Friday, June 1, 2012

French Art

The French covers for The Crown Conspiracy and Avempartharenamed The Tower of Elves, or The Elven Tower


Obviously as an author book covers are fun, especially when they are good. It's always fascinating to see what you envisioned reflected back at you through another person's imagination. Above are the covers for the French editions, the art done by the marvelous Marc Simonetti—the cover for Avempartha being newly released.

While I had zero input, having never communicated with Mousiour Simonetti, or the the French publisher Bragelonne and its imprint Milady, I am nevertheless, extremely pleased with their fanciful and imaginative depictions of my world Elan. It's enough to make me want to get Rosetta Stone.

I still have to wonder why it is everyone insists on giving Royce a sword. On the other hand I think the scarlet cloak is very stylish.

14 comments:

  1. Wow. The Crown Conspiracy--magnifico! Love the detail of the city.

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  2. Both of those are spectacular. They remind me of Michael Whelan's stuff, which is, in my opinion, the best Sci-Fi/Fantasy cover work out there.

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  3. ELF TOWER! Those are gorgeous covers, and make up for the last luster titling of book two ;)

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  4. wow. those are probably my favorite covers so far. Maybe I should try to remember french by reading them, again, in another language.

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  5. Outstanding Michael, I have always admired your detailed care and obvious concern for the high level of the artwork, cover and inside pages always reflect exactly what a discerning reader appreciates and which complements the quality of the words so well.

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  6. These covers are SOOOO much better than the American versions! That would frustrate me, but make me happy too. Beautiful! The second one really gives you a sense of how damn hard it must have been to get to that tower.

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  7. These are awesome.
    Knowing the French, they'll probably be as oversized as any French fantasy novels, but who cares. They're beautiful! Congratulations on having such beautiful artwork in your books.

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  8. Aside from your covers, these are amazing. They have held the same theme idea as you started. I like how they depict part of the novels. Wonderfully done.

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  9. Wow. There's no way I could pass by in a bookstore without picking those up! Beautiful.

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  10. Wow..I would love to have these in poster form!

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