Friday, 10 October 2008
Haven't read it but like the cover!
Fiona McIntosh's 'Royal Exile' is hovering around the top end of the 'to read pile' and I should get round to it in the next week or so. In the meantime, I thought I'd say how much I like the cover art :o)
Here's the blurb just in case you haven't read it already,
Led by Loethar, an ambitious and ruthless tyrant, a terrifying army of mercenaries and renegades from the great southern steppes threaten to overwhelm the Kingdom of Penraven, having already overthrown its two neighbouring realms, leaving a trail of devastation and broken lives in their wake. Penraven is Loethar's most desired prize, not only because of its wealth, safe harbour, extensive coastline, and abundant natural resources. This time the tyrant wants more than a crown. Driven by dreams of empire, fuelled by his increasing obsession with magic, Loethar's plan to overthrow King Brennus of Penraven, 9th of the Valisars, was cemented the hour upon when he learned that Brennus possessed the power of coercion. All of the Valisar heirs have been blessed down the ages with the sinister ability to bend people entirely to their will and Loethar is convinced that if he consumes these empowered people he will then be imbued with their skills and magics and be unstoppable.
My reading is leaning towards fantasy right now and 'Royal Exile' sounds like just what I'm after. Anyway, back to the cover...
It's nice and simple with no overload of pictures to distract me. It also makes it pretty clear that this is going to be a book about warfare and the way that the cloak kind of fades into mist tells me that there's magic in the air as well... Me and art generally don't get on so well but this time it feels like it's telling me all I need to know.
How about you? Are you thinking, "ooh, nice artwork", "urgh, that looks awful" or, "meh', I've seen better but I've seen worse as well..."