I must be behind the times, because I was surprised when Amber sent over some news about Kresley Cole‘s Arcana Chronicles series. First off, it looks like book #3, Dead of Winter, won’t be released until next January 6th. It is a little later than I had heard originally, but not too major a pushback. Also, it looks like the first two books in the series are getting a bit of a facelift. Poison Princess will be re-released in paperback format on August 19th, and Endless Knight will make its paperback debut on September 2nd.
How do you feel about changes in cover design in the middle of a series? I can’t even count how many have gone this route lately – especially in YA trilogies. The hardcover version of the first book will have one design, and then the paperback re-release and books two and three will be totally different. I am not a fan for the mid-stream switch, even when the design changes for the better. My shelves, dammit! Must. Look. Matchy!
Here’s a side by side comparison…
What do you think of the new design? I wasn’t a huge fan of the Photoshop jobs in the originals, but I didn’t hate them, either. Will you be picking up the new versions, or sticking with what you have? I would imagine that book three will follow the new design, just to toy with my emotions, so no more awkward Photoshopping to point and laugh at.