UK cover art for Joe Abercrombie's THE HEROES

This turned up while I was in transit between Zagreb and Montreal. . .

From the author:

The first rough version of the UK cover of The Heroes. As with Best Served Cold, it’s a collaborative effort. The map is by Dave Senior from my original scrawl. The axe is by Didier Graffet. The design is by Laura Brett. All co-ordinated by the incomparable Gillian Redfearn, of course. Top class work from all four, as before. As with Best Served Cold, it’ll wrap all the way round the book as well, will be all textured and shiny and debossed and all that good stuff. Still a lot to be done to it, in the addition of detail and, probably, some blood, but I think it communicates the general idea pretty well already, don’t you?

As was the case with the previous Abercrombie titles by Gollancz, I love the design. Which is why I was a bit upset when they came up with the new paperbacks. . .

And here's the blurb:

War: where the blood and dirt of the battlefield hide the dark deeds committed in the name of glory. THE HEROES is about violence and ambition, gruesome deaths and betrayals; and the brutal truth that no plan survives contact with enemy. The characters are the stars, as ever, and the message is dark: when it comes to war, there are no heroes…


Curnden Craw: a ruthless fighter who wants nothing more than to see his crew survive.

Prince Calder: a liar and a coward, he will regain his crown by any means necessary.

Bremer dan Gorst: a master swordsman, a failed bodyguard, his honor will be restored—in the blood of his enemies.

Over three days, their fates will be sealed.

For more info about this title: Canada, USA, Europe

1 commentaires:

Adam Whitehead said...

The 'old' covers are still current, however. In fact, Joe would no doubt be pleased to hear my local Waterstones has the trilogy with both the new and old covers on the shelves, to give customers the choice of format.