The book is about a young boy living in the decadent world of 18th century Venice. At an early age Tonio's family discovers that he possess an other-worldly voice that is unsurpassed in power and beauty. The only problem is that he is a Venetian Patrician and the last of a long line of a very old and prominent noble family. His life is bound by honor and duty.
Until the day he meets his long lost brother...or is he? In a viscous plot in attempted fratricide, Tonio's life is spared while his future is shattered.
Against his will, he has become a castrato.
His voice forever preserved in its angelic state, he now grows up to become a very different young man. Adored and revered by all...men, women, and castrati alike, he becomes one of the most celebrated opera performers of all time. All the while scheming to take his revenge upon those who stole his birthright.
Love, sex, intrigue, and most important of all, the power of music all come to play in this dark gothic novel that challenges the notion of masculinity and femininity.
Sooo uhhh...that was all really hard to conceptualize into book art. So this is what I came up with. Music is really hard genre to capture without being literal.
Here's the link to the last book art I made for the Mayfair Chronicles to compare.
What do you think? I'm not sure its my favorite background pic. It was a hell of time trying to capture the time period. But I love the way the text came out. I also like how the R and T in 'Cry to' form a cross...which definitely plays into the book when Tonio takes a Cardinal as his lover. Also what do you think about the caption? I was considering a period after each word (LOVE.BETRAYAL.HONOR.MUSIC), would that make more sense? Also its not too dark again is it??