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Monday, January 14, 2008

First Look...Isle of Fire

Ahoy, lads and lasses. This here be yer first look at the cover of Isle of Fire, due to be released August, 2008. What do you think? Suggestions? Comments?

55 comments:

Zaphir said...

One word- amazing! All your book covers are stunning, and I think that's one thing that really made me want to read the books. I received Isle of Swords for Christmas and read it in 3 hours, I can't wait for more :D

Tina said...

That is an AMAZING cover Wayne! You've got excellent cover artists.

Araken said...

[Sigh]...I love it! I can't wait until it comes out. Zaphir, I read Isle of Swords in three hours as well. I wonder if I can read Isle of Fire that fast too? It'd require the fascinating art of reading under the covers with a flashlight, something I am good at, but mom doesn't know. Gee, what if she sees this?

S. J. Deal said...

Pretty cool. Can't say I've got any particular suggestions. (Although I see something like ripples in the water that kind of look like they continue up the side of one of the buildings as well. Is that intentional or is this like a scan or something? Cause that could cause it if it's not really there.)

Nice colour scheme. :-) Colors are one of the things that draw me to a book. It's part of what initially drew me to Isle of Swords, first time I ever saw it.

S. J. Deal said...

One other suggestion, not sure if the big skull in the sky should be a bit more faded out. Makes me think of a forensic science book for some reason.

PatShand said...

Love it. Great use of color, and that design in the top right corner is interesting. If I'd change one thing, I'd say bring the skull and cross-bones closer to the title. When it's so far apart from it, it looks cheesy and a little like it's floating over the actual scene. It'll look great a tad closer.

S. J. Deal said...

patshand: My impression was that it was mirroring the location on the first book.. My two-cents, that's all. :-D

Shelby Marie said...

Wow, that's an awesome cover! I love the colors. I can't wait for it to come out!

Elfish said...

Awesome! :DD I have to say, I absolutely love the skull in the top right corner. It really makes the cover perfect. I can't wait to read it! -jumps up and down-

Robert Treskillard said...

Great cover! The only thing I would add would be more flames to the buildings in front, making it a real "Isle of Fire"

Elfish said...

Okay, I feel like a dork now. XDD I was looking at my copy of "Isle of Swords" and realized that the skull is in the corner of that, too. In my defense, it's more noticeable on "Isle of Fire." Haha.

Storybook Woods said...

AWESOME!!!! I LLLLLLOOOOOOVVVVVVVEEEEEEE IT!!!!! I CAN'T WAIT FOR IT TO COME OUT! AUGUST WHY MUST YOU BE SOOOOOOO FAR AWAY? LOL :)
Auberne' Ancalimon

http://storybookwoods.typepad.com/auberne_ancalimon/

lenore said...

I love the ships on the horizon and the lightning and the...ships! LOVE IT! :D

***Flinn-fan-of-the-Twins*** said...

Makes you want to start singing, A Pirate's Life for Me! Either that or Hoist the Colors. At any rate, I LOVE IT!!! I shall count the days until its release and pray that you didn't kill Cat.

Kayla said...

Here's what I see for what it's worth. I love the design as a whole. The cover is captivating and draws the reader right in. It would work great, but I would personally change two minor things. First of all, the orange lettering for the title and you name appear to be too dark. The title really stands out, but maybe a little too much? The only other thing I change is I would make the two front ships bigger. THey just look really small for being so close to shore. That, and when I look at the book, the burning house draws my attention faster than the ship. (And being that this is a pirate story, I'd think the ship would be more important)

So yeah, that's it. I really do love the design, even if it seems like I'm totally beating up on it because everybody else loved it. Take what you want. Ignore it if you don't like it and keep up the great work.

Brett said...

So here I am looking at this uh-maze-ing cover artwork...and I see this shape on the top right corner. Can't figure it out...until I took another look and realized it was giant skull. It made me jump a little...*sigh* lol.

Zaphir said...

LOL, you guys made me go back and notice the skull xD I'm so very observant.

Araken- Woo, another fellow speedreader! :D

***Flinn-fan-of-the-Twins*** said...

You people are crazy! ;0) I like to take my time reading a book so that I can get every little detail of it. I enjoy it better that way.

lenore said...

lol, I just noticed the background skull after reading these posts! Creeepy! Does make you jump XD

Lalaith said...

Ooh, it looks so cool! Great, now I'm even more excited!

Araken said...

***flin-flann-of-the-twins***-we're not crazy! Just obsessed!! oops, I think I just blew my own case, LOL. Anyway, not trying to speak for Zaphir, just to clear that up. It took me forever to figure out that thing was a skull. Maybe I should read a little more slowly...[thinks] Nah!

Zaphir said...

LOL Flinn and Araken xD I've tried reading slower, but I get so into the book that I just can't help but speedread! I usually read it again after a few days or so to fill in anything I might have missed ;) I only slow read when it's educational xD

***Flinn-fan-of-the-Twins*** said...

LOL! I finished the Door Within very fast because I absolutely couldn't get enough! I hated to stop and eat! I had dreams for days about Alleble and knights and this one knight kept showing up in all my dreams...hmmm. If I happen to disappear for a few days, you guys know where I'm at! ;) For things like LOTR, I like to read slowly, especially because I like Elvish and try to learn as much as possible as I read.

everlastingscribe said...

The only change I would make would be to tinker with the way the flames or explosions are coming out of the windows of the houses. They look so white hot and if a mortar or cannon really had gone off in the house there would be damage done to the structure---walls falling and stories collapsing and all---and if its suppose to be flames coming out of the windows, I think the would be darker and also lick more up along the roof line. I wonder if it's composite photo layering or drawn work. Looking at it I'm thinking composite photo, so maybe some changes could be made.

I did think it interesting that on Isle of Swords they chose to go with the lovely reds and oranges and on Isle of Fire they are going with blues.

August? Bah what a wretched wait!

;)

The lion hearted said...

AWESOME!!!

Robert Treskillard said...

Kayla said:

"And being that this is a pirate story, I'd think the ship would be more important",

which was opposite of my own comment, but I think hers makes more sense.

If there were more flames on the houses, then you might not even notice the ships. What about reversing the camera angle completely--having a large pirate ship in the foreground and the burning island in the background? I know that would be completely redo-ing it, so it is probably best to ignore the idea.

Changes or no changes, it is a great cover! Thanks for sharing it, Wayne.

Patrick said...

I love it Mr. Batson! Its eerie and beautiful...this is going to be one awesome adventure!!!

HannahS. said...

That's awesome! It makes me so excited for the book! The skull in the top right-hand corner is a little creepy though :) Otherwise, I love it!
~Hannah

Betsy said...

ooooooooooooooooo, I love it! It's fantastic Mr.Batson, seriously. Oh, and guess what! I'm starting me story over and editing it...again. I hate editing, now I know how real authors feel. This is either my 3rd or 4th time!

The Writer said...

It be beautiful. Aye, it be a fine sight fer me eyes.

Araken said...

I agree with treskillard that the perspective should be reversed. That way, the emphasis would be on the ships while still showing the burning buildings, which, incidentally need more flames to really be an Isle of Fire. Well, in my opinion.

Zaphir & Flinn- I tried reading slower. Not slowly but slower. Didn't work. Sorry.

WTB- I added a link to this site on my blog-thanks. its www.loveoffiction.blogspot.com.

aravis said...

The cover does its job, it grabbed my interest.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Batson it looks great! I can not wait to read it!
- Lindsay W.

Zaphir said...

Flinn- Elvish is quite awesome. I even have a book on it, but unfortunately I only get it out when I need to name the odd pet fish(which isn't very often since they all died and I don't want more xD).

Araken- I feel your pain ;)

Roheryn said...

tis AWSOMEFUL!

I love it!!!

Elfish said...

Zaphir- the fish comment killed me. XDDD Honestly, my mom is in the other room and probably thinks I need a straightjacket now.

Sapphira Adi said...

I absolutely love the cover! The color texture is great and the skull in the sky makes it adventurous looking! You have great cover illustrators! Keep it up!

Sapphira Adi

A Hobbit Name Took said...

Wayne, it looks totally awesome! I'm so excited for the book to come out.

A Hobbit named Took

***Flinn-fan-of-the-Twins*** said...

Amin ve' i' ale'quel en' i'. Aa' lle ilya Aman a're! (I think I just used a strange combo of Sindarin and Quenya...oops.) Anyway, to translate: I like the front of the book. May you all be blessed today!

Araken said...

Regardless of the fact that I can't read slowly, I thought it would be a good idea just to state that it's because these books are sooooo good.

elfish- I might be able to help you with that straight-jacket. Check my closet...

***Flinn-fan-of-the-Twins*** said...

I know this is COMPLETELY off subject, so forgive me. But two things have been on my mind. One: What ever happened to the writing contest? Two: Have you had any word on the movies, Wayne? Forgive me for being random!

Pais Charos said...

August will be a long wait, Scribe. Yikes!

I definitely plan on making a new banner for m'lord for the new book :)

Haley said...

Sweet cover, though I think what's inside the book will be better! :)

IndinaTookOfMithegard said...

it looks sooo cool and i can't wait to read it. that cover makes me want to read it even more!

to the three hour book readers: YOU GUYS ARE CRAZY! (lol) I can't read a book in a week much less three hours! Do you even understand the whole book when you are done? If so...LUCKY!

Sapphira Adi said...

I am also eager to read the book. The cover makes it much more appealing! Can't wait till it comes out!

Check out my blog!

Sapphira Adi

Anonymous said...

SWEET WAYNE!

IndinaTookOfMithegard said...

;0)

IndinaTookOfMithegard said...

;0)

Sapphira Adi said...

I am so excited!!!!!!

Sapphira Adi said...

By the way, any word yet from the producers about the door within movie? I really hope something good! Check out my blog! http://sapphiraadi.blogspot.com/

Sapphira Adi

Araken said...

Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! I'm on pins and needles right now, and probably will be until August! Hee-hee!

Ya'll really ought to check out Sapphira's blog...

Sapphira Adi said...

I agree with, araken. And thanks for the suggestion for my blog. *smiles thankfully*

God bless you!

Sapphira Adi

Christopher Hopper said...

Cooooooolnessssss!!!

CH

Kaleb said...

Very, very cool! I love the colors! I can't wait till it comes out!! :D

Shelby Marie said...

Oh, Flinn, I've been thinking about the same two random things! I actually entered something in suspense technique number six! And I've been practically dying to know about the movies!!! Somebody tell me something...? Anyone know anything?