Durbin, are you telling us that the publisher continues to perpetuate a cover world that is entirely independent of the textual world contained within said cover? Somebody should write a thesis about this two-worlds model of fictional presentation. (Not me, I’m busy.)
That pink-clad girl is in an entirely different space from the dragon.. Her perspective is different, her lighting is different — she looks like a new iteration of the Space Sheep.
This is one of those covers where each individual thing is well-painted, but nothing holds together.
I had thought the cover of the earlier book by “Thorarinn Gunnarsson” was a massive error — a half-finished noodle by the earlier artist grabbed randomly from some pile in her studio. But if so the publishers compounded it by commissioning this deliberately to echo it. And you say it has utterly nothing to do with the book? Man.
I don’t understand the dragon’s head. How do the cranium, jaw, and neck articulate? I can’t put it together.
I also don’t understand why there’s the ring and chains in the foreground. Was the child chained, and then the dragon released her to play? Or vice versa?
That’s an ugly, ugly font. The letters are hard to tell apart (compare H and N) and run into each other. And, the drab orange clashes with the brightest thing (the child’s shirt) as well as most of the other colors on the front.
Poor Thorarinn. Whoever he was, he didn’t deserve this cover.
Given the changes in clothing and location between the two covers I would expect the next cover in this series to be an Arctic scene with her wearing a pink bikini. It seems she sheds clothing the colder her location appears to be.