Thursday, 7 June 2012

Cover Art! 'Stormdancer' (Jay Kristoff)

Work is giving me a good kicking at the moment (still prefer it to not being in work though), and I spent a large part of yesterday evening trying to get the little one off to sleep, so todays review becomes tomorrows interview instead. Again, I know... On the plus side, everything is getting backed up so much that there's a time coming when there will be nothing but wall to wall reviews for a whole month at least (maybe). Thanks for bearing with me ;o)

In the meantime... I can't believe that's it been over a year since I wrote this post about Jay Kristoff's 'Stormdancer' being acquired by MacMillan (Tor UK over here, Thomas Dunne over there) and how I wasn't that sure about it. Turns out that sixteen months is more than long enough for me to look past the unfortunate 'Eragon' comparison and focus on the cool stuff instead (like chainsaw katanas, I'll have some of that thanks!) Subject to my being able to get hold of a copy I'll be reading 'Stormdancer' and aiming for something a little faster than my normal tardy reviews... The book itself isn't due for release until around September (although ARCs are starting to find their way to people now I think) which gives me a little time :o)

Until then, have a little blurb and tell me if you'd go for the UK or US cover. This time round I honestly can't chose between the two. Blurb first,

The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.
But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

And now, have some cover art...

 The US Cover.

The UK Cover.

I still can't call it between the two, which would you go for?


shaneo52 said...

I cant call it either, first tie I think I've ever seen...I like the font and artwork on the UK, but the colors and tattooed chick on the US is cool too. Tie!

GunMetalBlue said...

Both covers are awesome...and I will read the hell out of this book when it drops! Sounds fantastic.

Elfy said...

I generally prefer UK covers, but the US one kicks all kind of butt on this one. I'm yet to see a topper for Joey Hi Fi's cover of Blackbirds, yet.

Anonymous said...

The us cover is the better cover no doubt.

Vins said...

The US one definitely wins this one for me. Not necessarily because it is that much better but because I think it goes better with the description of the book.
The UK one is a little bit too evocative of "traditional" oriental themes and doesn't even hint at supernatural.
On the other hand neither cover even goes anywhere near what I suppose is the main theme...and that is steampunk.

Unknown said...

I'm going for the UK version on this one. I prefer a bit of landscape on my covers :)

shaneo52 said...

UK does usually get the better ones for some odd reason. But yeah might have to give this one to the good ole US of A!