Thursday, March 28, 2013

Cover Love #25

We are in the middle of the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour, a week-long celebration of the His Fair Assassins series by Robin LaFevers and the release of the second book in the series, Dark Triumph. To check out all of the great events going on this week (and to enter a giveaway!) check out my introductory post.

Given the ongoing blog tour, this week's Cover Love is going to be completely HFA-focused. From what I can find online, though both Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph have been published in other countries, there have been no major cover changes. Grave Mercy still features Ismae in her red dress, brandishing a crossbow, and Dark Triumph still shows Sybella in her claustrophobic stone alcove, even if the titles involved change.

However, back before Grave Mercy had its iconic red dress and crossbow, an illustrator named Phroilan Gardner did a mockup of a possible Grave Mercy cover for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Taken from Robin LaFever's Tumblr
Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?
I looooove it. Love love love. I love the illustrated look, the gloomy setting, and how FIERCE Ismae looks. From her hair to her clothes to the ever-present crossbow, she looks ready for battle. For comparison, the final cover for Grave Mercy is below, and while I think the red dress was the best choice, as it pops off the shelf, I will forever love the mockup cover. Really, it would make gorgeous wall art.

Which cover do you like better, the mockup or the final product? And what cover are you loving this week?

Don't forget to check the Attack of the Assassins! blog tour schedule of events to catch up on all the fun this week, including today's concurrent event, True Love = A Maggoty Carcass (A Dark Triumph post) from Mary Gray.