Yesterday I brought you the cover art for Under Heaven, the next novel from popular Canadian author Guy Gavriel Kay. Now today, thanks to Alec at Bright Weavings, I have a look at the equally impressive North American cover.

Under Heaven by Guy Gavriel Kay

Taking a more literary route, the North American cover embraces the Asian underpinnings of the novel as surely as the UK cover. Though I enjoy the character art on the other cover, I can’t complain about them being left off here in favour of the armoured horse and the Kanji. This is one of those rare cases where the North American cover art just ekes out the victory. I expect this is one of those novels that will look really sharp when you pick it up in a bookstore. Either way, you really can’t go wrong with whichever version is released in your region.

  • Arcelor November 8, 2009 at 8:09 am

    For once the US cover art is way better than the UK one, I really liked the cover and this would be 1 book, I would purely bite on even if I didn’t know Jack bout the author & since I do this is a super situation for me.

    The UK cover in comparison just looks so drab & the mandatory Chinese personae look as if they belong to a Chinese martial art film poster!

  • Kendall November 8, 2009 at 10:09 am

    I like both but yeah, slightly prefer the US cover–better composition and I REALLY like the colors better.

  • Patrick November 8, 2009 at 11:17 am

    The US cover is far superior.