Three-Sided Die panels at Gen Con and other conventions. He is also novelist, with his first novel, Sacred Band, about a team of LGBTQ superheroes, garnering starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. His second novel, Shadowtide, is set in the Blue Rose setting, and is available from Nisaba Press. Joseph lives in Portland, Oregon with his fiancé A.J.