The Gathering Storm ebook cover art

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Irene Gallo posted the last cover art for the new ebooks of The Wheel of Time (at least until Towers of Midnight is upon us). The Gathering Storm cover was done by Todd Lockwood (his page here).

The scene depicted is Egwene fighting a To'Raken in the white tower. I don't remember reading about Egwene holding a magic wand?!? Anyway, not bad, I kind of like it. Here's a glimpse of the thinking behind the work (click here for the post at Tor.com) :
Egwene’s coming into her own—as Amyrlin and as a force for the Light to be reckoned with, but also simply as an adult, fully-developed character—has been a long and sometimes tortuous progression that has spanned the entirety of the series, and, in my opinion, ultimately ranks second only to Rand’s himself in its centrality to the series. Her triumph, at the moment depicted, is awesome not only because of how much ass she is kicking right then, but because it represents a fundamental turning point for her character—and, therefore, for Tarmon Gai’don itself.

The White Tower, the supposed ultimate bastion of the Light against the Shadow, has teetered on the brink of succumbing to corruption and collapse for so long now that we hardly remember it doing anything besides sucking. And then here comes Egwene, proving herself a true leader and fearsome warrior, and being everything that the Tower is supposed to be, and isn’t, and the Aes Sedai know it. Her courage is what turns it all around. She’s saving the Tower right here, in every way possible, and by extension, saving the forces of Light themselves.
Taking all of them into account, it was a very successful project.

You can see the first eleven ebook covers here :

The Eye of the World
The Great Hunt
The Dragon Reborn
The Shadow Rising
The Fires of Heaven
Lord of Chaos
A Crown of Swords
The Path of Daggers
Winter's Heart
Crossroads of Twilight
Knife of Dreams

5 comments:

Charlie Morgan said...

the wand Egwene was holding was a sa'angreal that she got from storage. The most powerful Sai'dar sa'angreal known to the Aes Sedai, and probably the most powerful sa'angreal in existance besides Callandor since both the male and female parts of the Choedan Kol have been destroyed.

Phil said...

Thanks for the info! I did not remember that sa'angreal.

thevilebob said...

Those cover arts are pretty good compared to the old ones.. I had to hide my cover when I read WOT cause it looked like and cheezy erotic novel

fbelic said...

For me, it was the weakest cover-art so far (still, definitely better than the previous one). I prefer Orbit's covers, featuring only Wheel of Time (literally).

Ben said...

Now all that is missing is a cover for Towers of Midnight...I would very much like to see that

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