Miles Cameron's The Red Knight US and UK covers

Friday, March 23, 2012

Miles Cameron is a Canadian author making his debut in Fantasy with his novel The Red Knight, the first book of the Traitor Son Cycle, that will be released by Gollancz in the UK in September (and by Orbit books in the US).  Both publishers posted the covers today:

UK (Gollancz)

US (Orbit)

I prefer the UK cover art, the old style illustration is seen less often, not bad. As for the US cover, it's not a bad execution but it's generic as far as Fantasy books covers go... what's your take on it?

Here's the blurb/synopsis:

Twenty eight florins a month is a huge price to pay, for a man to stand between you and the Wild.
Twenty eight florins a month is nowhere near enough when a wyvern’s jaws snap shut on your helmet in the hot stink of battle, and the beast starts to rip the head from your shoulders. But if standing and fighting is hard, leading a company of men – or worse, a company of mercenaries – against the smart, deadly creatures of the Wild is even harder.
It takes all the advantages of birth, training, and the luck of the devil to do it.
The Red Knight has all three, he has youth on his side, and he’s determined to turn a profit. So when he hires his company out to protect an Abbess and her nunnery it’s just another job. The abbey is rich, the nuns are pretty and the monster preying on them is nothing he can’t deal with.
Only it’s not just a job. It’s going to be a war . . .


Mark K said...

Love that top cover - excellent piece of art work/design.

Never ceases to amaze me, as a former graphic designer, how some publishers, especially self publishing, ignore the worth of a good font. You can have a great image combined with a crappy font, and nothing. You can have an average image with a great font and BANG! The whole thing comes to life. And if you have both great image and great font combo...

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