“Nights of Villjamur” UK Paperback Cover

Here’s the UK paperback cover for Nights of Villjamur. As you can see, it’s quite different from the original, and the yellow font will be gold-embossed on the physical copy. The photo work was by Richard Jones.

This will be published in June 2010, alongside City of Ruin in hardcover.

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  1. I suppose a cover with a person on it was inevitable. But I really like this, though not as much as the HB.

    When is the paperback out? (and congratulations!)

  2. Thanks! I shall make an edit – it’s out June 2010, side by side with City of Ruin in hardcover.

  3. yeah the hardback wins in terms of style but this is another great cover. 🙂

  4. Can I just add that the colours are really much better than this on our print outs! I’m not sure why it all looks so grey. It’s more ominous teal-looking sky with shadows – not quite so monochrome…

  5. I’ve just seen the slight grey tone on one or two of the bloggers’ sites. Strange, since it’s the same image. I think it looks strong either way!

  6. He looks nothing like Russell Brand 😉
    I assume it’s Randur on the cover?

  7. Hey Neil. Well, pretty close…! And yep, that’s the chap in question.

  8. Probably best not to be too similar or lawyers would be calling.
    I’m not a huge fan of the “human on the front” fantasy cover but it seems a good one for that approach. At least he isn’t wielding his sword in the generic fashion.
    At the end of the day, I already have a copy so you don’t need to convince me to pick the book up at a store.

  9. I would have approved of this more had they managed to convince you to model for the cover.

  10. Agreed re. “human on the front” covers” – much prefer my lovely hardback, minus Byronic swordsman. Congrats though Mark!

  11. Good heavens – I’d love to make the modelling suggestion to my editor just to see the reaction on her face.

    Thanks, Alex. In all honesty, I couldn’t decide between them. They very different, each pressing different buttons for me and commercially. I’ll settle for the one that sells the most books! 🙂

  12. Go for it!

    I like the cover, by the way. Only one question: why Randur? Not *his* book, precisely…

  13. Well, it’s no one character’s book, but his is as good a viewpoint as any, I guess. Brynd will most likely make it to book two (and has on the hardcover).

  14. ‘Well, it’s no one character’s book…’

    So you picked the prettiest one, I see. 😀

  15. It’s not bad, but I think it’d look better without the fellow on the cover. Keep it bleak, snowy, and just the city in the background. That’s my 2p contribution to the discussion.

  16. I’m a stat fan (and scientist) so ideally would like to see dome figures that back this “guy on the cover” claim. They must exist or publishers would be wasting time and effort.

    Your point on being similar to other books strikes me as odd. George RR Martin’s “A song of ice and fire” series and Robert Jordan’s “Wheel of time” series, in the uk at least (I’ve seen the god-awful fantasy art covers) all have emblems on the front. These seem to do pretty well and seem like good books to grab a comparison off for your series. They have the benefit of building a reputation already but the sales by cover similarity argument still stands.

    I don’t know what the original “Twilight” covers were but the most common ones are the ones with chess pieces etc on them.

    I’m not for or against the covers. (although I actually think it makes sense to change from hardback to softccover (you may even get collectors buying both). I’m just pointing out that the article arguments for the “model cover” can also be applied to the “non-model” covers too.

    I think an excellent compromise are seen in R.Scott Bakkers “prince of nothing” series which probably keeps everyone happy and still manages to maintain its own identity.

  17. oops. The above post should be in the “on artwork” discussion. Is it ok if i post it again in the correct place?

    I got caught up in my rant!

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