Art by Todd Lockwood
One of the most exciting things about the upcoming release of Wards of Faerie, a new Shannara trilogy by stalwart Fantasy writer Terry Brooks, is that, for the first time since The Wishsong of Shannara, in the ’80s, the novel will feature artwork to go alongside Brooks’ story. It’s doubly exciting because they chose one of my favourite artists, Todd Lockwood, to do the art. I’ve always felt that Lockwood and Shannara would be a good mix. Having read Wards of Faerie, I think he nailed the feel and look of Brooks’ characters and world.
The above image is kinda small, but Lockwood also made some detail shots available, to give us a closer look at some of the characters.
Great work. I can’t wait to see the rest when Wards of Faerie comes out this summer. I know Brooks gets a hard time nowadays, and he’s been writing some hit-or-miss novels for the past several years, but Wards of Faerie is one of his better novels and I hope other fans are as excited as I am to see where he takes the trilogy.
Art by Donato Giancola
Along with Range of Ghosts, Elizabeth Bear’s The Eternal Sky Trilogy has featured some of the best Fantasy cover art in years. This is gorgeous, and I applaud Tor’s effort to promote and capture the ethnic diversity of Bear’s work and her characters. Beautiful, important and powerful.
Artist Jack Fish created these out of a desire “to engage new/younger/different readers who may not have considered picking up the series before.” I think the accomplished this well, by making the cover bright and interesting, without making them look like children’s books. There’s a wonderful sense of journey and continuity to the covers and a classic feel that a lot of Fantasy novels lack these days. Read More »
Gorgeous. Like, really gorgeous. And a step up even from the impressive early version that leaked a few weeks ago. I say this despite the hooded figure on the cover, which is saying something. It’ll look even more sharp if they end up using the foil-stamp technique that we saw on the paperback edition of The Black Prism. Good job to Lauren Panepinto, artists Shirley Green, Silas Manhood, and the Orbit Books crew.
Presented without much comment, other than that that Bambi poster is suitably terrifying and beautiful. Terribly stylish, I’m already in love with artist Rowan Stocks-Moore’s work. More of his Disney posters can be found on his official portfolio. Stocks-Moore also has a Facebook page and a twitter account, if you’re interested in seeing more of his art and learning more about these wonderful creations.