Over on his blog, Joe Abercrombie has just revealed the draft for the Gollancz edition of his forthcoming novel, The Heroes. The Orbit cover had previously been shown and it is now obvious that they are pretty different. This new cover is clearly following the same basic pattern as the cover for Abercrombie's previous novel, Best Served Cold, which also featured a map in the background and a weapon, then a sword now an axe, in the forefront. As Abercrombie notes, this isn't the final cover - that one will be a full wraparound and will most likely contain a few differences, a touch of blood, etc.

Even with this being a rough draft, I already prefer this cover to that proposed by Orbit - there is a stark simplicity to it that attracts the eye. I will be interested in seeing the full cover with the map drawn out fully. This is a book I'm quite excited about, but it isn't due until January 2011. As Abercrombie does in his post, I encourage you to go pre-order The Heroes, you can do so here.

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