The Straits of Galahesh has a cover!
The final cover design has been completed for The Straits of Galahesh. The artist is Todd Lockwood, and the cover designer, who’s done a ton of great covers for Night Shade, is Claudia Noble.
I really like how this turned out. The artwork is great and hits a number of cool touchpoints from the books, including Nikandr’s Russian-inspired garb, the Aramahn double robes, the awesome and grand windship, the pier on the floating village of Mirashadal. But the framing effect is cool, too. I like how it focuses the eye on Nikandr. I’ll admit that it loses some of that sense of perspective with a lot of the lower artwork blocked out, but that’s the nature of cover design. You lose some things will focusing on others.
I think the color palette works well, too. The coat color is pulled out against the name and title. The canvas effect on the top and title background work well against the windship sails. My favorite details are the walrus tusk cartridges hanging from Nikandr’s bandolier, the hilt of his kindjal and the butt of his pistol, and the guy holding his throat, who, unfortunately for him, had just been punched in the throat before Nikandr leapt from the windship perch.
And why is Nikandr leaping from the perch?
You’ll have to read the book to find out…