The Ionia Sanction releases in the US on November 8. And here's the cover!
Nico and Diotima are tiptoeing across the landscape carrying amphorae, from which are spilling a few coins. On the left is the cult statue of Artemis, from the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus. That's the temple in the background. The drawing of the statue's based on a Roman copy of a Greek copy of the original. The art department at St Martin's Press asked me what the colours should be like, so I referred them to my previous blog post about The Colors of Ancient Greece, and told them to go for it. As you can see, they did!
The texture on the cover of Pericles Commission was made to resemble a piece of pottery. The Ionia Sanction cover is made to resemble the print on a tapestry. If you click on the image for a larger version you can see the watermarks.
It's worth pointing out how extremely lucky I am with my publishers. Strictly speaking, titles and cover art are the purview of the publisher. St Martin's not only consulted me, but listened carefully and got things beautifully right.