Marc Simonetti is not a secret anymore, his reputation spread worldwide over the past several years. It is only just for things to be this way, Marc Simonetti proved his great talent on plenty of occasions with his paintings, works that also embellished the covers of books signed by Robin Hobb, George R.R. Martin or Patrick Rothfuss and published in France, Brazil or United States, just to give a few examples. Personally, I am always happy to see a new cover receiving life out of Marc Simonetti’s brushes, even more so when the book in question is one I enjoyed a fair bit. As it is the case with Jeff Salyards’ “Scourge of the Betrayer”, the first novel in the “Bloodsounder’s Arc” series. However, as much as I liked Jeff Salyards’ novel I couldn’t find equal excitement about its original cover, the artwork was merely all right for me. I cannot say the same about the French edition though, Marc Simonetti, once again responsible for a very attractive book cover, captured perfectly the atmosphere of “Scourge of the Betrayer”, the vicious flails, a solid presence but keeping something to themselves, as they do within the pages of the novel, the chronicle, written and reflected in blood and violence, and the teasing hints born out of the mirrored image. Dark and menacing, in my opinion this cover is the perfect match for Jeff Salyards’ “Scourge of the Betrayer”. And my interest in the upcoming second novel of the “Bloodsounder’s Arc” series, “Veil of the Deserters”, is now accompanied by my curiosity in how a cover for the French edition of Jeff Salyards’ sophomore book would look like.