By Jacqueline Andriakos
Updated June 26, 2013 at 05:34 PM EDT

The adventures of seventh-graders Prue and Curtis are about to continue. The adolescent duo travels even deeper into the dangers of the Impassable Wilderness in the third installment of the Wildwood Chronicles, Wildwood Imperium.

The fantasy world of war-torn creatures, mystics, and magic is a literary collaboration created by The Decemberists singer-songwriter Colin Meloy, and his wife, acclaimed illustrator Carson Ellis. The first novel in the children’s book series, Wildwood, was published in 2011 and graced the New York Times best-seller list.

Ellis worked closely with Meloy to develop more than 80 illustrations for the series, including all of the distinct cover art.

Take a first look at Wildwood Imperium‘s cover, and an exclusive except from the third installment of the Wildwood saga, available February 2014:

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