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Cover Launch: THE BLACK PRISM by BRENT WEEKS

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the cover for the first book of the highly anticipated new trilogy by Brent Weeks. The Night Angel Trilogy (starting with the New York Times Bestseller THE WAY OF SHADOWS) has been a huge success worldwide and I know a lot of people have been dying to see what Mr. Weeks writes next. Well you’re going to have to wait a little longer for the book, but I can give you a little taste by showing you the kick-ass (yes, that’s a technical design term) cover for THE BLACK PRISM.

I don’t want to say too much about the new series (because the editor will kill me if I give too much away) but Brent has created a very cool new world, complete with solid characters and a really interesting magic system. If you liked the Night Angel Trilogy, you’ll love this (And if you haven’t read the Night Angel Trilogy, you should be ashamed of yourself, really.)

Here’s a little description:

Gavin Guile is the Prism, the most powerful man in the world. He is high priest and emperor, a man whose power, wit, and charm are all that preserves a tenuous peace. But Prisms never last, and Guile knows exactly how long he has left to live: Five years to achieve five impossible goals.

But when Guile discovers he has a son, born in a far kingdom after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could tear his world apart.

Whet your appetite? Torture you a bit? You know the book’s not coming out until August, right? Yep, I’m mean. Anyway, back to design. The art was created by the fabulous Richard Jones, and I think it really captures the general bad-ass tone of Brent Weeks’s stories. Here it is again, BIG:

Again, I don’t want to give too much away about the story, but the really interesting world Brent has created, especially the, say, physics, of this world, really impacted the cover design. And while you know I actually do read all the manuscripts when they come in, and I try to be as accurate as only a artist and fan can be, some books are still harder to truly nail than others. Your friendly neighborhood Creative Director here really had a hard time balancing how much to show, what tone the cover should have, what the color of the cover could be (hint, hint), and still remain true to the story and world inside. We must have gone through a thousand poses, color and lighting treatments, and crops. Debate raged for months over this one, as some of you heard about when a prior version of the cover was unofficially released. What was great was so many people were involved in the development of this cover, and so much feedback was taken into account, that I think we’ve really nailed this cover for a book which we hope will blow you away both inside and out.

(Now, also imagine for me that the cover will have fancy foil bits and fancy cover effects, none of which come across onscreen. Especially for the type. But in general, you get the idea.)

Now we can officially launch this cover here on our lovely blog, as I know all you Orbit fans love me to do. (I know, you’ve been so patient waiting for this one, I appreciate it.) So…what do you think?

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  1. NetWrkGamr

    March 1, 2010
    at 5:16 pm

    I love it! it is actually better than the last one that was leaked. Keep up the good work.

  2. mundanename

    March 1, 2010
    at 5:19 pm

    I think this is a much better cover than the one that was leaked. The tone of the book becomes much darker and even threatening with this cover. Nothing says “buy this book” like a large knife pointed in your direction!

    I am still holding out hope that one day the US audience could get an Frederic Perrin cover though ;)

  3. […] Lauren Panepinto, the designer, on the cover: […]

  4. Curt Jarrell

    March 1, 2010
    at 5:58 pm

    I can’t wait to read it. The jacket is terrific and will draw in the female readership too. I know I will be able to find good homes for many many copies of this novel.

  5. RpWhite3

    March 1, 2010
    at 6:01 pm

    Awesome, this is great news, I can’t wait for the new series. Loved the last one, and yes this cover does kick-ass :)…

  6. Linz

    March 1, 2010
    at 6:17 pm

    Ah, so its official!! Brent Weeks is probably my favorite author (I think the only time I’ve ever felt like crying after finishing a book series was when I finished the Night Angel trilogy) so I can’t wait for the new series! For the cover I have two words – Kick. Ass. As has ben said numerous times before.

  7. Amanda

    March 1, 2010
    at 7:15 pm

    That is a really awesome cover! I originally bought The Way of Shadows because it had cool cover art. I’m glad the tradition is continuing. I can’t wait to read this book especially after reading all of Brent Week’s tweets about his writing process and editing.

  8. Rob B

    March 1, 2010
    at 9:10 pm

    Cover has nice pop. I’m looking forward to reading this one!

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  10. Tanya

    March 2, 2010
    at 6:50 pm

    I like this Cover for the novel. When I saw the previous one I hadn’t known that this new novel took place in a different world. It makes more sense that it this novel have a different style of cover. Oh and, Mr. Weeks, if you read this, I hope this novel is as addictive as the last three.

  11. Joseph

    March 4, 2010
    at 7:40 am

    I like this cover alot, can’t wait for the book itself to come out. I have just read the night angel trilogy and finished it, can’t wait for mr.Weeks next book wich is this one.

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  13. SKGIRL

    March 11, 2010
    at 6:22 pm

    HOLY CRAP!!! this cover rocks!! I loved the first cover but thing you guys are right (in the art department) if you kept the original one then it would’ve been exactly like the NAT cove and just draw the previous readers, with this you will draw plenty of new and curious readers to the world of *spock…ackhem i mean Sci-fi!!!!!

  14. […] me, I can’t figure out what the story is all about except that (according to his publisher Orbit, anyway) the character is the most powerful guy in the world. Brent Weeks says on his […]

  15. matt w

    March 29, 2010
    at 1:13 am

    how come all these freaking posts are all about how great this cover is. Virtually every person i’ve shown this cover too thinks it’s awful and something that would be on a grocery store rack. If this is the best they can do, then they need to hire more original people. It’s a shame the cover doesn’t do the literature justice.

    • adam

      April 7, 2010
      at 10:47 pm

      your insane, if you read the NAT books then you know that just a simple artwork for his books is all it takes. adding in all the dark colors just adds more to wonder about of the book.

  16. Slabberjan

    April 1, 2010
    at 10:52 am

    Awesome! Talk about a great way of improving the cover. I for one also thought the “original” cover was to much like NAT covers, Gratz and Brent keep up the good work! you have allready succeeded in my eyes. Cheers!

  17. Rom

    April 7, 2010
    at 10:05 pm

    The cover looks great nice and dark. It also has a very similar look to Prince of Persia

  18. adam

    April 7, 2010
    at 10:45 pm

    the cover is amazing, the only thing i can think of that would be better is to combine some of what the other cover had. mainly the really sweet looking fire magic thing. put that on the blade – if that can be done in the book – just a little to still have the blade shine, but also add an air of mystery to the power of it

  19. haggis

    April 12, 2010
    at 8:09 pm

    is it just me but is this kevin smith? (ares from xena)

    the cover does elicit some excitement about the coming book tho’ i’m eagerly anticipating it.

  20. Tequese

    April 23, 2010
    at 10:02 am

    What!!! August!!! What am I to do until then?! Id still pay even from a leaked copy of the new book! :P Not that im into breaking piracy or copy right laws… But I have read the first 3 chapters on Orbits website, you are cruel publishers I tell you cruel! Releasing all the teasers months before the book is to be released! (It will be released in Sweden right? Cause I got the Night Angel Trilogy in Australia and dont know if they have it here in Sweden where I am now living!!!) If It’s not in Sweden I dont know what I will do!!!

  21. akira

    May 24, 2010
    at 2:31 pm

    This book cover is more kick ass then the one that leaked. It has more of that dangourus aluring feel to it. Great amzing art that fits an amazing author’s caption in his books perspective. Can’t wait to get to read this new series. Major points for relseaing all the teasers to this book just by using the cover art and elusive details. I applad you guys, makes it much more exiciting ^_^

  22. That Guy

    June 10, 2010
    at 12:07 pm

    I can’t wait for your new series to come out. You had me totally addicted to ‘The Night Angel Trilogy’, I didn’t want it to end. This cover for ‘The Black Prism’ looks great, dark and mysterious.

  23. Nay

    January 6, 2011
    at 2:59 pm

    I don’t like the cover. And I say that knowing that alot of work went into making it. It looks, to me anyway, like one of those paranormal romances and I can’t say as a reader of sci-fi/fantasy that I would pick this up based on the cover alone. And I thought when you make a cover, that is the point.

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