Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cover Love #29

The mad Shōgun Yoritomo has been assassinated by the Stormdancer Yukiko, and the threat of civil war looms over the Shima Imperium. The Lotus Guild conspires to renew the nation’s broken dynasty and crush the growing rebellion simultaneously – by endorsing a new Shōgun who desires nothing more than to see Yukiko dead.

Yukiko and the mighty thunder tiger Buruu have been cast in the role of heroes by the Kagé
rebellion. But Yukiko herself is blinded by rage over her father’s death, and her ability to hear the thoughts of beasts is swelling beyond her power to control. Along with Buruu, Yukiko’s anchor is Kin, the rebel Guildsman who helped her escape from Yoritomo’s clutches. But Kin has his own secrets, and is haunted by visions of a future he’d rather die than see realized.

Kagé assassins lurk within the Shōgun’s palace, plotting to end the new dynasty before it begins.
A waif from Kigen’s gutters begins a friendship that could undo the entire empire. A new enemy gathers its strength, readying to push the fracturing Shima imperium into a war it cannot hope to survive. And across raging oceans, amongst islands of black glass, Yukiko and Buruu will face foes no katana or talon can defeat.

The ghosts of a blood-stained past.

Look at that cover, you guys. LOOK AT IT! I didn't know if the designers could top Stormdancer, BUT THEY HAVE. 

First of all, can we talk about the colors? Whereas Stormdancer was really playing up the blood-red motif, Kinslayer is dark and sinister, but it keeps the creepy splashes of red in Yukiko's clothing. And wowza, Yukiko! That girl looks ready to wreak some serious havoc. I love it when a cover model is rough and tumble, rather than sleek and shiny.

But the best part, in my opinion, is that background. WOW. WOW WOW WOW. Buruu looks positively vicious, and guys, he's fighting a sea monster! A SEA MONSTER! I have a feeling that particular beastie will haunt me in my sleep. As scared as I am to face the inevitable trauma awaiting me in Kinslayer, I am super-excited as well. What a cover. WHAT A COVER!

What do you think of the Kinslayer cover? And what cover are you loving this week?