WARDS OF FAERIE BY TERRY BROOKS
This is the cover for the first volume in the The Dark Legacy of Shannara trilogy, published by Del Rey.
I'm really not sure what to think of it. It's pretty minimalistic for a Fantasy cover, and I have no idea from the cover what the novel is about. I assume the covers for the nest two books will be in a similar style, and I think it may look better when seen together with those. But I also think it will to some degree stand out in the Fantasy section as it is.
THE FORGE OF DARKNESS BY STEVEN ERIKSON
The first book in a new trilogy form Steven Erikson, and Tor Books, set in the world of The Malazan Book of the Fallen.
This is pretty much a generic Fantasy cover, and I am a bit disappointed by it. It does look good, but I feel that this is very much a cover that could have grazed any Fantasy book ever published. My first thought was that it was a cover for a new edition of The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks. I am of course excited by a new Malazan book by Erikson, but I wish the cover was more special.
THE DIRTY STREETS OF HEAVEN BY TAD WILLIAMS
Another first book of a new trilogy from an established Fantasy author (, looks like the trend this year.) This from Tad Williams and published by Daw Books (US) and Hodder & Stoughton (UK).
I actually liked this cover. It's not very original, but it seems to be a very good representation of what the book is about from what I have read. This is a book I am very excited about, Williams is a great author.
INEXPLICABLES BY CHERIE PRIEST
Cover art: Cliff Nielsen
The cover for a new installment in Cherie Priest's The Clockwork Century series. Published by Tor Books.
I love this series, and I have really liked the covers for the previous books. This cover fits in nicely with the earlier ones, and I think it looks great. I can't wait to find out what the character on the cover is staring at.
BLOOD AND FEATHERS BY LOU MORGAN
Cover art: Simon Parr
This is the cover for the debut novel coming from author Lou Morgan, to be published by Solaris Books.
This is an excellent cover, it really comes out at you. The red figure on the black background is a nice contrast. Even though I know Lou online and have been excited to read her book since I first heard about it, this cover managed to get me even more excited. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on this one.
BLACKWOOD BY GWENDA BOND
Cover art: Steven Wood
This is not only the cover for the first novel by Gwenda Bond, it is also the first cover we've seen from new publishing imprint Strange Chemistry.
This is not a final cover, and there will obviously be some text added to this before it is in the shops. It really is a lovely cover, and I was already looking forward to the book, this has made me want it more. The colours, the woman, and that snake...it's really brilliant, I want it as a poster. And I can't wait to see what covers Strange Chemistry comes up with after this one.
I hoped you liked my first cover reveal post. I will be keeping an eye on the internet for more cover reveals in the future, and there will be more of these posts on the blog from time to time.
What did you think of these covers? The comments are open.