Raymond E. Feist — United Kingdom Reissues

I’m reading Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s A Memory of Light. It’s reminding me a lot of being a teenager when I fell in love with the Wheel of Time. During that same time, I also fell in love with Raymond Feist’s Riftwar novels, which are going to be reissued in the UK with these covers:

Raymond Fiest SilverthornRaymond Feist Darkness at Sethanon

Now, I’m not one to gripe. I mean, have I ever been unnecessarily critical of something? But, Jesus, really? Putting aside the fact that these are blatantly designed to appeal to the Twilight reader, don’t they also feel very… romancey? There’s absolutely nothing in Feist’s books that gives this feel. They’re not Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell in a second world. No. Raymond Feist is Robert Jordan and Terry Brooks and David Eddings. Why do we insist on calling a spade everything but what it is?

Can’t we just remember these books as they’re supposed be?

Original Darkness at SethanonOriginal SilverthornOriginal Magician

I love my fantasy covers. Stop taking them away.

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  • Rob B December 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Great minds think alike, sir.

  • Stephan December 19, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    That’s just ridiculous. It’s like these covers were issued by someone who didn’t even read the books, and just made covers based on the titles.

    I wonder how many teenage girls will buy these.

  • nrlymrtl December 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    I agree – the old Feist covers are better. I like covers to be a bit complex, so that I can keep referring to them as the story progresses.

  • Bob @ Beauty in Ruins December 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm

    Couldn’t agree more – they reek of a desperate attempt to achieve some sort of romantic, urban fantasy appeal.

    It’s a shame, because , with his final Riftwar novel on the way, I’m just getting back into Feist and remembering those same teenage thoughts/feelings you mentioned.

  • Paul (@princejvstin) December 20, 2012 at 6:30 am

    Yeah, these covers do not work at all. Can I use the word deceptive?

  • T.C. McCarthy December 20, 2012 at 6:50 am

    You complete me.

  • Joel December 20, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Speaking of Fiest cover art, please to explain:


  • Mieneke December 21, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Totally agreed!

  • kamo December 21, 2012 at 7:09 pm

    Much as I don’t really care for the usual swords/cowls/moody backdrops of traditional fantasy covers, gotta agree with you here.

    Could have been worse, I suppose. They could have tried for the ‘Fifty Shades’ angle and gone for dual-tone photos of random office attire. One bandwagon’s as good as another…

  • Robert Mammone December 22, 2012 at 4:47 am

    The covers do the books a grave injustice. Awful, awful, awful.

  • Jens December 27, 2012 at 10:22 am

    I like the second cover but not for the Feist book, it would be perfect for a gaslamp fantasy or maybe a pre-modern conspiracy novel.

    The problem is, of course, that those who buy the books expecting a saccharine (fantasy) romance will be disappointed while potential new fans who would like the books won’t be tempted to give them try with these covers.
    Which is a shame.

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