KING OF THORNS by Mark Lawrence

Another Fantasy cover, another hooded figure.

So, why do I like this one when so many others have frustrated and left me feeling hollow? There’s panache, it’s got chutzpah, character, personality. Seemingly influenced by Michael Komarck’s famous portrait of Jaime Lannister, the main character of Lawrence’s trilogy just oozes charisma. He looks like an absolute jackass, but somehow you want to know more about him and the situation that led to him lounging confidently on a throne atop a pile of dead bodies. What’s he holding. Who is he?

It also helps that the cover is entirely illustrated, instead of a photo manipulation featuring Mark Charan Newton in a hood with a photoshopped sword of fireball super-imposed over his white knuckles.

  • Horus October 18, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I’ve personally never came across a single photoshoped cover (using a real person? that I like. They always seem cheap and nasty to me, like they couldn’t be bothered to do it right!

    Btw Aidan, long time reader of the Blog. Gotta say I love it.


  • Mark Lawrence October 19, 2011 at 2:09 am

    I’m very pleased with it! I’m conflicted on the whole hooded-man thing. I know they sell! I also know that whatever Jorg was shown unhooded on the cover might conflict with readers’ expectations (and mine) and upset them. On the other hand, it might match well and enhance the cover… The Dutch cover for Prince of Thorns (Prins der Wrake) shows a Jorg in some detail & I quite like it. Also I got Miserere yesterday and it shows what I presume are three main protagonists full face and is an excellent cover… I guess at the end of it all, I’d like to see him unhooded but _exactly_ as I imagine him :)