Duck and Covers: Are you not entertained?!

I wish Raymond Swanland did more cover work. No one captures motion like he does. Admittedly, his style is so unique as to be almost one-note, but I love it nevertheless. Here he is with a new novel from K.V. Johansen and Pyr. I feel like Swanland really should be illustrating X-Men when I see The Lady.


Also from Pyr are two new novels, one of which is MC Planck’s Sword of the Bright Lady, with, of course, a revolving rifle on the cover. From what I can glean, Planck’s novel was originally (self?) published in 2010 or there about. The cover seems to be playing up the success of Brian McClellan’s Promise of Blood or Django Wexler The Thousand Names, but the blurb seems more aligned with John Carter goes to medieval fantasy. Oddly, Planck’s previous novel, The Kassa Gambit, was pretty classic space opera and published by Tor. The other Pyr novel, Falling Sky, is a steampunk post-apocalypse yarn by Rajan Khanna, gets a Chris McGrath cover that, per McGrath’s style, seems to communicate western style urban fantasy. To say the least both novels confuse me greatly.

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I saved the best for last–Rebecca Levene’s Smiler’s Fair with cover by Tim McDonagh. If the blurb is anything to go off it sounds like a cross between Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus and Steven Erikson’s Malazan Book of the Fallen. To say the least, gorgeous cover or no, I’m in…

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