Apologies for actually missing Friday – it’s been a long week. To make up for it, for this week’s Bad Book Cover Friday, I’m covering (har [?]) a series that Kakaner has been begging me to do pretty much since the beginning – L. E. Modesitt, Jr.’s The Saga of Recluce.
These covers actually work the best without much commentary, so prepare for some scrolling –
See a running theme here yet?
Oh hello, yet another cover featuring two burly men about to hammer each other with their lances of energy. (This is my favorite of the bunch, for the record.)
Change it up – here’s a female (!) officer with some PIRATES.
Yes, yes, this is another situation where I can’t really judge because I haven’t read the books, and I’m sure the way in which whatever magic they’re using is performed is integral to the series, and having identical consistent posing and imagery helps brand the series, etc. etc., but you do have to wonder if literal illustrators ever step back from what they’re doing and look at it.