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The Habitation of the Blessed Cover
prester john
It's not Ghost Rider, I swear!

I'm SUPER curious about y'all's reaction to this--do you like it, does it make you want to buy it, is it evocative? Opinion me, O Livejournal!

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The cover seems cluttered, to me. I think there's honestly too many words - your name isn't something short and quick, like, oh, Tim Pratt for example, and then a three part title that leaves me wondering which part I should focus on, and then a blurb? 'Volume One' seems lost, 'The Habitation of the' out of proportion, and I'm wondering why Habitation and Blessed get special font when the other bits of the title don't. I want your name in gold, and the background of 'Dirge ...' to be the same red from the book.

It all needs streamlining and cohesiveness. I would completely be okay with the picture being dropped a half inch so it's not crowding the titling so much, and your name being emphasized more. Also, a one line blurb, not a three liner. I know blurbs are important, I guess, I've never paid attention to them, but it's just too much.

My final impression is that it looks like YA for boys.

You know, it just occurred to me I read it was YA because there's so much detail and embellishment in the art. Adults' books tend to have one image, one focal point, perhaps even no image at all, unless it's an all-over print. Kids books are all, "How much awesomeness can we cram into this cover?" See: Spiderwick chronicles.

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