A round of covers

Monday, October 10, 2011

Once more, this past week, many covers for Fantasy novels surfaced.  The main source this time is Orbit books spring and summer 2012 early looks. Here's the link for the full list but I put a couple of them in this post.  Aside from Orbit, HarperCollins decided to release new editions of the mass-market edition of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, the 'final' cover with the title for Stephen Deas' Black Mausoleum was added to Risingshadow and the same can be said for Tom Lloyd's The Dusk Watchman.  For this lastest, I also discovered on Todd Lockwood's page that the US art is also done.  Here you go :


Daniel Abraham
The King's Blood
The Dagger and the Coin Book 2

War casts its shadow over the lands that the dragons once ruled. Only the courage of a young woman with the mind of a gambler and loyalty to no one stands between hope and universal darkness.
The high and powerful will fall, the despised and broken shall rise up, and everything will be remade. And quietly, almost beneath the notice of anyone, an old, broken-hearted warrior and an apostate priest will begin a terrible journey with an impossible goal: destroy a Goddess before she eats the world.


N.K. Jemisin
New series - The Dreamblood

The Killing Moon

In the city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Along its ancient stone streets, where time is marked by the river’s floods, there is no crime or violence. Within the city’s colored shadows, priests of the dream-goddess harvest the wild power of the sleeping mind as magic, using it to heal, soothe… and kill.
But when corruption blooms at the heart of Gujaareh’s great temple, Ehiru — most famous of the city’s Gatherers — cannot defeat it alone. With the aid of his cold-eyed apprentice and a beautiful foreign spy, he must thwart a conspiracy whose roots lie in his own past. And to prevent the unleashing of deadly forbidden magic, he must somehow defeat a Gatherer’s most terrifying nemesis: the Reaper

The Shadowed Sun


Stephen Deas
The Black Mausoleum
The Memory of Flames book 4

Two years have passed since the events of the Order of the Scales. Across the realms, dragons are still hatching. Hatching, and hatching free. Skorl is an Ember, a soldier trained from birth to fight dragons. He is a living weapon, one-shot only, saturated with enough dragon-poison to bring down a monster all on his own. Misanthrope, violent and a drunk, to fulfil his purpose and slay a dragon, means to be eaten. Now Skorl has a choice: he can hang for his crimes, or he can go with the last of the Adamantine Men, fighting against an enemy he was born to face. Rat is an Outsider. He's on the run and he's stumbled onto something that's going to make him rich beyond all his dreams. It's just a shame that the end of the world has started without him. Kataros is an alchemist, one of the order responsible for keeping the dragons in check. One of the order that has just failed, and disastrously so. Two men, one woman. One chance to save the world from a storm of dragons ...

Tom Lloyd
The Dusk Watchman
The Twilight Reign book 5




K.J. Parker


George R.R. Martin
A Song of Ice and Fire
First four books


Cursed Armada said...

Really excited for K.J. Parker's new book...

Bets Davies said...

abraham's cover is beautiful art, but unless there is a lot you know that I don't, it seems a little lame considering the rich images in the blurb. And since I'm the unread reader, I'm the one it should attract. Deas's cover, while it goes with his plot, looks unfortunately like a thousand different yet undifferentiated novels I shelved when I worked at Dawn Treader Book Shop (used and rare). Jemison's, of course, are gorgeous other than the at this point not very well integrated text. Why is it UK covers are always better?

Anonymous said...

Interesting, where did you get the UK cover for Dusk Watchman? I've not been shown a version with the lettering on, and this one's got an older version of the picture anyway!

Phil said...

That's a good question Bets and I agree with you, it's often the case... maybe the publisher have a false idea of what US readers love to see on their covers...

@Tom, I found it there : http://en.risingshadow.net/library?action=book&book_id=11007

Will you share the final cover on your site?

Anonymous said...

Cheers. Typed my comment then read your post properly and saw Risingshadow... Sorry about asking you to repeat yourself there!

Weird how they got their hands on that version, the final copy is pretty similar but I'll certainly be putting it up on my site and facebook - now I know it's around to be posted!

Dom said...

Big fan here, Tom!

E A M Harris said...

I love the UK Dusk Watchman cover. Interesting that Bets Davies thinks UK covers generally better. I don't know enough to agree or disagree, but I'm not surprised that tastes differ between UK and US.

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