Last week author Joe Abercrombie – The First Law Trilogy, Best Served Cold and The Heroes – announced new covers for two of his books in the US.

The first is for Best Served Cold. Abercrombie’s follow up to his First Law trilogy set in the country of Styria. A violent tale of betrayal and revenge told on a grand scale with a large cast. The character on the front – I assume – is the main protagonist General Monza Murcatto. Considering what happens to her at the beginning of the book, she looks better than what I’d visualized.

Next is the cover for his latest book The Heroes. Set in the North telling the story of a three day battle between the Northmen and armies of the Union, it is a gritty look at the realities of war, latrines and all.

I’m not sure I like these new covers as much as I do the traditional damaged scroll effect his books usually have. These look more like graphic novel covers, or possibly movie posters. They have a certain style to them, but then I’ve always been of the opinion a books cover should have some hint as to what the book itself is about.

The Heroes cover may cover[sic] this – the muscular arm on the front appears to point toward its owner possibly being a hero. But then if you’ve read the book you’ll know its not really about heroes – human ones or the monolithic stones the battles rages around.