The Story Behind the Title.
So here it is at last, the cover for Book Three of The Knight Trilogy. I hope you like it. Seeing it finally come together is incredibly exciting, and I have to say (poor form though it is) I absolutely love it. It really sums up the darker aspects of Book Three.
Book Three has always been called 'Star Fire' and the name has great importance to Mina. Star Fire an incredibly symbolic name and the notions of Star Fire have been around for thousands of years.
The Star Fire is known for being one of the earliest recorded Mystery Schools from Ancient Egypt. It was a school of women only, and members of which were recognised by their scarlet robes. They were believed to drink the blood of their own menstrual blood in order to reach an enlightened state of universal, cosmic knowledge. The link between blood-drinking and enlightenment has more recently been the subject of much recent scientific exploration and there have been links found between the drinking of blood and the stimulation of the pituitary gland.
As part of the Golden Thread, Secret History belief it is believed that references to Star Fire in numerous works of literature and are are a sign of the writers engagement with the occult - possibly even their involvement in the secret Templar organisations.
Most famously is Shakespeare's reference to Star Fire in Lady Macbeth's soliloquy, "Stars hide your fires, show not my deep and dark desires." (Act 1 Scene 3) is often stated as part of the evidence bank that Shakespeare was aware of the connection between star fire and the occult - and that this awareness comes from a personal engagement with secret organisations.
As if my research of Ancient Egyptian Mystery schools and the fact that I was teaching Macbeth to my GCSE group wasn't enough of an influence on the title, perhaps the fact that I was listening to a lot of Mumford & Sons ' at the time. For those not quite so obsessed with this band as I am, they lift and adapt the Shakespearean quote above in their song, 'Roll Away Your Stone',
"Stars hide your fires
These here are my desires"
As well as revealing the cover for Book Three I thought I might also share with you the new covers that have been designed for Book One and Two. It felt right that they should all be revised in order to create a real sense of unity across the Trilogy.