Book Two of Nina Munteanu’s Splintered Universe Trilogy, “Inner Diverse” was released today by Starfire World Syndicate with cover art done by Costi Gurgu.
In Book Two of this metaphysical space thriller trilogy, detective Rhea Hawke continues her quest for truth and justice in a world that is not what it seems. Rhea’s relentless search takes her to the far reaches of the known universe from the treacherous Boiling Seas of the Weeping Mountains of Horus to the blistering deserts of Upsilon 3. Amidst the turmoil of an imminent extra-galactic war, Rhea holds the key even as those she trusts betray her. No one is what they seem in this fast paced second of three books.
“Nina Munteanu is not only a master of metaphor, she is a creator of fantastic worlds and cultures. She combines her biological background with the infinite possibilities of the cosmos and turns an adventure story into a wonderland of alien rabbit holes. When the action starts it goes into hyper-drive, and her protagonist, Rhea Hawke, is a fresh and multi-faceted heroine. A fascinating and enthralling read.”— Craig H. Bowlsby, author of Horth in Killing Reach and creator of Commander’s Log
“Hawke is a maverick in the Wild West tradition, up against the world; and a genetic mystery with lethal powers. As always, Munteanu sticks to science in her storytelling, and clips along a brisk pace.”—Lynda Williams, author of the Okal Rel series.
“Am supposed to be recording some pick ups today and working on some accents for three of the audiobooks I’m finishing up but instead I get myself sucked into book two of Nina Munteanu‘s Splintered Universe trilogy!”—Dawn Harvey, voice artist.
Here is an excerpt about the cover design for Outer Diverse:
SFgirl: You came up with a “Triptych” design for the Splintered Universe Trilogy. What inspired you to come up with it and what do you like about it?
Costi: “There is the danger of spoilers in this answer. The fact is that your main character, Rhea, undergoes a certain evolution from a regular human being to… let’s just say something else. And that evolution has three parts, one for each book of the trilogy and it also has a touch of divine. So, the triptych design, so often used for religious paintings, fits like a glove on the entire concept.”
Costi was a finalist for the Aurora Prix Award, Canada’s top award for works in the genre of the fantastic, in the category of Best Artist for his work on Book 1 of the trilogy, Outer Diverse.