Mar 29

In schools of wizardry... those with awesome hats rule!Click for full image

MisterBOB’S Art Direction: Put an ad in a newsagent window for teenager model wanted for artist reference, do not scare him!
Published 1992

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: 6.08 out of 10)

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20 Responses to “Lioness Rampant”

  1. Alessandra Kelley Says:

    That’s the least rampant lioness I’ve ever seen.

  2. Tom Noir Says:

    “It’s like Harry Potter, only more androgynous.”

  3. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  4. Smith Says:

    That is some major sunburn.

  5. Smith Says:

    And I have to say, the image on the previous Best of All Possible Wars would surely better suit a title like Lioness Rampant.

  6. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    @Smith: true. So, the best of all wars is one that takes place in front of the kiddies, in a cave underneath a castle? I’ve heard worse ideas…

  7. L.B. Says:

    I thought “What’s Macaulay Culkin doing on the cover of that book?”

  8. A.R.Yngve Says:


  9. THX 1138 Says:

    Admit it, this is the Bizarro World edition, right?

  10. fred Says:

    If covers were songs this would be a Celine Dion Barry Manilow duet of “You Light Up My Life”.

  11. Phil Says:

    As long as artists keep on doing it, I’ll keep on saying it:

    Behind you!!!

  12. Trish Says:

    Saddest thing is, I think that’s supposed to be a short-haired woman…

  13. A.R.Yngve Says:


  14. hep c Says:

    I think Phil has a point. Maybe there should be a Behind you! tag.

  15. Marquis of Hartington Says:

    This was actually one of my favourite books ever as a child. The woman in the foreground and the wizard are twins who switched places as children so she could become a knight, while he went away in her place to a lady’s finishing school that also trained boys as magicians.

  16. mere Says:

    its supposed to be a woman. I love this series but this is the worst cover of it I’ve seen by far.

  17. Stevie T Says:

    Lets take an exciting book about a (very active) Lady Knight (who didn’t wear her hair short) and make it look extremely boring. Oh, and lets make her wizard brother look like a total idiot with a stupid hat that wizards in their world DON’T WEAR.

  18. anon Says:

    I wish the cover artist had actually made the girl, who I assume is the lioness, rampant.
    Then again, it seems the artist seems to have only changed the background of a photo taken at an entrance to a costume party.

  19. THX 1138 Says:

    You have to watch Game of Thrones to see her getting rampant.

  20. Anna T. Says:

    This is an awesome book. Clearly whoever designed the cover didn’t actually read it, given as how the cover model is clearly a blonde boy, rather than a red-haired woman.

    And no self-respecting mage (or indeed mage in general) in Tortall would ever be caught dead in such a stupid hat.

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