I hadn’t heard of this book until I stumbled across the cover art for it on the official Orbit Blog. Now I’m curious.
Pretty cool, eh? Lauren Panepinto talks about the process behind the design:
Jemisin creates a very cool world and a very well-described landscape and characters, and it feels both epic and character-driven all at once. Since it’s the first of a trilogy, there’s even more pressure to get the look right because you have to carry it over 2 more books. We agonized a bit over the right illustrator, and decided on the dark and textural work of Cliff Nielsen. He did a fabulous job of depicting the city of Skye, and got a great rich dark tone set for the cover. We drove him a little crazy I think, poor guy, with color adjustments and revisions…and I hope he forgives us because I can’t wait to see what he does for the next two books.
Once I got the art back from Cliff, I must have gone through a hundred different fonts and layouts for the cover — there’s a lot of text that needs to be there, but of course, you don’t want it to look like there’s a lot of text on the cover, you want the art to be the star. But after a little hair-pulling and head-bonking-on-desk on my part, I think we nailed it.
Also, a synopsis:
“Yeine Darr is heir to the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms. She is also an outcast. Until, that is, her mother dies under mysterious circumstances.
Summoned by her grandfather to the majestic city of Sky, Yeine finds herself thrust into a vicious power struggle for the throne. As she fights for her life, she comes ever closer to discovering the truth about her mother’s death and her family’s bloody history – as well as the unsettling truths within herself.
With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate are bound inseparably together, for both mortals and gods alike.”
Though maybe not the most original plot out there, the setting seems interesting and I’m always up for a good bout of political intrigue. Certainly looks like a novel I’ll be keeping an eye on.
Hot off the heels of the recently released cover art for A Princess of Landover and The Magic Kingdom of Landover Volume I is the cover for the second omnibus in The Magic Kingdom of Landover series. Unfortunately it doesn’t fair as well as the other two covers.
As is occasionally the problem with Steve Stone’s art, this cover just comes off as too artificial. While I think the colour’s are fantastic, and there’s a fair amount of tension in the artwork, it just feels like Stone phoned this one in, without instilling much interest or charisma into the art. A shame considering how nice the other two recently released covers are.
What do you think?
Taken from Terry Brooks’ Official Forum:
Princess Mistaya Holiday hasn’t been fitting in too well at Carrington Women’s Preparatory. People don’t seem to appreciate her using her magic to settle matters in the human world. So when she summons a dragon to teach a lesson to the snotty school bully, she finds herself suspended. But Mistaya couldn’t care less – she wants nothing more than to continue her studies under Questor the court magician and Abernathy the court scribe. However, her father Ben Holiday, the King of Landover, has rather different plans in mind for her. He thinks he’ll teach her about perseverance and compromise by sending her to renovate Libiris, the long-abandoned royal library. How horribly dull. But before long, Mistaya will long for the boredom of cataloguing an unfeasible number of derelict books – for deep within the library there lies a secret so dangerous that it threatens the future of Landover itself …
I love it. Simple, I suppose, but the colours really seal the deal for me. Steve Stone’s artwork can be hit or miss when it comes to Fantasy covers, but this one works for me. Much better than the bland UK Cover art.
Or maybe it’s just my inner Terry-Brooks-fanboy coming out. What do you think?
Stolen from the official Pyr blog:
Very similar in design to the recently released cover art for Tom Lloyd’s The Grave Thief, but somehow I feel it works much better here. The colour palette and the imagery is much more intense, for one thing.
What do you think?
Orbit Books is re-releasing Jeff Somer’s novels, The Electric Church, The Digital Plague in Mass Market Paperback, and decided new covers were in order:
Along with those two is the cover for his third novel, The Eternal Prison, due in Trade Paperback in Fall 2009, with a MMPB version to follow in Spring 2010:
As is their habit, Orbit goes into detail about the creation of the new covers:
For your viewing pleasure, this week I present the brand-spanking-new mass Market versions of THE ELECTRIC CHURCH, THE DIGITAL PLAGUE, and THE ETERNAL PRISON by Jeff Somers. The original trade paperback covers (design by Keith Hayes, art by Jae Lee) are some of my favorite Orbit covers, but we decided to shake it up a bit for the mass market releases. This series is a noir detective story set in an apocalyptic future, and its cyberpunk feel simultaneously reminded me of a William Gibson book, Blade Runner, and some of my favorite video games.
Jeff’s books sold well in trade paperback, but he’s a new author with a great voice, so we’re releasing him again in mass market to give him a chance to pick up new readers who may be willing to take a chance on a new author at a cheaper cover price. Since that’s the case, it only makes sense to redesign the covers — if a reader saw the original covers and really loved them, it’s implied that they picked up the books already, so why not go after the readers you missed? This works well in the case of this series, because the original covers, though gorgeous (in my opinion), were a little quiet. By quiet, I mean, they didn’t tell you just from the cover exactly what you could expect from the book. These books mix Jason Bourne — level action with Matrix-style apocalyptic futurism. Hopefully people who are interested in reading that kind of thing will see these covers and go “oooh, fun” and pick them up.
The original covers can be found HERE. I have to say, thought the originals were nice, these ones knock them out of the water! I’m a big fan of the bold, single colour design.