The gryphon's ear tufts perk up at the sound of bleating mutton-on-the-hoof.
I've pre-ordered my copy today :-)
Images of the cover designs can be seen at http://www.paravia.com/JannyWurts/website/ArtGallery/CoverArtInProgess/Initiates Trial.html
Thanks for the cover art image link Trys.
All looks very interesting, although I am still thinking about that poor tree and the mixed seasons, and trying to work out where the background image is. Be interesting to see if Seshkrozchiel ends up toasting any sunwheel fanatics, I assume she is the dragon on the cover. Havish's sigil looks quite grand. Janny is that a black falcon in the snow under the tree? I can see the raven landing in the tree and the beak and legs of the bird on the ground look different to the way you do your ravens.
Yes, it's magnificent! I already asked for a print of the tree with the Celtic design frame around it!