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The Friday Face-Off: Just Then Flew Down a Monstrous Crow
The Last Mortal Bond (Chronicles of The Unhewn Throne #3) by Brian Staveley
Tor – US Cover
Cover art by Richard Anderson
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Tor UK – UK Cover
Cover art by (?)
The Friday Face-Off Winner is…
Tor – US Cover; Cover art by Richard Anderson
Look, anyone who follows my blog or has seen my comments on other’s blogs, should have known the instance they this cover, that regardless of what the other cover was, Anderson was going win. I love his art style – from the artistic talent to the coloring – and personally, I think he is the best cover artist out there right now.
Aside from Anderson’s art though, what else I do really like about the cover is the font of the title. See how all vowels are level at the top of the words rather than the bottom? Very good style choice.
I don’t actually think there is anything wrong with the UK. I’m a fan of the gripping sword, and the smoke around the border is pretty badass; and I like how every matches with the grey color. But again, Anderson is simply too talented an artist.