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Final Empire (Mistborn Trilogy 1) by Brandon Sanderson (2009) Paperback

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Mistborn cover #3, Japan - Mistborn Art - Gallery - 17th Shard Forums

It looks like a worse version of the Mistborn covers (which I could appreciate but not really enjoy) and fits far worse here. It feels like they’re trying for a surreal atmosphere, or at least looks that way, but that couldn’t be more opposed to what the other cover’s doing (and what everything I’ve read of Sanderson up until now has been about).

I don’t entirely disagree with all the disappointment in the comments, but as Aidan says, this is very like an early version of the art that will end up adorning The Way of Kings. As it stands, no, it’s not half as inviting as the Mistborn covers, but I for one am keeping the faith. And kudos to Gollancz for trying to keep an aesthetic throughline from one Sanderson novel to the next. That, I appreciate, even if what we have here is – admittedly – far from the loveliness of the American spread.

Mistborn 1 Cover Gallery - Brandon Sanderson

  • N. R. Alexander April 8, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    I don’t entirely disagree with all the disappointment in the comments, but as Aidan says, this is very like an early version of the art that will end up adorning The Way of Kings. As it stands, no, it’s not half as inviting as the Mistborn covers, but I for one am keeping the faith. And kudos to Gollancz for trying to keep an aesthetic throughline from one Sanderson novel to the next. That, I appreciate, even if what we have here is – admittedly – far from the loveliness of the American spread.

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