Thursday, 3 May 2012

Tor unveil the final cover art for A MEMORY OF LIGHT

Tor Books have revealed the full, final cover art for A Memory of Light, the final Wheel of Time novel. Below is the front cover image:


 
And below is the full cover wrap-around image:



The Tor blog features extensive commentary on how the cover was created by Michael Whelan and the Tor art department. The novel will be published in January 2013.

Note that this is the American cover art only. The British edition should use the same wheel-and-snake motif as the last few hardcovers.

14 comments:

Kathryn said...

I knew Whelan would deliver.

It's very much in the vein of Sweet, and kudos to him for keeping it as such.

Caligula_K said...

Why Tor? Why must your cover art always be so awful? Whyyyyyy?

The Writer said...

A really impressive effort from Whelan. He's captured the Sweet feel effortlessly, without falling into some of the traditional Sweet traps. And it's not just a copy of Sweet's work, either. Perhaps a little less epic than what Sweet intended, but good in its own way.

Anonymous said...

Awesome

João said...

I never thought i'd hear myself say this but.... sweets' cover was actually... better o.0

Anonymous said...

@Caligula_K
Indeed. I have never read WoT but the art always looks so...awful.

Bob Milne said...

I quite like it - entirely fitting that Roland should dominate the final image.

Anonymous said...

god these covers are always so bad. It's actually the sole reason I haven't bothered reading this series yet. I'm waiting for them to release better covers because I'm not paying for that! lol

Anonymous said...

Imagine him making a determined "hm" sound for emphasis.

Wastrel said...

1. Sweet's was better.

2. What the hell is he doing? Why would you ever hold a sword that way unless you were a teenager trying to look cool in front of a mirror!?

Anonymous said...

Yeah...Where is rand's other arm. Why is he holding sword in such an odd position.

sorry tor, but what sweet had in mind was (ironically) better than this.

Alex Walsh said...

This is soooo much better than Sweets very odd image, but then most of Sweets efforts looked decidedly 6th form A Level art to me.

Alex Walsh said...

I imagine the sword is Callendor, the sword that is not a sword, so it wouldn't need to be held as a sword.

Having said that, Rand is probably practising the form, Squirrel Parts it's Bum Cheeks or something equally stupid :)

Andrew Lagemann said...

Re: "...Where is Rand's other arm..."

He tends to keep that arm behind his back now, since he no longer has a hand on the end of it.