I think we’re all erring in assuming the boring berobed fellow is the wizard here. That’s not how I interpret the situation at all. The young lady is the wizard. Robey back there is her flying exam assessor. I don’t think she’ll get her licence this time – she clearly fastened her safety belts incorrectly, and they’ve slipped. Even flashing that much skin probably won’t get thist one overlooked.
I assume that’s the dragon’s first or second maxillary tooth sticking up all fang-ish from the lower jaw. Crocodiles do that too, but their upper lips are bent out of the way. Draco the Allergic there is bound to chafe a bit.
People never get it right! When heads are upside-down the mouth does not hang open; it naturally shuts. However, when heads are upright and dead or unconscious or whatever, the mouth naturally hangs open.
Therefore, unconscious or dead people upside-down should have closed mouths.
Upright heads, or severed heads held up by the hair, should have open mouths.
I believe her mouth is open and her eyes closed to show that she is getting off on this. Because it’s terrible, and degrading, and is probably going to end up in her very unpleasant death — but gosh-darnit, the ladies secretly love such things!
As for what’s keeping her tinsel on, I would guess that the armorers clothing-designers of Generic Fantasy Worlds purchase fashion-model adhesives in bulk.
I wonder how she got trussed up there without getting a scratch on her. That lizardskin has got to be chafing her back.
I am also disturbed by her complete lack of anatomy. She hasn’t got a ribcage, just a sort of shelf. There isn’t a crease on her, or a muscle. And if you turn the image so her face is rightside up, you can see she has a disconcertingly big neck and small head with a ridiculously upturned tiny nose and disturbingly wide-spaced eyes.
She’s so very, very, very smooth, and her hair is so very, very, very lovingly brushed down over that poor lizard’s nose, it’s creepy.
AK – And yet the lizard-thing she’s strapped to is freakin’ detailed as hell. The visual contrast is rather distressing; every time I look at it, there’s this feeling that something is seriously wrong with the cover — I mean, aside from every single thing else.
I went and looked up the book, to see if there was actually some sort of non-S&M reason given in the story for the fake wizard to be strapping nearly-naked women to giant iguana/dragon–faces. There’s not a lot out of info, but someone mentioned there being large, scaly, lizard-type creatures that people ride, that later turn out to be all that’s left of a human population that survived a nuclear war. Assuming that’s really in the book, I can’t say it makes the cover make any more sense, or be any less effed up.
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