The absolute final cover

…and when I got back to Santa Fe from Taos this afternoon, what do I find waiting for me on the tubes of the Interweb but a final version of the Pirate King cover, really truly final this time:

You can compare this with the one I’d thought was the final cover, a few posts back, by scrolling down…

So, what do you think?

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  1. Strawberry Curls on March 24, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    Whoever did the final tweak knew a thing or two — your name at the top works much better. **hopping up and down with excitement** Another step completed, and bringing us closer to getting our hands of the book in Sept. Wahoooo!


  2. EBPitcher on March 24, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I do like this much better!

  3. Pat Floyd on March 24, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Laurie, I’m glad to see this change. In the previous version your name reversed into the light gold color didn’t provide enough contrast. I’ve sat with designers at those wonderful art computers as they moved elements around and made them larger and smaller until we got a version that pleased us. With this cover, I would like to take a look at what it would be like with the title placed above “A novel of suspense, etc. . . .” Yet the way it is may be best. The designer had an interesting but awkward piece of art to work with.

  4. Meredith on March 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm

    Yep. This one’s better. Lovely and whimsical.//Meredith

  5. Kath on March 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm

    I like the change of putting the your name at the top, but there’s something about the cover I don’t care for….it doesn’t seem like Mary Russel to me, but then I’m not a cover designer so what do I know? It certainly won’t keep me from buying it 🙂

  6. Feste on March 25, 2011 at 12:57 am

    It’s very beautiful. And I won’t even obsess over how an early camera like that one would need a lot of strong sunlight for the film exposure to actually work. It’s wonderfully artistic, but not very practical that the three=legged camera could be out there on the bow sprit. But I won’t obsess. I love the colors. And your name is much better positioned. Congratulations.

  7. vickivanv on March 25, 2011 at 6:44 am

    I just hope they tested it. Data is good and crunchy–*nom, nom, nom*.

  8. Gail Lelyveld on March 25, 2011 at 7:48 am

    I managed to miss the last cover; however I think this one is great. I love the sunset with people trying to have a sword fight and the cameraman taking it all in. I’m chuckling as I type. I can’t wait for this one.

  9. Beryl Gulick Hanna on March 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Our Tuolumne County Library pastes their Bar Code ID stickers on the top line of book covers where it can be read by the check out machine. Your name would be partially obscured in this version. Not a good idea.

  10. Nancy Gordon on March 25, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    This one is definitely better!

  11. james on March 25, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    Dear Ms. King, Just to see the final cover art makes me yearn for September.However wishing time to speed by is not spiritualy healthy , so I must along with your other ardent followers bide my time and itch to get my hands on a copy. Here is looking forward to early Autumn!!! James

  12. Linda on March 25, 2011 at 6:27 pm

    I also like it better than the previous version. Not that The Pirate King isn’t important, but it IS a Laurie R. King book, and that now stands out even better than before. I am awaiting this book with tremendous anticipation. There is always humor in the Russell/Holmes books, but to have one deliberately slanted toward humor… be still my heart. Only wish I could have it in my hands at Bouchercon in St. Louis.

  13. strawberry curls on March 25, 2011 at 10:35 pm


    The book is being released on Sept. 6th, so B’Con (Sept. 15-18th) is a definite possibility for signage.


  14. Kathryn on March 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Your name at the top is much better- a stronger impact, even though it’s a simple change. I do think the graphics/color captures the intense, dangerous, mysterious, colorful adventures that Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes often embark upon. I like!

  15. Kathryn #2 on March 28, 2011 at 12:46 am

    Colour and all the rest noted above are all true and lovely. However I am not sure that it reflects Mary in any way; could there be some feminine image/imagery invoked somewhere? Perhaps suggested in the foreground of the castle/building at the bottom right?

  16. kate on March 28, 2011 at 4:13 am

    I love the cover – both versions work fine for me. What I want to know though is does Pirate King have the same publication date in the UK as in the US and will it have the same cover? Very excited and don’t want to be disappointed!

    • Laurie King on March 28, 2011 at 5:06 am

      Very sorry, but the UK edition doesn’t have a pub date yet, I really don’t know why. And they will undoubtedly have a different cover.

  17. kate on March 28, 2011 at 5:37 am

    That’s a pity – I’ll just have to get an American one then!

  18. Merrily Taylor on March 28, 2011 at 6:18 am

    I think it’s beautiful, I love the sunset background and the entire exotic feel.

  19. Chris on March 29, 2011 at 1:09 am

    **sigh** 😉
    Well, there is an incentive to buy both editions, IF the UK one is running later than the US edition!!! I’ll have to have the US first edition as soon as it is published and then, of course, add the UK edition to the shopping list too!


  20. J Burch on March 30, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Mmm. I agree, the placement of the name is much better. The cover is very lovely, however it just doesnt completely come together in my mind as being the cover of a Mary Russell novel. Perhaps its the campy-vibe that the covers gives off visually. Who knows… however, my mind isnt closed to it. We shall see what we shall see, come the fall.

  21. Beth Pizel on April 3, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    I’m so enamoured of the name Fflytte. It’s inspired – can’t wait to meet him.
    Fflytte, a rogue’s name if ever I heard one.

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