Yes, boys and girls, it's time to delve once more into the murky world of crap fantasy book covers. Today I thought I'd look at one which I actually saw in Waterstones earlier on today: Fallow Blade, by Cecilia Dart-Thornton, book four of the Crowthistle Chronicles.
Now, I actually like the artwork for the other books in this series. I like the colour tones and the borders, with all the little critters around the edges.
But the artwork for Fallow Blade is a bit rubbish. Five words: horses with bright green manes. What is otherwise a decent picture is ruined by the ludicrous colour of their manes. Look at the tones of the other colours: earthy, moody, natural. Then look at the colour of the manes: luminous, almost neon-like. In short, they stick out like a sore thumb.
I think I know where this misguided inspiration came from:
Yes, My Little Pony. Shock. Horror. But's it's true. Look at the pony on the right. It's the spitting image of the horse on the front of Fallow Blade. It's like My Little Pony versus the evil goblinoids.
Shame! Such blatant plagiarism! Shame on you, Mr Artist Sir!
Crap-o-meter rating - 6/10