Thought I would pop in with the real cover for The White-Luck Warrior.
They should of let you come up with Earwa calender month names! Can you tell us the significance of the calender instrument?
btw, I like it!
Great cover. I am really looking forward to this book coming out.
Easily the most awesome thing I’ve seen in the last few days.
You are damned lucky as a fantasy author to get covers that don’t inspire nightmares and permanent mental scarring.
They really should hyphenate ‘white-luck,’ though. Otherwise, we might be led to believe that this so-called “luck warrior” is Caucasian.
I can’t wait to read this – I’ve wanted to see more of the Nietzschean slave morality cult ever since they were introduced.
Certainly a starkly mechanical element to this ones cover, as opposed to the more organic face only covers from before. Particularly as the machine encircles the face.
Who’s the guy who does these? Since to me they seem to match the books contents really well, my perception started kinda melding the front cover artist and yourself into one being.
I second that they should hyphenate White-Luck. Other than that, it is excellent.
Honestly, isn’t ‘white luck’ a phrase? No one links it to ‘luck for caucasions only’. What an odd schema to trigger for it to be racial suddenly? And given a perception likely to see racial, it’s just as likely to ignore the hyphen anyway. Or so I’d estimate.
I was one of those who liked the mock-up (one of the few, apparently) but this is much, much, much better. Can’t wait until the hardback is in my hands.
This looks awesome. I want it NOW!!!!
Remove that ugly, pointless face and it’s a great cover! 😉
So who is this guy supposed to be? Is it WLW himself or just another Cat Stevens:)
It’s beautiful! 🙂
None of my books so far have a facial image…I see the images but that is not what is available at retail for me…anyway…I am clearly a PON reader and I will send in barcodes to prove it thank you!!
What’s with the Latin on that device there? Shouldn’t it be in Sheyic?
I never pass up an opportunity to exercise my penchant for grammatical pedantry! So here I go! Woo-hoo!
The hyphen seems to be falling out of favor in many circles, a sorry state of affairs I complain about whenever possible. The point of punctuation — all punctuation — is to indicate the relationship between the various words we string together. Used well, punctuation can minimize (or, sometimes, outright eliminate) the ambiguities that creep into even some of the most straightforward sentences. The hyphenation of compound modifiers is a great example.
“The White Luck Warrior” can be read in at least two ways. It might mean: “The White-Luck Warrior,” or it might mean (what amounts to) “The White Luck-Warrior.” But notice that no one would hyphenate “luck-warrior,” as in “The Luck-Warrior.” It’s “white-luck” that’s the compound modifier, hence in need of punctuation. For this reason, I would argue, the most natural way to read “the white luck warrior” (if you’re grammatically sensitive, at least) is as meaning “the white luck-warrior,” since if “white luck” were a compound modifier, it ought to be hyphenated.
Consider: “The black sofa bed.” If there were such a thing as a “black sofa” (as some sort of proper name, I mean), which may or may not come in “bed” form, then we’d want to write it “The black-sofa bed,” so as not to lead readers to think that we’re simply talking about a sofa bed that happens to be black.
Ahhh! I love the smell of pedanticism in the morning!
Grammatical accuracy aside, does this mean we might have this book in our hands before the new year?
That would be a great holiday 2010 present, and would certainly spread joy across the nation!
What are the chances? March 2011 seems a bit far out if the book has entered a final edit, and the cover is ready to go.
Anyone have any info on this? Bakker, can you drop us a line?
It’s great, but I hope that’s not the final version?
There seems to be a mistake with the calendar device – it goes May, June, December…
Looks like the designer didn’t finish the work on that yet, or maybe overlooked it and left that part in the wrong spot.
That cover is immensely superior to almost anything in the fantasy market today, and I think it advertises the series appropriately: linguistic, arcane, mysterious, and complex. Just the sort of thing that would draw me in if I passed by it on a bookshelf.
In anticipation of the book, I have started re-reading the Prince of Nothing series for the first time. I’m fascinated by the depths/nuances I completely missed (or couldn’t notice without the subsequent influence of the later books) in The Darkness that Comes Before. Scott, please forgive the sycophant fanboy in me, but you really have put together something amazing with that series. Prince of Nothing is easily the best reading discovery I’ve made in the last decade. If it bums you out when you see “Han Solo vs. the Same Antagonists as Last Month” or whatever on the sci-fi/fantasy bestsellers list, remember that there are more than a few of us who know the truth…and please keep writing for us!
Ugh, I hate these covers, just like the first PoN paperbacks. The PoN hardcovers had really classy covers, way beyond most fantasy published to date, and the new paperbacks are likewise beautiful. In fact, after being very unpleasantly surprised at Borders when picking up my Judging Eye hardcover (I had seen a cover with an 8-pointed chaos star thing on the internet and was expecting that) I have resolved to not buy any more that look like this. I’m a huge fan and talk you up to everyone I can, so let me support you. Go back to good covers.
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