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Book Cover Smackdown: WIZARD OF THE GROVE vs. FOREST OF MEMORY vs. DOOM OF THE ELVES 2: THE END TIMES OMNIBUS

Are you ready? It’s time another Book Cover Smackdown! This time around, we have a sweet-looking batch of March releases going head-to-head in the eye candy department.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Pass artistic judgment!

Tell us:

  • Which of these covers do you like the most?
  • What works and what doesn’t work with these covers?
  • Do any of them make you want to learn more about and/or read the book?


 

Wizard of the Grove by Tanya Huff
(DAW | March 1, 2016 | Cover illustration artist: Yvonne Gilbert)

In the age of gods–dwarfs, centaurs, and other Elder Races roamed the lands freely, and the race of mortals was created as a mere plaything for Lord Death.

In the age of wizards–the power games of these immortal children of gods went too far, and so the dragons flew to bring wizards down in flames.

In the age of mortals–the Elder Races have withdrawn almost completely from the world of humans. But one wizard still survives, a master of evil bent upon domination. No mere mortal can stand against him, so the Elder Races have chosen to intervene one final time. Their gift is Crystal, the Child of the Grove, the last-born wizard who will ever walk the world. And thus the final battle is about to begin….

 


 

Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
(Tor.com | March 8, 2016 | Cover art by Victo Ngai; Design by Christine Foltzer)

Katya deals in Authenticities and Captures, trading on nostalgia for a past long gone. Her clients are rich and they demand items and experiences with only the finest verifiable provenance. Other people’s lives have value, after all.

But when her A.I. suddenly stops whispering in her ear she finds herself cut off from the grid and loses communication with the rest of the world.

The man who stepped out of the trees while hunting deer cut her off from the cloud, took her A.I. and made her his unwilling guest.

There are no Authenticities or Captures to prove Katya’s story of what happened in the forest. You’ll just have to believe her.

 


 

Doom of the Elves 2: The End Times Omnibus by S.P. Cawkwell, Graeme Lyon, Gav Thorpe and C.L. Werner
(The Black Library | March 24, 2016 | Cover illustration artist: unknown)

Omnibus containing two novels in the End Times series: The Curse of Khaine and Deathblade.

The Curse of Khaine – With Naggaroth besieged by the hordes of Chaos, the Witch King Malekith makes the decision to abandon the Land of Chill and make one final attempt to seize the throne of Ulthuan. All that stands in the Witch King’s way is the Regent of Ulthuan, Prince Tyrion, and the darkness within Malekith’s own soul, the call of the Curse of Khaine.

Deathblade – It has taken decades, but Malus Darkblade has finally plotted, schemed and murdered his way to power, as the ruler of the city of Hag Graef and general of the Witch King Malekith’s armies. Darkblade must decide where his loyalties lie – will he follow Malekith to the death, or will he finally rise up and try to claim the throne of Naggaroth for himself? And either way, will he survive?

 

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4 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown: WIZARD OF THE GROVE vs. FOREST OF MEMORY vs. DOOM OF THE ELVES 2: THE END TIMES OMNIBUS

  1. Forest of Memory, hands down. So evocative.

  2. Forest of Memory. Subtle but intriguing. Great calligraphy-like strokes in the drawing. Very effective restrained color. Barely visible blood drops in the snow. Outstanding

  3. Forest of Memory is amazing. I would have it as a post on my wall.

  4. “Wizard of the Grove” – the character seems to be cut out from the background, that seems to be added from the photo in the production, and adapted a little to the style of the drawing . The typography is standard to the bone. The drawing of the haracter is nice, but the cover is average in my opinion.

    “Forest od Memory” – Very good illustration and typography. Very nice cover.

    “Doom of the Elves” – With this empty space, that was made to make the
    typography clear, and to make the haracter even more vibrant, the illustration should be more detailed. Illustration has great concept and composition, but it is too much speedpainting-style. Between sketch and finished. It will lack the “wow” effect in print. The position of the title is good, but the authors are placed like “5 minutes, Turkisch”. Mayby it is caused by the series design, I don’t know. But in whole it is a good cover.

    I’m working with the book covers on the different market, so my opinions may be very different form this market reality, but good typo is a good typo, and great illustration is still great illustration, no matter where and when 😉

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