What can be better than just dinosaurs? Knights on dinosaurs! We have a long, proud history of dinsoaur-love on Tor.com. Remember that time we collected nearly a hundered dinosaur paintings into one post? So imagine our delight when Tor Books editor Claire Eddy said she was editing the start of a new book series that basically puts 15th century knights on the backs of dinosaurs.
I have to admit, artist Richard Anderson was the first name that popped into my head when it came time to illustrate the cover.
Creating a book cover with knights riding dinosaurs (or in this case knight riding dinosaur) is not as easy as it sounds. There was a real possibility that the art could fall staight into kitsch, but Anderson’s eneregtic brushwork and the force of movement in his pieces gave the cover all the “badass” we needed.
Check it out:
What kind of world necessitates knights riding dinosaurs? This kind:
A world made by the Eight Creators on which to play out their games of passion and power, Paradise is a sprawling, diverse, often brutal place. Men and women live on Paradise as do dogs, cats, ferrets, goats, and horses. But dinosaurs predominate: wildlife, monsters, beasts of burden – and of war. Colossal planteaters like Brachiosaurus; terrifying meateaters like Allosaurus and the most feared of all, Tyrannosaurus rex. Giant lizards swim warm seas. Birds (some with teeth) share the sky with flying reptiles that range in size from batsized insectivores to majestic and deadly Dragons.
Thus we are plunged into Victor Milán’s splendidly weird world of The Dinosaur Lords, a place that for all purposes mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…and the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. Where we have vast armies of dinosaur-mounted knights engaged in battle. And during the course of one of these epic battles, the enigmatic mercenary Dinosaur Lord Karyl Bogomirsky is defeated through betrayal and left for dead. He wakes, naked, wounded, partially amnesiac – and hunted. And embarks upon a journey that will shake his world.
How can we even. The Dinosaur Lords arrives July 2015.