• Josiah Cadicamo December 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Honestly all the flack you caught over the north american cover was pretty supercilious. I think it looked great. I think it was a brave move to have a sexual woman on the cover, at least for a fantasy book. No one would have batted an eye if it had been a romance novel . . .

    This one’s nice too. Not as brave at all though. In fact for that very reason i dont appreciate it nearly as much.

  • Ollie December 7, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    Not a fan of this, yet another generic fantasy cover, where is the flair, the sophistication? Seems to me to be a cliched oriental/eastern style? Just my opinion of course.

  • Natalie December 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    You didn’t catch flak for liking it. What you got “yelled at” for was thinking it wasn’t over sexualized. It’s lovely. The come hither eyes. The filmy swirl of fabric that hints at what is beneath. Perfect for a romance novel. BECAUSE IT’S SEXUALIZED. But it is nice that she kept most of her face, and her boobs and ass aren’t hanging out. And she isn’t wearing a chain mail bikini. That’s fresh for fantasy women.

  • Laura December 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    I prefer this one. I like blue too. :)

  • Nadine December 8, 2012 at 2:26 am

    I agree with the people above. It wasn’t that the US cover wasn’t popular, just the fact that the woman on it clearly had that sexy and smouldering thing going on. I still like the red cover a lot because it’s more striking.
    But at least the UK girl (also very pretty) gets to hold a knife while her heavily made-up eyes tell you to come and get her. :)

    Honestly, I couldn’t care less if women on covers are over-sexualised. I’m a woman and my eyes get drawn to pictures of pretty girls, too. It’s a smart marketing move.

  • Scott December 9, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    I give this one a BIT more of a pass than the first one posted…but I still think it looks like a Kushiel cover.

    My issues with it are less about sexualization (though the first cover was rife with that, this one less so)…more to do with this not fitting the tone of the other two covers. There is a muted colour tone to the first and second book, and it’s abandoned on book 3 clearly, and that doesn’t sit right with the graphic designer in me.

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