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Alternative covers for the Night’s Masque trilogy

When I was writing The Merchant of Dreams I bought two Playmobil pirate ships and a bunch of figures to help me plan a small sea battle and the climactic land battle. It was so helpful that I did the same for The Prince of Lies, winning a vintage castle and a bunch more figures on ebay. Not all my recent purchases have been vintage, however; when I was in Hamleys (the famous toyshop in London), I spotted a black-haired, bestubbled medieval dude who struck me as the spitting image of one Mal Catlyn!

Of course I had to buy him so that I could use him in my plans, and it was only a short step from there to a flash of inspiration: maybe I could recreate the Night’s Masque book covers with Playmobil…

I duly hunted down a female figure that could stand in for Coby (a “highwaywoman” from ebay), and set to work. I apologise in advance for my indifferent image-manipulation skills, but I’m still rather proud of the results. So, without any more ado, here they are (click on an image to see it full size):

The Alchemist of Souls

The Merchant of Dreams

The Prince of Lies

Obviously I was somewhat limited by the figures, as their arms don’t bend, but my castle pieces came in very handy as backdrop.

Now I just have to work out what the hell I’m going to do with this big box of pirates, knights, musketeers and other characters. I suppose I could write them into my new book…?



Or let me play with them.


Excellent. You even got a figure with the lantern for the second book. Nicely done, and it does make me want to revisit my childhood passion for building toy castles 🙂


I think the lantern came with one of the pirate ships – along with the ship’s cats and some tiny rats!


The lantern, with the metal in “silver”, came with the pirate ship or one of the other pirate sets in the 1980s. That’s the first time I remembered it.
-This was in Norway before G.I. Joe, Transformers, Masters of the Universe, and Star Wars. It was Lego and Playmobil that was the awesome/cool toys back then. 🙂


Haha, these look great! And using playmobile to help act out scenes is such a good idea, I might have to try that.
My dad teaches people to drive boats and has a variety of playmobile models he uses for demonstration – the rest of the family aren’t sure how much he actually uses them and how much they’re a fun thing to have sitting on his desk.

Kristen S. Walker

Wow, I never would have thought of using Playmobil this way! I passed on my old play sets to my little brother when I grew up, but I do miss the pirates. You may have just given me an excuse to reacquire a collection. 😉