These are proposals for Pitch Black publishing for their upcoming Lord of Swords II anthology.
Up first is a more "cute" solution. This is the one that I figured folks had the hardest time seeing when I described it. If this one is liked, I plan to do really lush, dark red satin behind the swords. Hopefully catching the buyer's eye! I feel this one is a bit more "friendly".
The second one is the stuff of wet dreams of teenage boys! <g>. This is so NOT female oriented.... how many frakkin' phallic symbols can ya find?
But it is a more traditional image. It is iconic, single figure... there is a reason why something like this is a cliche... it probably works at selling books. I have no data... but we've seen this image over and over again. Still, I like the audacity of so many blades strapped to our "Lord".
And apologies to swiping a bit of Samurai Champloo... if you've seen the opening sequence, you know what I speak of...
One note, I think If this one is chose, I would love to move the swordtip superimposed on the setting sun smack dab on the spine.