We’re starting a new feature here on Chapter Break called Chat About Covers. ‘Cause you know we all judge books by covers, whether we admit it or not. We judge the style, the color and font choices, and just the overall look. That might not keep us from reading the book, but we do still judge.
Alright there is just so much going on in this cover that is just so not working.
The girl, looks kinda Tomb Raider-y, appears to be kick-ass awesome. But behind her I’m seeing some kind of portal/vortex/fire?? Is this a weird type of Sliders spin-off? Below the vortex thinger, I’m seeing rolling hills? Smoke maybe? It just isn’t working.
Now, would somebody please kindly tell me what those creepy looking bird and snake things are doing blended into the cover? It just looks so wrong to have weird eyes just, hanging out there, and you really gotta squint and think about what animal they belong to. Just NO.
The fonts look good, though. They stand out from the background well. So, points for that.
The first thing I notice about this cover is the giant red swirl in the middle. Looks like a portal to travel through space or time. And I’m guessing that’s not the point. Or maybe that is the point? It is “The Gateway” series, after all. But still, red? I’d be worried about bursting into a ball of flames, not being transported through a gateway.
More disturbing, though is the practically “floating” eyes. Is that a snake? And a bird? Fish? Kind of looks like it could be either. And really, what does that have to do with the plot?
And finally, let’s discuss the main character. I guess having a knife and gun strapped down to your thighs would be handy in fighting off the snakes and bird/fish. But the thigh-high stiletto boots? Those don’t seem to practical. But hey, what do I know!
What are your thoughts on this cover?