One of these covers does not belong
I think I wrote last week that something about Shadowcaster’s cover was bothering me. I finally figured out that it didn’t match the other pictures in the series. I pulled out all of the books this weekend to take a pretty picture of them (not this one, this was just a quicky) and that was when it hit me what was wrong. I think I knew it in the back of my mind, but I was so entranced by this new cover that it didn’t jump out at me until now. So I started thinking WHY!! I know I saw a cover that matched at some point so I went to Cinda’s website to double check and yep they had a cover reveal last summer showing this as the cover:
“My agent says that this is his favorite cover yet. It’s got some awesome competition, but it’s definitely a contender. Sasha Vinogravida, the illustrator, and Erin Fitzsimmons, the designer, have outdone themselves.
As in Flamecaster, the central motif is a magemark, which is a kind of an amulet embedded in the skin of a handful of the gifted. It’s still a mystery to those who carry them. All they know is that the Empress in the East is hunting them, and they’d better not get caught!
The landscape in the background is Chalk Cliffs, the queendom of the Fells’s only deepwater port, where much of the action in Book 2 takes place.
I hope you like the cover as much as I do!”
Yes I do! So why the change? I think it was because of this:
The paperback version matched the kindle version so my guess is that the kindle version of the book was seeing better sales so the publisher decided to go with a look that matched that cover instead of all the rest. The paperback cover came out a month before the second book, so I don’t think the sales would have influenced the decision. Now I do like the new Flamecaster cover, but … I still really prefer the original. I saw someone on Goodreads saying that they thought the cover change was so that it looked more like the Throne of Glass series. That could be it too. As far as I can tell Cinda did not make a final announcement about the cover change, so I don’t know what their thought process was.
So while I was mulling this over I came across this cover image for the second book in the Beautiful Idols series by Alison Noel:
A totally different look from the first book:
But it matches the paperback and many of her other book covers, so maybe that is why they changed it. I loved this cover, it was one of the reason’s I picked up the book. I think that is why I missed the second book when I went book shopping a couple of weeks ago. It just didn’t match what I thought the cover would look like. Oh well, I will try not to let the cover disappointment keep me from enjoying the book.
So I would love to hear your thoughts on these book covers and others that were changed that you didn’t like. I know publishers often change covers from hardcover to paperback, but still it shouldn’t be such a dramatic change.