Behold: The Cover

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My editor, Ross Lockhart, just forwarded me the artwork for The Winds of Khalakovo. In a word, wowee zowee. Ok, that's two, but this deserves two, and a whole lot more. The artist is Adam Paquette, and I think he did a wonderful job.

I love how the ships came out. And I love, love, love the castle on the mountain. For those following along at home, that is, of course, Palotza Radiskoye. The golden light and the dark, menacing clouds fit the mood of Winds to a tee. The river down below and the onion domes on the small fort to the left are great as well.

I think it's sort of cool how you don't know what's up with the ship flying so low. Is it running away? Are the other ships after it? And it's cool that it's set at the break of day. With the low, yellow light and the fog off the water. Wow. I'm stunned.

I think it hits the mark very well. The cover is not simply art. It's a marketing tool. And I think this speaks to the right segment of the market: epic fantasy readers.

Let me know what you think! I'm going to go back to staring at it for a while…

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25 Comments

  1. Martha Wells

    November 29, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Wow, that's gorgeous!

  2. Brad

    November 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    My sentiments exactly. ::glows::

    BTW, I loved your cover for The Cloud Roads.

  3. Martha Wells

    November 29, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks, I loved it too!  The artist did a fantastic job.

  4. Jon Hansen

    November 29, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Dude, that's georgous!

  5. Jon Hansen

    November 29, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    By which I mean, gorgeous. Grr.
     

  6. Brad

    November 29, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks, Jon! I kind of like georgous. It has a ring to it. A scary, off-kilter ring, but a ring nonetheless.

  7. Barbara Webb

    November 29, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    I have to echo the rest.  Gorgeous!  I love it.

  8. Brad

    November 29, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Thanks, Barb!

  9. Eugene

    November 29, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Jackpot! That is stunning. I would judge a book with such a cover quite favorably.

  10. Brad

    November 29, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks, Eugene! That's what I'm hoping for!

  11. Sara

    November 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    ooooooooo I love it! 

  12. Dan

    November 29, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    That artwork looks amazing Brad.  I am so happy that your dreams are being made a reality :)

  13. Brad

    November 29, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks, Sara and Dan!

  14. Al Bogdan

    November 30, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Fantastic cover art! Definitely a cover that will entice readers to journey into the world.

  15. Shveta Thakrar

    November 30, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Yay!  That's really beautiful.  I can't wait to see it with the title and, of course, your name on it. :)

  16. Brad

    November 30, 2010 at 9:32 am

    Thanks, Al! And Shveta: my sentiments exactly!

  17. Debbie

    November 30, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Wow, Brad.  That is just gorgeous — and so fitting for the story.

  18. Brad

    November 30, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I agree, Debbie. He really captured the flavor of the novel. I may have to kidnap Mr. Paquette to make sure he's available for the next two books!

  19. Adam Paquette

    December 1, 2010 at 12:41 am

    You won't need to kidnap me brad, it was a pleasure! Thank you all for your very kind words, I'm about to get stuck into the rest of the book itself and can't wait. Great to see such an active following for this creative work. All the best success to you Brad!

    • Brad

      December 1, 2010 at 1:11 am

      Ha! Thanks again, Adam, for the great work, and I hope you enjoy Winds!

  20. Kelly Swails

    December 2, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    I love love love that cover!!!! Such an epic cover!

  21. Brad

    December 3, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Kelly:  :D

  22. Paul Genesse

    December 4, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Dear Brad,
     
    I love the cover! It's right out of the picture my imagination created when I read the book. Congrats!
    Life is good in Bradville!
     
    Paul Genesse

    • Brad

      December 4, 2010 at 11:04 am

      Thanks, Paul! Yeah, Adam really managed to visualize this well. I was stunned as well to see how closely it matched my own thoughts.

  23. Greg Sango

    April 7, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    Dear Brad
    Seldom have I seen a cover that, took my breath away as this one has!. I live to read and read to live as a retired police officer. My days as much as possible are spent totally immersed in the ink on the pages. Having been to Russia three times and now have what I consider family there. This read is going to take my mind and spirit to places I never could dream of. Thank you from deepest part of my spirit for giving us such wonders!
     

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