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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Black Ships’ vs. ‘The Age of Zeus’ vs. ‘Empire in Black and Gold’

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10 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Black Ships’ vs. ‘The Age of Zeus’ vs. ‘Empire in Black and Gold’

  1. I like Black Ships the best because it’s a bit simpler but still very interesting.

  2. Jack Tingle // December 28, 2009 at 1:49 pm //

    The Black Ships – simple, classic, and memorable. Rather like the novel. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This one is easier than the last few have been for me.  John Jude Palencar wins it hands down.  His women are beautiful! 

  4. I really like the Black Ships cover but it’s a bit plain to me.  I have to say I’m diggin’ on the angry wasp-men more.  Those guys are pissed!

  5. Definitely Black Ships – cleaner, simpler and not as on the nose as the other two.

  6. Black Ships.  John Jude Palencar would win against most artists, hands down.  He has a much cleaner sense of design, and his textures fascinate me.

  7. I like Black Ships, too, but mostly because it’s how I saw Gull in my mind’s eye, and Jo loves it too. ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite, thought, has to be Empire in Black and Gold; I tried to read it last year, couldn’t get into it, but that cover is just so good that I’ll give it another try. The Age of Zeus is awesome, too.  

  8. It’s The Age of Zeus for me.  The juxtaposition of the head and the scene makes it interesting for me.  It’s certainly a cover that would make me stop, pick up the book and read the back.

  9. I really love the art for Black Ships, but (knowing abosoluting nothing about the book) I can’t seem to wrap my head around how the title works with the art.

    The Age of Zeus is really effective with the juxtaposition, and I like how the title separates Zeus from the military guys.

  10. Definitely Age of Zeus, but Empire is a close 2nd.  Black Ships just looks like a common fantasy novel.

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