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So, yesterday I got about a bajillion tweets and emails after the cover leak saying in general, “WTF NO ABERCROMBIE?!” Nothing I like more than enthusiastic fans. I’m sorry, we just weren’t ready in time for the cover leak. But what a difference a day makes! So here, feast your ravenous curiosity on the cover for RED COUNTRY. I know there’s been heated speculation over the cast of characters to be expected, and I have to admit, I think our cover lets a very serious cat out of the bag. Whew, glad to release that, the security around this has been intense.

Here’s a bit of teaser to get you guys even more excited:

Shy South comes home to her farm to find a blackened shell, her brother and sister stolen, and knows she’ll have to go back to her bad old ways if she’s ever to see them again. She sets off in pursuit with only her cowardly old stepfather Lamb for company. But it turns out he’s hiding a bloody past of his own. None bloodier.

Their journey will take them across the lawless plains, to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feuds, duels, and massacres, high into unmapped mountains to a reckoning with ancient enemies, and force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, a man no one should ever have to trust . . . .

Red Country is out in hardcover November 2012!

And here’s all the covers together, click to see them biggified:


I’m super excited to be able to continue our new US cover style from the trade paperbacks of The Heroes and Best Served Cold into the hardcover of Red Country. These have been the most epic photo shoots I’ve ever participated in, and Michael Frost and Gene Mollica have done an excellent job casting, styling, and producing fantastic images. The model for this shoot was particularly into the shoot, having been Pierce Brosnan’s Bond stunt double! Extra credit.

We were so focused on getting the cover exactly right (moar blood! moar dirt! big pointy sword!) that I couldn’t do a video of the shoot, but I do have some fun behind-the-scenes pictures I can share…some days, my job is unbelievably awesome, I can’t deny.

Breakfast (and Weaponry) of Champions

Tricks of the Epic Fantasy Trade

Arming Up

Live Capture as we're shooting helps me envision covers


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  1. Paul (@princejvstin)

    April 5, 2012
    at 10:26 am

    That’s a strong set of covers.

  2. Bryce (My Awful Reviews)

    April 6, 2012
    at 9:15 am

    It’s like they took the Kevin Hearne covers and cropped them so just the arms stuck around, then added some dirt and blood. http://www.kevinhearne.com/books

  3. Locusmortiis

    April 6, 2012
    at 1:28 pm

    Its a strong cover design with a great use of colour and a bold font, its just a pity that the shot used was the model holding the sword with the wrong grip (you never hold a sword like that with a double handed grip) and with a poor stance.

  4. Drew Smith

    February 20, 2013
    at 9:41 am

    I thought the same thing about the improper grip in that sword… so then I took a closer look at that hand… The cover artist is a very subtle and clever fellow ;^)

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