It’s some sort of fungal growth, clearly. Slowly consuming our hero from his upper-left quadrant down. The book is the tale of his race against time to fulfil his destiny before it covers his entire body.
I love it when book covers accurately illustrate scenes from the story.
Fred, if you click on the full image and zoom in, they’re definitely horses in the background, though the grey one bottom left of the picture could be a giant goat..
Tom Noir, with you on this. The leg and arm of the rider are more “stock fantasy young hero woman”, than “stock fantasy hero dude”. Also something about the face and hair seems feminine to me.
Hey what if the horse is named “Star” and the rider “Destiny” – suddenly the cover all makes sense! wait, no it doesn’t. What if the HORSE is named destiny and the rider Star? Naa, that’s just a little creepy.
@Simon. Bravo sir. The old fashioned courage to stand up and admit to the deed, coupled with the modern sensibility permitting to be placed on a faceless and impersonal entity. I see an alternative career in politics as a distinct possibility for you, my fine sir…