Reader mail: How big are the scythes in the CROAK trilogy?

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Guys, I get it. Look how honkin’ big that thing is on the cover. And yet, in the text of the books, scythes are stored in pockets, unfold like penknives, and able to be wielded with one hand.

What’s going on?

You’re not losing your mind – in the Grimsphere, scythes ARE handheld. They’re about the size of a small hammer, and are basically miniature, foldable versions of their giant forefathers. But if this shrunken variant of a scythe appeared on the cover, no one would know what the heck it is. The large, standard scythe is immediately recognizable as the Grim Reaper’s weapon of choice, so that’s why it’s on the cover – even though it’s not actually in the books. That cover only gets one shot at conveying the premise of the story, and the best way to do that is with an iconic symbol. One look at that bad boy, along with that bad girl and her pointy hoodie, and you know you’re in business with some reapin’ good times.

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3 comments

  1. God, I spent a lot of time for the first book or so going between the text and the cover, thinking I must have missed something.

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