The blurb for King Maker:
On the streets of Indianapolis, the ancient Arthurian cycle is replaying in the lives of rival street gangs. Told through the eyes of King, as he gathers like-minded friends and warriors around him to venture into the fastness of Dred, the notorious crime lord, this is a stunning mix of myth and harsh reality. A truly remarkable novel.While the book itself is one I'm eagerly anticipating, the cover doesn't do much for me. I like the King Maker font but the Knights of Breton Court subtitle is off center and bugs me to no end. Anyone who reads my Covering Covers pieces also knows I'm not a fan of photorealistic characters on my covers. I'm not sure if its the fact that they interfere with my own mental image of the characters but they just don't feel right. This general design also evokes bad Urban Fantasy covers, which I don't care for. Angry Robot is always trying new things with their covers and while some of them aren't great they are at least trying to give each book its own unique look.
King Maker comes out in the UK in March 2010 and the US in September. I've got a few questions though.
1. Do foreign readers enjoy/understand the geography of America? Does setting the story in Indianapolis rather than Dallas or Nashville mean anything to UK audiences?
2. Why are publishers unwilling to put more stylistic covers on genre works? Why can we only get characters, cityscapes, or spaceships?
3. What do you think of this cover?