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Cover Unveiled for Ken Scholes's Antiphon (new look for series)

Tor is repackaging Ken Scholes's The Psalms of Isaak series with art by the always awesome Chris McGrath made famous for his work in Urban Fantasy, but he seems to be getting more and more general Fantasy work lately with the relaunch of The First Law trilogy and Sturges's Midwinter series just to mention a couple.

UPDATE: Tor redid the coloring and altered the art a bit from the first shown.

(Final Print Version)

(First version released)

Tor has aimed for more of a character centric look, which works well for the series. I especially like the type treatment and the bird icon prevalent on both covers. I'm always a sucker for a series logo such as this. First up we have the cover to the highly anticipated Antiphon, which is the third book in the series and will be released this September. This one sports a very hardened and fierce looking Neb depicted in the rough Churning Waste. UPDATE: Tor smartly made Neb look younger in the final version. He was looking a little grizzled for someone just in his twenties even given everything he has been through. But I did like the orange more. It just stood out better.

 Next up we have the mass market edition of the second volume Canticle. This will precede Antiphon with a release in August. In this version we see Jin Li Tam in all her glory. I'll miss the large group scenes done for the first two hardcovers by Greg Manchess, but these should certainly appeal to the wide audience Scholes deserves.

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Unknown said...

Son of a frakking $#@*!#

Why can't they leave the covers to my books consistent? I loved the original covers with the fantastic artwork.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it...

Very angry with Tor right now...

Mad Hatter Review said...

I hear you. I hate when that happens. But the publishers have to do what they think is best for the long term success of a series.

Anonymous said...

What did they do to these covers? They were gorgeous. Now they're a bit bleh!

Rye said...

I concur with Patrick and Anon; these new covers are inferior. I especially despise the cartoonish type. I hope Tor knows what it's doing, because it's so weird how almost all of these business decisions that are supposedly sprung from careful market research make no sense to me. So much so that phrases like "best for the long term success of a series" sound like excuses to placate angry fans. If the publishers are going to do something as significant as change a book's cover, the improvement should be so obvious and evident, it shouldn't require disclaimers.

Andrew said...

I have to agree with all the previous comments. The first two covers were outstanding. I HATE it when the covers change and they don't look like a cohesive series anymore. It's such a shame because they outdid themselves with Lamentation and Canticle. I may be a bit anal about it, but i'll search high and low for books to complete a series - if I start with paper, i'll wait to buy the new books rather than have some of each (paper and hardback). Why don't they leave well enough alone!!!

Wayne said...

Yep.. f**ked up economic rationalism strikes again! Marketing should be outlawed.

The Manchess covers were brilliant, stylish and original. The new covers look like.. well every other book cover!

Double bleh!