Those of you that have read my blog, or follow my GoodReads, know that I am crazy about The Four Horsemen series. The first, and the only book that is out, I think that I can quote by heart at this point. But, let’s keep that a secret between us. Now I found about Pestilence accidentally when I was perusing GoodReads, and somebody was reading it. I am usually not interested in anything that has biblical undertones. Yet, what hit me was the original cover:
The very first time that I saw this cover, I fell immediately and hopelessly in love with it. The background was forest, a theme that continued through the book. Moonlight shining through threes, onto the clearing, creating a very sensual setting. Sara is very dreamy and in obvious need for her Pestilence.
Now Pestilence himself is glorious in his golden armor. Originally I thought that he was a fae male, because of the intricate details of his armor. Crown, although is not a helmet, seems to be very practical in keeping his hair in check. His expression is of one in need, which is oh so dreamy.
I do think that his hands could’ve been holding her with more need, like cupping the back of her head. Otherwise, this cover was perfect. After the initial publishing came out a new edition, and the old cover seemed to be pulled off of the shelves. The original cover is now completely removed from GoodReads.
Now this cover has a completely different feel. It is more of a male model posing for a magazine spread. Yes, we now see the lettering of tattoos on Pestilence, but it looks like this is all that he has for armor, as those straps go over a shirt. Crown has still a similar look to it but does nothing to contain his mane of hair.
The overall feeling I, unfortunately, am getting is of a mass-paperback. You know those fast reads, to get off books. It is a given that details do look great, I can see certain aspects of his weapons, ahem, body clearer. Yet, instead of sensuality, the reader is now sold pure sex.
What do you guys think?
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