• Seth May 24, 2008 at 1:16 pm

    I haven’t seen the US cover, but I do like this one. I often like the UK covers better than the US ones. Publishers seem to think that Americans want to be dazzled by bright colors and elaborate artwork, when, as you said, sometimes simplicity wins the day. A good example is the Discworld series. The American mass market paperbacks look cartoonish and cheesy, while the UK trade paperback editions are simple and tasteful.

  • aidan May 24, 2008 at 2:12 pm


    I went ahead and amended the original post with a link to the US cover. I meant to do that in the first place!

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks some of the American publishers go a little overboard with some of the covers they put together. And then they wonder why they can’t sell their novels to anyone but the hardcore fantasy readers!

  • Robert May 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Neither one really excites me, but if I had to choose I would go with the UK version…

  • WeariedJuggler May 25, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    Yeah I’m not so hot on either of them. I like the colors of the US version a little more, but the UK cover is slightly cooler anyway…

  • Incubus Jax May 26, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    I’d rather have the UK cover for this one. Then I’d have a more complete set… a cool minimalist book 1 cover, a sweet fantasy book 2 cover, then a UK book 3 cover. Makes about as much sense as having the US cover book 3 cover. ;)

    I get the message of the US book 3 cover though… the burning of the world with the Knight of the Word looking on as the kids cross over into the garden of the King of Silver River… Looks crappy though.

  • heather (errantdreams) May 27, 2008 at 8:46 am

    I definitely prefer the UK version. The US version is just kind of… there. The UK version at least seems to have some emotion to it.

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