Monday, January 21, 2013

Naomi Novik Reveals The Official And Disappointing Cover Of Blood Of Tyrants, Book 8 of Temeraire Series

Yes, everyone. The cover for Naomi Novik's eighth Temeraire novel entitled Blood of Tyrants is revealed, going away from the original format of the previous book covers. Meaning I don't like it very much. I was very vocal about my obsessive love for the book covers of the first few books and come the fifth and seventh books and the magnificent pattern was all in ruin.

The eighth book also lack the simplicity and artistry of the previous book covers that is why I don't like this new cover very much. It reminds me of the book cover of The Saint of Dragons by Jason Hightman, which uses a very dark and black tone. Not even the center piece of the cover, which represents a magnifying glass of a spyglass or telescope, couldn't make it work.

Check it out why I hated Blood of Tyrants book cover the most:

Here I am again going on for my obsessive compulsive tendencies. But the balance of the art can't seem to alleviate my mood. Luckily, we will have to wait for a few more months to suffer this gloomy cover until the book's release in US on August 13, 2013. No further information was released regarding the book's synopsis or summary plot and I just hope the long wait will be worth it. As of these moment, Naomi Novik was already done with the revisions of Blood of Tyrants.

Updated: Blood of Tyrants official synopsis:

Naomi Novik’s beloved Temeraire series, a brilliant combination of fantasy and history that reimagines the Napoleonic wars as fought with the aid of intelligent dragons, is a twenty-first-century classic. From the first volume, His Majesty’s Dragon, readers have been entranced by the globe-spanning adventures of the resolute Capt. William Laurence and his brave but impulsive dragon, Temeraire. Now, in Blood of Tyrants, the penultimate volume of the series, Novik is at the very height of her powers as she brings her story to its widest, most colorful canvas yet.

Shipwrecked and cast ashore in Japan with no memory of Temeraire or his own experiences as an English aviator, Laurence finds himself tangled in deadly political intrigues that threaten not only his own life but England’s already precarious position in the Far East. Age-old enmities and suspicions have turned the entire region into a powder keg ready to erupt at the slightest spark—a spark that Laurence and Temeraire may unwittingly provide, leaving Britain faced with new enemies just when they most desperately need allies instead.

For to the west, another, wider conflagration looms. Napoleon has turned on his former ally, the emperor Alexander of Russia, and is even now leading the largest army the world has ever seen to add that country to his list of conquests. It is there, outside the gates of Moscow, that a reunited Laurence and Temeraire—along with some unexpected allies and old friends—will face their ultimate challenge . . . and learn whether or not there are stronger ties than memory.

These are beautifully written novels: not only fresh, original, and fast-paced, but full of wonderful characters with real heart.” —Peter Jackson

Thanks to Catalyst for the tip.