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This is an interesting one! To start with, my first guess for the genre is fantasy, though in truth the title and image could go a number of directions. I like the colors and this is an intriguing and beautifully rendered image, and the layout works nicely. I had expected the cover might lose detail in reduction but it holds up well. The title is also surprisingly readable even at a thumbnail size - my only suggestion there might be to give the words surrounding 'PURGATORY' a bit more weight. The only suggestion I might offer here is a hint of the genre. I'm completely in the dark there, though I personally find the cover eye-catching and unique enough that I am headed off to learn more.
The genre is a little unclear. I read a lot of fantasy and sf, and this might fall into the serous literary sort of fantasy, the sort written by John Crowley or Audrey Niffenegger or Gene Wolfe.However, I could also see it as a political thriller, between the classical allusions and the strong red-white-and-blue color scheme.It catches the eye, but without a context it's hard to see what it might be about. Serious, certainly, not a light read, maybe even Miltonian in some way.
My hand would reach for this. I'd have to check it out.
I haven't got a clue to what the book is about or what it's genre is. If I wasn't busy I might read the blurb but if I was I would pass it on by.
The colors and typography grabbed me. Nice balance of light and dark, and it has a feeling of deep texture. Like the others, I have no clue what the genre is—but because the cover is so attractive, I'd definitely check the blurb to see if that grabbed me too.
I initially thought the genre was fantasy because the cover reminded me of Frank Frazetta's artwork. But it could be mythological or literary, as well. Hard to say.I like the artwork. I like the colors. I like the overall presentation. I have no idea what it's about. But it's interesting enough to make me read the description...so...good job!
I love this cover. It was so good it made me shiver. It's so striking! The colors and mood are rich and evocative, and I love the subtle reference to the aged boatman Charon ferrying souls across the river Styx... a clear reference to the title. Based on that and the notable subtitle, "a novel," I am guessing this is upscale commercial fiction/literary fiction.
Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions.The art work was by Carl Graves using a Gustave Dore print that I supplied. I highly recommend Carl.The genre is a blending of thriller and fantasy.Should be out in mid-June.
This. Is. Awesome. I so rarely get the opportunity to say that about indie covers!:)