Of course, it had already been decided that the artist (Paul Richmond, who also did the cover for Dreams) would try to keep the basic thematic elements of the first novel, but he did a terrific job and I’m very happy.
For Dreams, Paul symbolized the overall theme of a battle between gods of fire/light and gods of darkness (though, I should point out, not exactly “good” and “evil”) by giving us the striking image of a sun and moon merged together. Since we see the gods of darkness much more in Dreams than we do the gods of light, the color scheme of the cover is still largely blue and dark, with clouds to symbolize the idea of dreaming.
In this novel, the gods of fire make an appearance, so Paul gave us a sense of the sun rising over the barren mountains where these gods dwell.
I can’t wait to see what the final novel cover looks like!