(Courtesy of Dribble of Ink) Tor Books have released the American cover for Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings, the first volume in his ten-book Stormlight Archive sequence. The artwork is by the much-in-demand Michael Whelan, one of the more respected artists in the business.
Obviously not one of his better works. If the most exciting and cinematic sequence in Sanderson's massive tome (which, at 1,400 pages in manuscript, is almost as long as George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords) is a scene where two Fremen appear to be engaging in a sword-driven semaphore conversation, we might be in trouble.
Having said that, there is something very old-school about this painting that brings to mind finding old 1970s editions of the Dune books in a second-hand bookshop.