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Patricia Briggs cover reissue launch

We’ve been giving Mercy Thompson a new look recently and I think it looks great on her. These books feature the feisty Mercy — coyote shapeshifter, mechanic and finder-of-trouble — so we wanted something urban and adventurous to match. We also wanted the cover look, once created, to really pop on the shelf, so the front, back and spine (separate ‘design areas’!) all needed to complement each other and add to the effect.

These were put together for us in grand style by Nick Castle Design and our Head of Design Duncan Spilling. We started the look with River Marked in March, and this June the rest of Patricia Briggs’ series makes its grand entrance. See all the new covers in their full glory below:

The full cover:

A fine set of spines:

   The front cover shots:

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  1. Cherie

    June 17, 2011
    at 8:20 am

    I like the pictures and colours, they’re pretty much in keeping with the current slew of Urban Fantasy titles. However, I can’t say the fonts have the same appeal. I can’t put my finger on what the problem is, but they just look wrong. Maybe it’s the fact that although the font itself is fine, it’s been distorted. Maybe I’m just a little OCD with things like that!

    I’m sorry Orbit, but on this occasion I think I’ll continue to hold out for US paperback with the Daniel Dos Santos covers.

    • Nadine

      June 17, 2011
      at 10:24 am

      Cant say I’m thrilled about this look. I agree with Cherie, i’d holds off on these and get the U.S.covers. They’re way more appealing and I love the graphic novel look. Artwork on covers are usually better but if your going to use people they have to look more appealing than that. The colors are to gaudy and the font title is too big and exaggerated

  2. Darkgarnet

    June 17, 2011
    at 9:48 am

    Neat! It looks great ! :)
    As Cherie, I think the font title looks a bit wrong because of the distortion. Plus, this kind of font should be used for fantasy books not urban fantasy…
    By the way, Daniel Dos Santos did a great art job for US print, why not use his work ?

  3. Steve

    June 17, 2011
    at 10:17 am

    The US covers are so much better. These make the series look like every other Urban Fantasy out there.

    • Bea

      June 17, 2011
      at 11:19 pm

      I agree. There’s nothing distinctive or eye-catching and they reveal absolutely nothing about the books or the stories. Dos Santos’ covers are 1000 times better

  4. Nadine

    June 17, 2011
    at 10:20 am

    Cant say I’m thrilled about this look. Cherie i’d holds off flew the us covers. They’re way more appealing and I love the graphic novel look. Artwork on covers are usually better but if your hing to use people they have to look more appealing than that. The colors are to gaudy and the font title is too big and exaggerated

  5. Michelle in colorado

    June 17, 2011
    at 10:24 am

    My first thought was yuck. I prefer the Daniel Dos Santos covers. I agree with Cherie the fonts for the covers are a little hard to read.

  6. Sarah

    June 17, 2011
    at 10:54 am

    I think the problem with the font is that it has a more gothic feel to it than these stories represent. If I knew nothing about the books, I’d be expecting vampires and or vampire hunter. I do like the covers though.

    • Grey

      June 17, 2011
      at 11:36 pm

      Good call Sarah, that font IS a modified Gothic. Completely inappropriate for the Mercy books. Honestly, these covers are utterly indistinguishable from every other “urban” book out there, the Dos Santos covers are superior in every way. I suppose if you’re a tweenie that likes rainbows you’d like these covers.

  7. JD

    June 17, 2011
    at 11:59 am

    I agree. there is nothing wrong with the covers, it’s just that I prefer the Dos Santos covers. I am more drawn to those: there is a realism and edge that speaks to who the main character is, whereas the new ones are a bit generic. I’ve seen the same kinds of covers on many YA fiction covers, the Dos Santos covers are different and inviting, these are a bit more aloof and cold.

    that’s just me though:-)

  8. Dani

    June 17, 2011
    at 11:40 pm

    I can honestly say these covers do absolutely nothing for me. What a disappointment to see this. These hold no appeal whatsoever. They do nothing to draw a reader in like the originals. If I saw these on the shelf for the first time, I would pass them by.

  9. Laurel

    June 19, 2011
    at 2:25 am

    Sorry, these don’t appeal to me at all. I would leave them on the shelf. How can they compare to the mesmerizing rain of Bone Crossed? Or the tattoos that change a bit every time? A big strike out.

  10. Tera

    June 21, 2011
    at 10:59 am

    Perhaps the problem is with the fact that all of these covers are generic and don’t really represent any elements of the plot like the Dos Santos covers did. They could be used for almost any other fantasy/urban fantasy novel out there if you just replaced the title/author name.

    And the use of city lights in the bottom corner doesn’t really represent Mercy at all. I know that she lives in the Tri-Cities, but they are mainly suburban small-sized towns, not actual cities. Fields and meadows would fit her more.

    Aside from that, the covers and the colours are pretty. My favs are the Moon Called and Iron Kissed covers because they are quite close-up. There is something about the almost full-body shot that doesn’t work for me.

  11. Patrice

    June 22, 2011
    at 12:30 am

    I’d never think these were Mercy Thompson. I especially do not like the title font and the model does not look like what I picture Mercy. At least it’s all the same model. The artwork on the original covers is absolutely beautiful and what’s even better those works of art actually reflect the theme or actions occuring in each book. I’d hang any of those covers as posters on my wall. I’d never consider doing that with the “new look” covers. They remind me of many other books on the UF section shelves.

  12. Rebecca

    June 23, 2011
    at 10:46 am

    I agree. The Dos Santos covers are stunning and much more original than these. These are a bit bland.

  13. Lashawn

    June 23, 2011
    at 8:10 pm

    These covers are very generic and boring. I would never even pick up a book that looked like that. The covers are not eye catching at all. I would use the U.S. covers or hire another artist to do them.

  14. Tina M.

    June 23, 2011
    at 9:26 pm

    No, no, no! I do not like these new covers. The original were much more beautiful and were the reason I decided to pick up the series. I loved seeing the tattoos on the cover model. The new covers are just…meh.

  15. Gwen

    June 23, 2011
    at 11:55 pm

    I love these covers. Makes me wish I could trade in my old ones for these. I hated how the other ones always had Mercy busting out of her clothes!

  16. Craig Marquis

    June 26, 2011
    at 8:18 pm

    Not a fan of these covers, would MUCH rather have original covers.

  17. PatMan - AU

    June 30, 2011
    at 4:21 am

    I was seriously unimpressed when this stunt was pulled for Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series. Then, Orbit goes and do this to my other favourite series. Seriously… I honestly don’t truly dislike the covers. In fact, I much prefer them over the original Orbit prints of the Mercy novels. However… Why on earth would you do this halfway through a series??
    No-one is going to want to collect two sets of five books they already own, unless they are rich and can afford to waste hard earned money…
    I got royally miffed that my Otherworld books no longer fit on the shelf reserved for them. I’m very disappointed that the same was done to Mercy before the series’ completion. Would’ve made so much more sense… And not left me with mismatched books…

  18. Kay

    July 28, 2011
    at 4:12 pm

    I am not at all a fan of these new covers, but unlike almost every other commenter it is not because I prefer the Dos Santos covers… it’s that I liked the original UK covers! I loved the silhouettes, the dark spooky tone, and how they were similar – but not alike – to Briggs’ other were series. I am really sad to see the UK covers go!

    I will be buying the US versions in the future, because despite my almost dislike of the Dos Santos covers (they’re gorgeous, they’re just not Mercy) I prefer them over the new UK covers…

    Sorry guys – but you kind of ruined my day when I saw the cover to River Marked!

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