Monday, 8 July 2013

Cover Art! 'Seven Forges' (James A. Moore)

It's been a busy day today and it's shaping up to be an even busier week with an interview on Wednesday (go me!) along with the deadline for my next 'Black Company Re-Read' post (could be a late night on Wednesday...) I've got stuff that I want to write about here but finding the time to do that is proving problematic...

What you have instead then for today is some slightly disappointing cover art from our friends at Angry Robot. I say 'disappointing' as they are usually a lot better than this...

While I do like the suspiciously metallic looking hand, I'm not too keen on the hood that cannot decide whether it's a hood or, in fact, human hair. I'm also not too sure about Angry Robot's approach to the whole 'too many hooded characters on fantasy covers' either ("Lets give him a big scarf, then it will be totally different from all the other 'hooded covers' out there...") They are only little things but it is the little things that count, for me anyway, and the end result is a cover that although well drawn isn't as easy on the eye as it could be.
It's a good job then that the blurb does its job a lot more effectively...

The people of Fellein have lived with legends for many centuries. To their far north, the Blasted Lands, a legacy of an ancient time of cataclysm, are vast, desolate and impassable, but that doesn't stop the occasional expedition into their fringes in search of any trace of the ancients who once lived there - and oft-rumoured riches. Captain Merros Dulver is the first in many lifetimes to find a path beyond the great mountains known as the Seven Forges and encounter, at last, the half forgotten race who live there. And it would appear that they were expecting him. As he returns home, bringing an entourage of the strangers with him, he starts to wonder whether his discovery has been such a good thing. For the gods of this lost race are the gods of war, and their memories of that far-off cataclysm have not faded.

Just let me get this week out of the way and I'll be having some of that I think. Has anyone else read 'Seven Forges' yet?

1 comment:

  1. You're right - it looks intriguing but it's been done before. Hopefully publishers will break out of using the hooded figure on the cover sometime soon.