Daily Archives: Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Abercrombie gave a peek at the cover art for the upcoming (Winter 2009) paperback UK release (phew!) of The Blade Itself.

The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie

Abercrombie’s thoughts:

Art is by Chris McGrath who does a lot of Urban Fantasy covers but less epic-style stuff, and I reckon he’s done a bang up job. Gritty, impactful, and says epic fantasy without the slightest whiff of cheesiness (which is not an easy trick to pull off). Not at all a bad representation of Master Ninefingers either. Never an easy thing for an author to see his/her characters made manifest like that. Glokta (Before They are Hanged) and Jezal (Last Argument of Kings) will be following over the next few months, at which point there’ll probably be some tweaking to give it more of a unified series feel…

Most notably, this is the first semi-official look we’ve had at any of the characters from Abercrombie’s The First Law trilogy. Logen’s pretty straight forward (but looks a bit younger and less ugly than what I pictured), so what I’m really curious to see is how they portray Sand dan Glokta, the tortured, erm… torturer from the series.

Chris McGrath is probably best known for his work on the Dresden Files books, which I was recently raving about. It’s just too bad about the gradient used on Abercrombie’s name.

As Abercrombie says, kudos to the art team at Gollancz for putting together a character based cover that doesn’t suck (Orbit should take note…). In fact, it’s actually pretty great.