Aug 12

Dating websites always seem to set me up with lions...Click for full image

Art Direction: A normal lion! That’s right, not a man lion or even a lion holding a laser rifle. You see, that guy by the water cooler was a genius! Why change a winning formula? Expect this time, leave off the sword and instead we’ll have lots of magical glowing. Magical… purple glowing!
Published 2011

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 5.35 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Magic Slays”

  1. THX 1138 Says:

    “Wait – do you smell something lion-y?”

  2. Phil Says:

    Magic Bleeds. Magic Slays. Is there anything magic CAN’T do?

  3. Tom Noir Says:

    My art direction: “Hot chick with a sword in that magical, glowing moment before she gets eaten by a lion.”


  4. Tom Noir Says:

    The previous novel featured on this illustrious site was Magic Burns.

    Rumors that the next outing in the series will be entitled “Magic Itches” are unconfirmed at this time.

  5. Tom Noir Says:

    “Fans of urban fantasy will delight in Ilona Andrew’s alternate universe Atlanta.”

    I know that the words ‘alternate universe Atlanta’ certainly give ME goosebumps! I just cannot get enough fantasy novels set in the capital of Georgia.

  6. dangermom Says:

    Wait, what is wrong with her chest? She seems to have a football stuffed into her tank top.

  7. Kristin Says:

    I hope she never has to run anywhere.

  8. Carrie Says:

    You’re sort of scraping the barrel if you think the Andrew’s covers are bad enough to skewer. In the grand scheme of things, they’re totally benign. At least the object on the cover have something to do with the book, and the series is quite good if you enjoy urban fantasy.

  9. drlemaster Says:

    My good sir or ma’am,

    The issue at hand it not whether this is good urban fantasy series, or whether Ms. Andrews is a good author, or whether the cover is representative of the story. The issue is, rather, is it enjoyable to poke fun at the fact this cover is so very, very shiny.

  10. fred Says:

    Why is she giving her knee the Iron Claw?

  11. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Somewhere — somewhere close — a publisher is developing an embossed cover that is so shiny, you’ll go blind looking at it.

  12. jerk of all trades Says:

    I don’t think those are her own legs.

  13. Jami Says:

    I’m surprised no one made any Narnia jokes.

  14. Infoqueen Says:

    I’m with you, dangermom:
    what’s with the glowing purple right boob? Is that where the magic burned her last time?

  15. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Are ANY book covers more generic than these “Urban Fantasy” covers?

    They are exactly the same! Woman with tight pants and tribal tattoo + totem animal, holding some knife-ish weapons.

  16. GSS noob Says:

    I can’t figure out her chestal area at all. Basketball? No. Rugby ball? It’s not pointy enough for an American/Canadian football. But at least it distracted me from her right hand.

    The lion is pretty good, although he seems a bit bemused as to why he’s on this cover (as well he should be).

  17. classicOz Says:

    Perhaps her accessories help her walk with a straight lion

  18. JJYoyo Says:

    The edgy reboot of the Narnia series featured Aslan cautioning a bipolar Lucy not to stab her popular older sister Susan.

  19. Emster Says:

    And who can forget Killer Klipper, the ill-advised follow up reboot to Voyage of the Dawn Treader, where Lucy escapes her cabin prison and takes vengeance on the captain and crew…

  20. GSS ex-noob Says:

    @JJ, Emster: Your edgy Narnia is something I’d read.

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