An astute poster over at Brooks’ official forums, ardrhys11892, dug out the cover for Terry Brooks’ upcoming novel, The Gypsy Morph, which is the conclusion to The Genesis of Shannara Trilogy.

The Gypsy Morph by Terry Brooks

I’m a huge fan of the trilogy, which is the best stuff Brooks’ has written in ages, but I’m not sure how much I like the cover for the third and final volume. Definitely a disappointment after the wicked cover for his previous novel, The Elves of Cintra.

  • Tia Nevitt May 3, 2008 at 2:15 am

    Do you think they put it in the fiery vortex to add interest? It does make me wonder about the people who appear to be herded onto a bridge, so in that manner it’s effective for me.

  • Joe Sherry May 3, 2008 at 4:18 am

    It’s an interesting cover, but I really haven’t dug any of the new covers.

    You know which one I really liked? Ilse Witch. With the vellum overlay.

    That was a cool cover.

  • aidan May 3, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Shawn Speakman, Brooks’ webmaster and one of the few that have read the novel, says that the scene depipicted on the cover is important to the story, so that’s always a good sign.

    I’m not sure about the fiery vortex, I assume it’s just to bring things in line with The Elves of Cintra. Apparently the colour of the swirls used to be more in line with the centre image – greys and earthtones – which Shawn preferred, so we’ll see if Del Rey doesn’t alter the cover again at some point.

    Ilse Witch definitely had one of my favourite covers. It was interesting and literary without being bland. I really liked the cover for The Elves of Cintra, but I’m not sure I dig the covers for the other two. It seems like Del Rey just doesn’t know exactly who they’re trying to target.

  • Sara J. May 4, 2008 at 10:40 am

    I find the contrast in earthy tones and the bright fiery colours doesn’t really work for me, and the fire swirl seems like a cop out in comparison to The Elves of Cintra. Some of the newer covers out on shelves leave me wondering who thought designs like that would even approach a good idea, but that’s marketing for you I guess.

  • thrinidir May 5, 2008 at 4:18 am

    A terrible cover…

  • Sean May 5, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Agree with the above posts on the cover. But personally I didn’t love the last trilogies by Mr. Brooks as his early stuff. He introduced me to not only fantasy, but good fantasy. AFter starting out with Sword and Wishsong and wonderfull charactars and storylines such as Quickening and Pe’el and Par and Coll, I was ultimately left disappointed with the voyage trilogy, and personally enjoyed the ghosts even less. They were too formulaic, and in the case with the ghosts, redundant.

    But to each thier own, and I have heard many say they think this may be his best work yet, I can’t see it, but some think so.

  • GFS3 May 5, 2008 at 5:44 pm

    You nailed it right. Very poor cover.

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