Rhythm of War US Cover Reveal


After Brandon teased the completion of the cover art for Rhythm of War in one of his recent Kickstarter livestreams, it was only a matter of time for Tor to officially release the full cover for the US edition of the fourth instalment in The Stormlight Archive. Without further ado, take a look at this gorgeous cover and read on for some background information:

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As always with The Stormlight Archive, Michael Whelan is responsible for the beautiful US cover art. Brandon is a huge fan of Michael, so he wanted him to do all the covers for the series, which so far has always worked out. As for what is depicted on the cover, we're getting another interpretation of Shadesmar and Shallan, as has been the theme for some international Rhythm of War editions so far, including the Bulgarian and UK ones. It's quite striking to see all the artists' takes on this scene and every one of them has captured the strange world of Shadesmar a little differently. Whelan has opted to portray the teeming vegetation more organically, with geometric shapes strewn in, while Yasen Stoilov shows an almost barren Cognitive Realm with more abstract tree shapes. 

We of course didn't only get the front cover, but also the raw dust jacket art, which additionally shows a white-haired man in the mid plane:

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What distinguishes Whelan's piece from the other depictions we've seen so far is that there's an ominous black cuboid visible in the background. As the scenes portrayed on the covers all have happened in the books in some way, I can't wait to find out what this might hint at! The white-haired figure appears to be Whelan's take on Adolin, as was confirmed by his assistant. This agrees with the Bulgarian cover, where we also see Adolin accompanying Shallan.

Feel free to share your thoughts and theories about the cover in the comments below! Please mark all Rhythm of War spoilers appropriately, as not everyone might want to know details yet but still wants to take in this gorgeous art!

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I've said it before and I'll say it again: It's so pretty!  The colors might be my favorite of all time for a US Stormlight cover.  Maybe second... I'm not sure.  I love how the plants seem to be following patterns.

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The vegetation looks like Julia set fractals to me..

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Why is Adolin dying his hair?  Is he a Hoid cosplayer?  In disguise?  Trying a new color?

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Lotus

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Beautiful! Just incredible. It reminds me of some of the WOT covers.

Also, she’s wearing gloves instead of a safe hand sleeve...

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What an ambitious crossover, first Brandon finishes the Wheel of Time, now he is incorporating Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series. :) 

I do like the nod though. In 2001 A Space Odyssey the monoliths increase people's intelligence and this black monolith is in the Cognitive Realm, the land of thoughts. 

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I'm wondering if that obsidian fortress ever manifests in the physical realm. Say, somewhere in the Purelake?

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That looks amazing! I absolutely love the cover art and the art in general for Stormlight! I also wonder if that obsidian block is on the Purelake? Is that the Purelake in Shadesmar? Like the whole picture? Either way I love it!

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Honorless

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A monolith? It's not in the area of Shadesmar we got a map for from Nazh back in OB, that contained rough representations of the structures, none were like this, plus the Honorspren cities are not in that area, which is where Shallan and Adolin are headed

Frozen waves? Part of the land water inversion in the Cognitive or something else?

What are those things behind Shallan? Some kind of spren?

Adolin's hair looks white, while it could be simply the lighting there's also the colourful aura in the stone below him

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Ookla's Dice

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Kaladin's book: Eshonai on the cover

Shallan's book: Kaladin on the cover

Dalinar's book: Jasnah on the cover

Eshonai/Venli's book: Shallan on the cover

Hmmmmmmm...

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On 17/08/2020 at 2:10 PM, Bondsmith30 said:

Soooo many questions in a cover.  Love it.

Like: "Where's Waldo Maya?" I've scanned the drawing but couldn't find her. Help?

On 17/08/2020 at 2:02 PM, Spren of Kindness said:

 I love how the plants seem to be following patterns.

Speaking of patterns, where is he?

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12 hours ago, Czernobog said:

I'm wondering if that obsidian fortress ever manifests in the physical realm. Say, somewhere in the Purelake?

For all we know it might be native to the PR and got pulled into the CR. 

though it’s obsidian black look is very reminiscent of the ground in Shadesmar

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8 hours ago, Matrim's Dice said:

Kaladin's book: Eshonai on the cover

Shallan's book: Kaladin on the cover

Dalinar's book: Jasnah on the cover

Eshonai/Venli's book: Shallan on the cover

Hmmmmmmm...

In the Tor comments, Michael's assistant actually said that the figures on TWOK cover are generic soldiers and not any specific characters.

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What is Adolin holding? At first I assumed it was his shardblade, but he's in Shadesmar.

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Der Herzog

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On 8/21/2020 at 8:20 AM, Zachary Holbrook said:

What is Adolin holding? At first I assumed it was his shardblade, but he's in Shadesmar.

It would be a side sword. He would know he would need it if he went back to the CR.

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added the quote from the other comment.
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Any chance those squares are related to Renarin's abilities? He sees the future in squares, if I'm not mistaken.

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On 8/18/2020 at 1:01 PM, Matrim's Dice said:

Kaladin's book: Eshonai on the cover

I always thought it was Dalinar

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