Cover Spotlight: 2011 Fantasy Finds

Please note: Any of these covers could be subject to change and may not be final. You can view any of these by following the links available via Penguin.

Releases January 25, 2011. This is the sixth book in Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series. As is, I’m not an immediate fan of this cover. I like that dos Santos is obviously still doing the work, but Mercy looks like she’s attempting to solicit on a corner – or already has. There’s an obvious need to sex up urban fantasy heroines on covers, even when it’s not who they are within the books.

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Car mechanic Mercy Thompson has always known there was something different about her, and not just the way she can make a VW engine sit up and beg. Mercy is a shapeshifter, a talent she inherited from her long-gone father. She’s never known any others of her kind. Until now.

An evil is stirring in the depths of the Columbia River—one that her father’s people may know
something about. And to have any hope of surviving, Mercy and her mate, the Alpha werewolf Adam, will need their help…

Releases February 1, 2011. This is book two in a series.

There are two men who have bitten the dust after a delivery from Messenger Melina Markowitz. As she tries to put together the pieces of this puzzle, she discovers that the two victims share common friends, common unexplained absences, and a common crime. Now, dark forces from the local community have been unleashed, drawing Melina into the web of a powerful woman, her voodoo, and her vengeance…

Releases March 1, 2011. This is book two in a series. The previous book is Haunting Warrior. Visit the author’s site.

Drawn into the cursed no-man’s land called Fennore, Shealy O’Leary finds herself facing the
legendary dark entity, the Druid. And unless Shealy bends to his will, her father will surely die.

The fierce warrior Tiarnan was damned by the Druid to spend eternity in Fennore. His only hope
is a beautiful, frightened woman from the future who holds what he needs to exact revenge.

Alone in this primitive, terrifying world, Shealy’s only hope to save herself and her father will be to trust in her own heart and the sacred power she has yet to unleash.

Releases January 4, 2011. This is the sequel to Berg’s The Spirit Lens. I wasn’t a fan of the first book, but people say so much good about this author and I wonder if this one can be read by itself since I didn’t finish the first book. Visit the author’s site.

With no magic talent of her own, Anne de Vernase must take on her sister’s magical legacy to unravel the secrets behind the dark sorcery besieging the royal city of Merona—and to uncover the truth behind her sister’s death.

Releases February 1, 2011. This is book two in a series. I am in love with the cover, as I was with its predecessor. While the book itself lacked a bit for me, I’m STILL intrigued – I must read this. And I LOVE THE COVER! Did I mention that yet? This is the American edition, as it’s already published in the UK. Visit the author’s site.

In his “utterly fascinating” (Book Smuggler) debut, The Adamantine Palace, Stephen Deas “restored [dragons] to all their scaly fire-breathing glory”
(Daily Telegraph). Now, as the Realms teeter on the brink of war, the fate of humanity rests in the survival of one majestic white dragon.

Prince Jehal has had his way—now his lover Zafir sits atop the Realms with hundreds of dragons and their riders at her beck and call. But Jehal’s plots are far from over, for he isn’t content to sit back and watch Zafir command the earth and sky. He wants that glory for himself—no matter who he must sacrifice to get it. The one thing Jehal fears is that the white dragon still lives—and if that is so, then blood will flow, on all sides…

Releases January 4, 2011. This is book three in the second Noble Dead saga. I loved the first saga, which I read all of last year. I’ve tried to get into this second set, but so far it’s not nearly as engaging as the first series. I will be trying again, ASAP. I hear that the main characters from the first series, Magerie and Leesil (am I spelling that right?) will be back!

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In each of its novels, The Noble Dead Saga has swept readers into a world of “Tolkienesque fantasy [and] vampire-infused horror.”*
Now, young Journeyor Wynn Hygeorht finds herself cast into the wilds on a dangerous quest for
knowledge that may instead lead to her doom…

Releases March 1, 2011. This is…somewhere in that huge Black Jewels series. I don’t know if I’m ever going to catch up with this series, even though I’ve got two full length titles in the TBR, waiting to be read. This one is an anthology, so maybe it’s a little easier to get to? Sorry to say there’s little to no info yet.

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Anne Bishop’s “darkly fascinating”* Black Jewel novels have enthralled readers and critics alike with their mixture of fantasy, intrigue, and romance. Now in Twilight’s Dawn, Bishop returns to the Bloodrealm with four all-new captivating novellas.

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  1. HA! I am cracking up at the “Book Smuggler” incerpt in the King of Crags’ blurb. I love this cover as well and I think it is a better book than the first one, give it a go!

    • I didn’t even know Rendahl’s name, thought it was a debut! Have you read her first one?

    • dos Santos, while he always does lovely work, usually sexes up the females. This pose Mercy’s in bugs me because I don’t see her behaving that way. She’s not coy, she doesn’t strike flirty poses, etc. I don’t mind the background, it’s just her pose. I think that it’s probably not going to change a whole lot, though, the need to sex up the covers somewhat. Then again, if we look at his work for Diana Rowland’s upcoming third Kara Gillian book, he barely sexes that cover up with the barest hint of cleavage in her slightly unbuttoned shirt. I suppose I just don’t get the need to pose Mercy as she is here – it doesn’t feel like Mercy.

  2. Nice find with the Mercy Thompson cover. Loving the colors and shadows in it, but what is she doing? It’s like she’s on a bearskin rug instead of leaning against a wall.

    • It looks like she’s laying down on the ground, maybe in a cave with some kind of prehistoric-like or Indian symbols. Maybe it pertains to a scene in the book??

  3. I’m sorry, but Mercy Thompson would never, ever in her entire existence be caught in a tube top. Not happening. And, apparently, the push up bras of all push up bras.

    Do. Not. Like.

    I totally want the book. But I don’t appreciate the sexiness of the posed.

    • Kati, I was wondering if I was the only one who felt that way. While dos Santos’ work is great, again, he’s always sexed Mercy up somewhat. I suspect that’s what the publisher wants, though.

  4. I hadn’t seen the new Mercy cover yet – nice find. I like the cover but not for Mercy though – she looks busty and sexed up which is not how I picture her ever. And really could she work on cars with those knockers getting in the way ;)

    • I can personally attest to knockers getting in the way, as a person who used to have zero knockers before gaining weight later in life. ;)

      I’m with you. It’s a good cover, just not for Mercy.

  5. I completely agree on the Mercy covers. My husband saw me reading Blood Bound and said “Ooooh, that looks hot,” and I was going, “No, no, THIS book is not like that at all.” (Unlike some of my other reading, of course).

    • Liz, thanks for chiming in. I didn’t think that pose was very Mercy-like. Again, it might be a scene in the book, but….guess we’ll see. ;)

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