The U.K. is certainly on board with promoting Daughter of Smoke & Bone and its sequel, Days of Blood & Starlight. Laini Taylor revealed these covers for the U.K. special editions of her book, which will be sold exclusively at Tesco stores (in the UK).
In an article Laini had written for the Tesco site, she starts with this much about them:
It’s late on a Saturday night and I’m gazing at the new cover designs for Daughter of Smoke & Bone and Days of Blood & Starlight, trying to imagine I’m a shopper who’s never heard of these books before. It’s an impossible exercise. These books are stamped on my brain. Because of the way I write (my unhealthy perfectionist tendencies leading me to compulsively reread every word dozens of times), I practically have them memorized. But these covers are so different from all of the other editions that I do get glimmers of the magic of an unknown book.
I love these covers.
The settings of Prague and Morocco are crucial to the atmosphere of the books, but this is the first time they’ve been featured on the covers. Both images seem to invite you to enter, don’t they? Come, stroll across the Charles Bridge, or pass through this doorway into the golden light within.
You can read the rest of the article here. I can’t say I blame her, either. These covers are definitely pretty, and they sure do make me want to vacation off to Prague and Morocco, since I love to travel as well. However, I will have to stick with imagining those places through these books for now until my fortune comes in.
via Laini Taylor’s blog.