I’m a little confused. It’s a strong cover and it certainly communicates Joe Abercrombie’s style. But, it’s a real departure from the previous Orbit hardcover releases (as seen below).
Instead, Orbit has opted to continue with the style from the trade paperback releases.
Why? I’m sure the reasons are some combination of: the trade covers sold better, the editorial team prefers them, or it costs too much to do two separate cover designs for hardcover and trade. I’m not sure any of those reasons are particularly persuasive to me. Trades often sell better because they’re cheaper. I like having two separate styles for the hardcover and trade releases. More importantly, I like having my Joe Abercrombie hardcovers look consistent on the shelf. I also really don’t dig on photo realistic covers. I much prefer the stylized interpretations, something the previous Abercrombie covers have done tremendously.
What do you think?
Oh, and that appears to be Logen Ninefingers on the Red Country cover. I’m still not sure how to feel about getting Logen back. I was just coming to grips with having him gone for good.