Darrell K. Sweet’s unfinished cover for A Memory of Light By Aidan Moher April 20th, 201226 Responses Well, I’ll be damned. This piece was looking to be one of Sweet’s best in years. Suitably epic. Love the colour palette. Curious that there’s no Rand on the cover, though. Hmm… Responses neth April 20, 2012 at 9:15 am agreed. I’ve been pretty critical of Sweet’s WOT covers for a while, but this one looks like it would have been great. Especially fitting for the title of the book. Link David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:16 am I find it very interesting that there are “dots” within the different colors in the “yin-yang” cloud, as those aren’t present within the series. I wonder if that’s an error on Sweet’s part or something that’s going to be an issue in the final book… awesome! Link David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:16 am Er, also–what makes you so sure Rand isn’t on the cover? Look closely at that elevated figure. Link Aidan Moher April 20, 2012 at 9:19 am @David — Oh, interesting. At first I couldn’t grok what that was on the top of the pillar. The three ladies staring at it in dismay is certainly telling. Link neth April 20, 2012 at 9:24 am It certainly looks like the fulfillment of the vision of interpreted as Elayne, Min and Aviendha mourning Rand’s death. Though, I don’t see a boat. Link David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:25 am Haha yes indeed. Though personally I’m hoping Rand doesn’t _really_ die at the end. I’m hoping Sweet might be going for a more “metaphorical” image there since 1) while there seems to be an Elayne type (redhead), none of the other two make me think “Min” (still see her as a pants-wearin’ gal). In addition, I thought there was some prophecy about that former Seanchan slave who was supposed to have a role in Rand’s “death” (perhaps this image is set after that). R.I.P. Sweet & Jordan, in any case. Link AM Lyvers April 20, 2012 at 9:30 am I didn’t notice the body on the pyre until it was pointed out. Shows how much I pay attention -_- Lovely colors though Link Rob B April 20, 2012 at 9:37 am I can’t quite make out the body, either. This is a striking image. I wonder how much Whelan’s will differ. Link Aidan Moher April 20, 2012 at 9:39 am @Rob B — It will differ significantly. Irene Gallo confirmed that Whelan is painting a different scene from the book. Link neth April 20, 2012 at 9:39 am Whelan and Sweet were each given the same 3 scenes to choose from for their cover. Irene over at Tor has confirmed that she and Whelan came to the conclusion that they should use one of the other scenes for Whelan’s cover. So, the scene itself will be different. However, I’d expect thematic similarities that tie in with the title of the book – not triumph, but mourning and losss. Link Rob B April 20, 2012 at 9:48 am STILL CAN’T SEE THE BODY. #robfail Link AM Lyvers April 20, 2012 at 9:52 am It’s that horizontal thing with feet on top of the wood. Not being sarcastic. I didn’t see it either. Link David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:55 am It’s a schooner! Link Rob B April 20, 2012 at 10:01 am A-HA, I see it now! Thanks AM, I was looking at the image as a crucifix, thinking I should be seeing the feet at the bottom. Link Corey P. April 20, 2012 at 10:02 am It is stunning. I’m wondering about location. It looks like dragonmount in the background but I always assumed this scene would take place near shayol goul.(sp?) Link AM Lyvers April 20, 2012 at 10:21 am I thought it was some kind of altar and all the women were staring up at it like “How are we suppose to get up there?!” and bemoaning their predicament. All kidding aside, it’s still very ethereal. Link Luke April 20, 2012 at 10:39 am Would be cool if they released this as a special edition or alternate cover or something. Link Josiah April 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm What a great cover. Favorite of the series for sure. Link pnorl April 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm Still not convinced there’s a body on top of that ‘pyre’.. or tree? How hard do I have to squint, or did you guys re-size the image? (File under ‘my eyes, my eyes! i can’t see my eyes!’) Link Aidan Moher April 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm @pnorl — Click on the image to see a larger version of it! Link SF Tidbits for 4/21/12 - SF Signal – A Speculative Fiction Blog April 20, 2012 at 9:07 pm [...] Darrell K. Sweet’s unfinished cover for A Memory of Light. [...] Vic DiGital April 21, 2012 at 4:16 am Well, in the spirit of the books, I think Whelan should just finish DKS’s painting. Link pnorl April 21, 2012 at 4:48 am Haha, that easy huh? Doesn’t always have to be rocket science does it?! Link Suvudu Likes: 4/21/12 « Del Rey and Spectra - Science Fiction and Fantasy Books, Graphic Novels, and More April 23, 2012 at 9:49 am [...] Unfinished Cover: A Memory of Light by Darrell K. Sweet, posted by A Dribble of Ink [...] Shane April 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm Wow, I have NEVER liked the WoT covers at all, but I actually think this one would have looked amazing. 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