Tuesday, May 25, 2010
TOR released the final version of the US cover for Towers of Midnight today:
It's one of the better covers I think. And it shows one of the most hotly-anticipated quests in the series. A good choice of scene!
The Tower of Ghenejei is depicted as stone which gets a metallic sheen when activated, yet in the books it's a tall column of metal.
Thom doesn't have his harp or flute because carrying a musical instrument through the doorway would be an obvious violation of the agreement with the *Finns. The idea is to 'cheat' while keeping to the letter of the contract. (Like most Aes Sedai do with their Oaths...)
Mat carries a bag of tricks - with items that appear innocuous but allow him to get the better of the *Finns. Aludra's matches should be there. I expect Mat can enter the Tower with his ashandarei because the *Finns gave it to him and if they took it back it would violate their bargain with him.
It strikes me that this is one of the few Sweet WOT covers with no onlookers or followers - just the three foreground figures. New Spring might be the only other one.
The changes from the previous version of the TOM cover are:
1) both Noal and Thom (making his mark) have white hair
2) Mat now has his trademark hat and his ashandarei is depicted more authentically
3) the triangle is now point down as described in the books
4) a typo corrected in the word Gathering.