This image is perhaps almost to dark in its representation, although there is certainly a dark thread running through the novel. However this simplistic representation of smoke and mirrors might be better aimed at the more mature spectrum of a YA readership. However that said I think the blue smoke could work well with the castle turrets perhaps edging out of the top. with the text layers then on top and centered.
and right there, the darkness explodes and the world starts to fall apart. and the only thing that comes to his mind is that no one of his beloved ones are safe and for the first time in his life he's scared.
erikangstrom: (Photo by Maciek Leśniak) “In spite of all evidence that life is discontinuous, a valley of rifts, and that random chance plays a great part in our fates, we go on believing in the continuity of things, in causation and meaning. But we live on a broken mirror, and fresh cracks appear in its surface every day.”― Salman Rushdie, The Ground Beneath Her Feet