• neth April 20, 2012 at 9:15 am

    agreed. I’ve been pretty critical of Sweet’s WOT covers for a while, but this one looks like it would have been great. Especially fitting for the title of the book.

  • David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    I find it very interesting that there are “dots” within the different colors in the “yin-yang” cloud, as those aren’t present within the series. I wonder if that’s an error on Sweet’s part or something that’s going to be an issue in the final book… awesome!

  • David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Er, also–what makes you so sure Rand isn’t on the cover? Look closely at that elevated figure.

  • Aidan Moher April 20, 2012 at 9:19 am

    @David — Oh, interesting. At first I couldn’t grok what that was on the top of the pillar. The three ladies staring at it in dismay is certainly telling.

  • neth April 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

    It certainly looks like the fulfillment of the vision of interpreted as Elayne, Min and Aviendha mourning Rand’s death. Though, I don’t see a boat.

  • David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:25 am

    Haha yes indeed. Though personally I’m hoping Rand doesn’t _really_ die at the end. I’m hoping Sweet might be going for a more “metaphorical” image there since 1) while there seems to be an Elayne type (redhead), none of the other two make me think “Min” (still see her as a pants-wearin’ gal). In addition, I thought there was some prophecy about that former Seanchan slave who was supposed to have a role in Rand’s “death” (perhaps this image is set after that). R.I.P. Sweet & Jordan, in any case.

  • AM Lyvers April 20, 2012 at 9:30 am

    I didn’t notice the body on the pyre until it was pointed out. Shows how much I pay attention -_- Lovely colors though

  • Rob B April 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

    I can’t quite make out the body, either.

    This is a striking image. I wonder how much Whelan’s will differ.

  • Aidan Moher April 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

    @Rob B — It will differ significantly. Irene Gallo confirmed that Whelan is painting a different scene from the book.

  • neth April 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Whelan and Sweet were each given the same 3 scenes to choose from for their cover. Irene over at Tor has confirmed that she and Whelan came to the conclusion that they should use one of the other scenes for Whelan’s cover. So, the scene itself will be different. However, I’d expect thematic similarities that tie in with the title of the book – not triumph, but mourning and losss.

  • Rob B April 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

    STILL CAN’T SEE THE BODY. #robfail

  • AM Lyvers April 20, 2012 at 9:52 am

    It’s that horizontal thing with feet on top of the wood. Not being sarcastic. I didn’t see it either.

  • David H. April 20, 2012 at 9:55 am

    It’s a schooner!

  • Rob B April 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

    A-HA, I see it now! Thanks AM, I was looking at the image as a crucifix, thinking I should be seeing the feet at the bottom.

  • Corey P. April 20, 2012 at 10:02 am

    It is stunning. I’m wondering about location. It looks like dragonmount in the background but I always assumed this scene would take place near shayol goul.(sp?)

  • AM Lyvers April 20, 2012 at 10:21 am

    I thought it was some kind of altar and all the women were staring up at it like “How are we suppose to get up there?!” and bemoaning their predicament. All kidding aside, it’s still very ethereal.

  • Luke April 20, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Would be cool if they released this as a special edition or alternate cover or something.

  • Josiah April 20, 2012 at 12:27 pm

    What a great cover. Favorite of the series for sure.

  • pnorl April 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    Still not convinced there’s a body on top of that ‘pyre’.. or tree? How hard do I have to squint, or did you guys re-size the image?

    (File under ‘my eyes, my eyes! i can’t see my eyes!’)

  • Aidan Moher April 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    @pnorl — Click on the image to see a larger version of it!

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  • Vic DiGital April 21, 2012 at 4:16 am

    Well, in the spirit of the books, I think Whelan should just finish DKS’s painting.

  • pnorl April 21, 2012 at 4:48 am

    Haha, that easy huh? Doesn’t always have to be rocket science does it?!

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  • Shane April 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Wow, I have NEVER liked the WoT covers at all, but I actually think this one would have looked amazing.

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