The third book in Rainbow Rowell’s incredibly popular Simon Snow series is finally here — and our heroes are back in action.
Rowell unveiled the cover of Any Way the Wind Blows Tuesday morning on Twitter. Kevin Wada illustrated the cover with Olga Grlic designing it. The duo’s been involved in putting together the previous two covers as well.
“I’m so lucky to work with them,” Rowell said in a tweet. “When Kevin agreed to do the Carry On paperback, it felt like the book finally fell into place.”
Check out the cover:
On top of that, we now know when the book will hit shelves. Mark your calendars for July 6, 2021, according to Rowell.
And before anyone gets any ideas, Rowell clarified that Simon is not holding a wand in this cover. When a fan tweeted that it was a wand, Rowell responded by saying, “Okay, now I owe you an apology. Because everyone thinks it’s a wand. Maybe it should be gold???”
It’s, in fact, a sword.
The Simon Snow books are spin-offs from Rowell’s 2013 novel Fangirl. In Fangirl, the Simon Snow books are part of a mega-popular franchise a-la-Harry Potter that captures the imagination of Cath, a university freshman who writes Simon Snow fanfiction.
If you’re craving for even more about the book, take a gander at the book’s synposis, as provided by Goodreads:
In Carry On, Simon Snow and his friends realized that everything they thought they understood about the world might be wrong. And in Wayward Son, they wondered whether everything they understood about themselves might be wrong.
In Any Way the Wind Blows, Simon and Baz and Penelope and Agatha have to decide how to move forward.
For Simon, that means deciding whether he still wants to be part of the World of Mages — and if he doesn’t, what does that mean for his relationship with Baz? Meanwhile Baz is bouncing between two family crises and not finding any time to talk to anyone about his newfound vampire knowledge. Penelope would love to help, but she’s smuggled a cursed American Normal into London, and now she isn’t sure what to do with him. And Agatha? Well, Agatha Wellbelove has had enough.
Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.
This book is a finale. It tells secrets and answers questions and lays ghosts to rest.
Carry On was conceived as a book about Chosen One stories; Any Way the Wind Blows is an ending about endings. About catharsis and closure, and how we choose to move on from the traumas and triumphs that try to define us.
What do you think of the Any Way the Wind Blows cover? Do you plan to pick up a copy of Any Way the Wind Blows?
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