Purchase Status: Bought and reviewed.
Description (from Amazon.com): In the ancient and mystical land of Muirwood, Lia has known only a life of servitude. Labeled a “wretched,” an outcast unwanted and unworthy of respect, Lia is forbidden to realize her dream to read or write. All but doomed, her days are spent toiling away as a kitchen slave under the charge of the Aldermaston, the Abbey’s watchful overseer. But when an injured squire named Colvin is abandoned at the kitchen’s doorstep, an opportunity arises…
The cover got me to look twice at this book. The stone with the face on it caught my attention; it made me ask questions, it made me wonder. The colors — particularly of the sun through the trees — caught my eye. That use of color let me look twice at the cover. The art is well done. It's not the best art I've ever seen, but it's obvious (to me at least) that this cover was a product of love and care. Someone put a lot of work into it, and it shows.
It included a character of some sort — albeit in the form of a face in the stone. It made me ask questions.
This is a good thing for cover art to do. It isn't out of this world art, but it serves its purpose. It got me to look at the description of the book.
Before I talk about the text layout and some other fiddly bits about the cover, I want to talk about the description. This reads — somewhat — like a back-of-the-book blurb. It wasn't perfect. There were things that made me not too keen on the book, but I was intrigued by the second sentence:
The main character's motivation was to read and to write. That caught my attention. That actually got me to look at the sample. Ultimately, despite not being ‘in love' with the sample I bought the book. There are some tics the writer has that is going to, without doubt, drive me right up a wall by the time I'm done reading, but the character's motivation is so interesting in a fantasy work that I decided I would give this one a try. I'll risk $2.38 on that gamble, even knowing there are tics I'm going to have to work really hard to just accept and ignore while reading.
Back to the cover itself.
I like the fonts used. It's creative, especially the Muirwood. It looks nice. It was easy to read at thumbnail size — except the author's name. That didn't work quite so much for me. Still, it works. It isn't too imposing, and the layout of the text shows someone with some talent made this cover. That gives me hope for what lay within it.
There isn't a whole lot more to say about this cover.