• Raphael July 14, 2011 at 1:30 am

    Good thing I get the (British?) paperback.

  • Calamity Jane July 14, 2011 at 1:30 am

    I couldn’t possibly have said it better. My first reaction was “what the hell??!”

  • Natasa July 14, 2011 at 2:01 am

    Why, oh WHY they have to belittle such a wonderful author with this cover is beyond me…

  • Tracy July 14, 2011 at 2:44 am

    Things like this make me miss Michael Whelan.

  • Phil July 14, 2011 at 4:38 am

    It strikes me as an average cover, not an abomination. What’s so wrong with it?

  • Neal July 14, 2011 at 5:51 am

    Oh my god! It’s Donkey’s lover the dragon from Shrek! That is so cool. Not that I’d buy it, mind.

  • aidan July 14, 2011 at 5:54 am

    @Phil — It looks like something I could make if I booted up an old, creaky version of 3D Studio Max. Not up to the professional level of the covers (even the crappy ones) produced by the other major publishers.

  • maarten July 14, 2011 at 6:21 am

    They could have published my Dragon; so Stop complaining!
    Don’t judge the …….

  • Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 8:39 am

    I’ve seen a helluva lot worse. For instance, the art on most of Mark Charan Newton’s novels since Villjamur has been absolutely terrible. The city on the cover of Book of Transformations looks like it was rendered on an Amiga somewhere around 1994. And at least there’s no brooding photorealistic figures (AAARGH), hooded assassins or leather-clad strippers on this one.

  • aidan July 14, 2011 at 8:41 am

    To be fair, they did remove the photorealistic ninja from the cover of The Book of Transformations.

  • Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 8:53 am

    Yeah, true. The city looks like something my games console could draw on the fly, though!

    The only criticism I’d give for this Hobb cover is the dragon: it’s basically as though they thought: “Aside from swordsmen or warrior-women, what’s can we put on here to attract the least discerning Fantasy readers possible? I know: a great big dragon”.

  • M. Alberts July 14, 2011 at 8:54 am

    Thankfully, the UK edition is bound to be much better, if a little bland, going by the recent covers of Hobb’s work.

  • A Fox July 14, 2011 at 8:57 am

    First off, i thought this was just a duo (randomly) so am very pleased.

    Secondly I am *actually* looking forward to the British cover! The new mettalic look is far superior to this 80’s dungeons and dragons vibe going on here!

  • Farseer September 24, 2011 at 2:14 am

    This was, but is no longer, the US cover for City of Dragons. The publishers have instead chosen to go with the Jackie Morris UK cover for both the UK/Australia AND US versions, and the same will be for Blood of Dragons (Book Four of RWC). I don’t bother too much about cover art (it’s the contents that truly count for me!) but I imagine there will be many who will be happy with this news?

  • aidan September 24, 2011 at 10:02 am

    Very, very good news, Farseer!