EW has revealed the cover art for Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare … this will be the first book in her new trilogy The Infernal Devices, which are prequels to The Mortal Instruments. Oh, and they’ll also be the focus of our August Book of the Month!
How important is the cover art—designed by Cliff Nielsen, who also made the three “Mortal Instruments” covers—in helping tell a story to the audience, before they even read the first page? What’s this cover all about?
I think it gives you a lot of the atmosphere of these books. The covers are approachable but they’re also otherworldly, and also give some of the setting. You get a feeling of London and from the clothing you get a feeling of the period, but also, it is clearly not a historical novel. In this case too, the little clockwork gears that are scattered in the edges of the cover in order to give that sense of the clockwork people that are in this book. [The novel’s] got touches of that steampunk technology, of gears turnings and mechanisms moving and being wound. So it’s much more tactile.
For the comments: What do you think of the cover?