Beautiful, isn’t it? It reminds me quite a bit of the cover for Adam Robert’s award winning Jack Glass. Gospel for Loki is a different artist though, coming from the minds of Andreas Preis with additional design by Craig Fraser. Did you notice the cool Rainbow Bridge in the back left corner? Very cool Norse themes to it. The blurb for the title sounds particularly bad ass too.
Loki, that’s me.
Loki, the Light-Bringer, the misunderstood, the elusive, the handsome and modest hero of this particular tissue of lies. Take it with a pinch of salt, but it’s at least as true as the official version, and, dare I say it, more entertaining.
So far, history, such as it is, has cast me in a rather unflattering role.
Now it’s my turn to take the stage.
With his notorious reputation for trickery and deception, and an ability to cause as many problems as he solves, Loki is a Norse god like no other. Demon-born, he is viewed with deepest suspicion by his fellow gods who will never accept him as one of their own and for this he vows to take his revenge.
From his recruitment by Odin from the realm of Chaos, through his years as the go-to man of Asgard, to his fall from grace in the build-up to Ragnarok, this is the unofficial history of the world’s ultimate trickster.
It gives me a bit of a Christopher Moore Lamb and Madeline Miller The Song of Achilles combo vibe. Thoughts?
On to the less impressive covers.
The Michael Martinez cover, the first book completely put together by the Skyhorse Night Shade team, looks like stock art thrown underneath a regurgitated top from the beautifully composed original Night Shade cover of The Daedalus Incident. It may not be the final cover. We can only hope. Meanwhile, the Kickstarted War Stories is a complete train wreck of type setting. I really like Galen Dara’s art, but there’s way too much dead space at the top. The title needs to be MUCH larger and more dynamic. Really a wasted opportunity in my opinion.
And finally…this is hard for me. I adore the art of Kekai Kotaki, but… well… just look….
What in the hell is going on here? There’s like these knights with knives for legs and some dude in a steampunk suit inside a magic bubble with some ladies, one of whom has a bare midriff. This cover is a train wreck. The art is fine, and awesome in places, but what the hell kind of novel is this? If I’d never read Hannu Rajaniemi I’d run the other way. Screaming.
Who’s with me?