View Single Post
Old March 3 2013, 02:17 AM   #27
Christopher's Avatar
Re: Anyone Like the "Inaccurate" Book Cover art from the 1980's?

Steve Mollmann wrote: View Post
Wasn't the actual (Danteri, right?) sword curved...?
I checked the text, and the sword on Calhoun's wall is described as a short sword with a curve to the blade and carvings on the handle. The sword depicted on the covers from Gods Above through Missing in Action is a double-handed longsword (judging from its size relative to the skull on the After the Fall cover), cruciform-hilted with a smooth grip (handle) and a straight double-edged blade with ornate engravings. So it definitely is not the sword on Calhoun's wall.

Also, on the cover of Stone and Anvil, it's driven deep into the titular anvil -- an obvious allusion to Excalibur. (The sword in the stone is actually a different one in most versions of Arthurian legend, but it's commonplace in modern times to equate it with Excalibur.)
Written Worlds -- Christopher L. Bennett's blog and webpage
Christopher is online now   Reply With Quote