Monday, July 6, 2009

Cover Art - Divine Series by P.C. Cast

P.C. Cast has unveiled the covers for the reprint of her adult fantasy trilogy DIVINE BY MISTAKE (August), DIVINE BY CHOICE (September), and DIVINE BY BLOOD (October). Apparently the book releases are exclusive to Borders until they hit wide release in November. You can view full cover flats on P.C. Cast's blog here. The original covers are also shown below. Which do you prefer?

I read this series when it was first released and it was very entertaining. I've included the blurb for the first book below.
NEW
ORIGINAL
Going . . . Going . . . Gone!

The most excitement teacher Shannon Parker expects on her summer vacation is a little shopping. But then her latest purchase -- a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it -- somehow switches her into the world of Partholon, where she's treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess . . .

It seems that Shannon has stepped into another's role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while it has some very appealing moments -- what woman doesn't like a little pampering now and then? -- it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and the threat of war against the evil Fomorians. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she's her double.

Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind . . .

11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous covers! It's funny how much a cover changes my opinion of a book! Most likely I wouldn't look twice at the books with the old covers but with the new ones I would probably pick them up. Very nice cover art.

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  2. I like both series of covers, but they give very different impressions of the books. I think the new covers will maybe appeal to more readers, as they have a look that suits more the current trend (black background with a strong color in contrast, portraits in closeup, etc.)They also look more modern and less "fantasy", so it might grab the attention of those who aren't familiar with the genre.

    Based on the blurb, I would say the old covers are better, but I haven't read the books so that's just my opinion of it :)

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  3. I'm split. I think the old covers are beautiful, but if I saw these in a bookstore, I admit I would be more likely to pick up the ones with the new covers. Reading tastes could have something to do with it...

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  4. I haven't been able to find the old ones, so it's such a treat the series is getting a reprint!

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  5. Doug,

    I have to agree with infiniteshelf. The new covers are more modern - but based on the book blurb, the old covers are more suitable for the story.

    M

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  6. I like both sets of covers, but wow do they give off a different feel!

    I think the new ones will appear to more readers based on the new trends and interest in more urban fantasy rather than conventional fantasy.

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  7. I've always wanted to read this series. As far as which covers are better, that is such a tough choice. While the originals say - hello, readers, you are about to open a fantasy novel. Enjoy; the newer versions aren't hideous at all. they're rather striking as well.

    The newer ones just don't really scream fantasy, and I'm a little afraid they could be misleading. I agree with Suzie in that they look more urban fantasy. What is this series, though? Straight fantasy?? Something else?

    I'd be happy to have either set though. Hopefully I will one day.

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  8. What a great blog post! I love seeing the old and new covers together.

    I'm actually torn about which I like best. The original work is beautiful - the artist was incredible. He and I corresponded and I loved how he worked. But they do say "fantasy novels!" when the books are really a mixture of that with a heavy dose of urban fantasy, as the series takes place in the fantasy world of Partholon as well as back here in Oklahoma. And the heroine is a modern woman who is basically yanked out of today and plopped into a fantasy setting - then returned to our modern world.

    I agree that the new covers appeal to a larger audience than only those who follow sf/f, which is wonderful because the books are more paranormal romance than straight fantasy.

    Interesting discussion! Thank you!

    PC

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  9. I love the new covers - much prefer them to the old ones :-)

    I agree with Rachael though - I try not to judge a book by its cover but I would have probably never looked at those with the old covers. Now I'm interested in reading them.

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  10. Rachael. First impressions do make a big difference, particularly to people that may not have heard of the author or series.

    infiniteshelf I like the old covers too, but the new covers certainly speak to a more modern vogue. While not the same style as the HoN books they do create a more consistent brand look for Cast.

    Caitlin I agree. The new covers bring some mystery while the old covers are very literal.

    Hope you find them this time Maija!

    Thanks Michelle.

    Suzie I think the new covers will definitely attract fresh readers tot he series.

    KMont as P.C. Cast notes below there is an element of the contemporary in the stories because the heroine is from modern day Oklahoma thrust into this fantasy world. The covers I think cover both worlds.

    Hi P.C.! Having read the books I think the new covers are a good choice because as you say they are paranormal romance. The blurbs and covers for the older editions don't really convey that the books also have elements of darkness and drama and aren't all sweetness and light. My preference goes with the new covers.

    Hope you pick them up Lady Lazarus. They really are an engaging series.

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  11. Hi Doug!

    I'm voting with the new cover. They seem to convene an element of mystery not present in the original cover, although the original covers are beautiful.

    Dottie :)

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