New cover art from Daw Books



The first one is for Tad Williams' Shadowrise, and the other for S. L. Farrell's A Magic of Dawn.

5 commentaires:

Tomas said...

Wow, I read the other SL Farrell book, A Magic of Twilight and then I didn't realize that the second one had come out. Sooo, I guess I need to get my hands on A Magic of Nightfall right about now. Anyone read it? Liked it much?

Richard said...

I read a magic of Nightfall, and must confess I was disappointed. Without spoiling anything. The book is set some 20 years after the first one and many characters from the first book have died or die soon once the book starts. We get to see much more from the third magic system, the one from mad mahry (or smthing like that) but lines of though regarding numetodo and senjis system are abandoned in the second book. As if the author had found that the direction that line was taking was not one that the book needed and decided to simply ignore the topic, rather than attempt to correct it.

Character wise, well, it could have work. Farrell decided to give a fresh cast for her second book, and some of that cast was very interesting. But somehow it just did not work. Again, I felt like the author was trying to ignore plots and characters memories/links/line of thoughts because it drew too much attention to the first book, instead of addressing the problem. I felt like I was being forced to "forget" about the characters of the first book, rather than simply "learn" to like the ones from the second.

Richard said...

On seconds thoughts... I assume that if I picked this book without having read the first one I would have enjoyed it. Maybe this was the authors idea, as the "series" might not be set to be your typical trilogy. The tale is not that of a person but of a city, as the author herself say in the prologue. And cities live for much longer than characters. Still, I think the author failed a bit at the transitions.

Cecrow said...

Right on, I can finally start reading that Tad Williams series now that the final volume's coming out.

Cecrow said...

Correction: just checked Tad Williams' site and apparently there's going to be a fourth, now that the last volume had to be split due to size. But at least it's slated to be published shortly afterwards.