A low-fantasy book cover for the first book in a series about teenage medieval rebel spies. It's in a fantasy world (dark forests, tall mountains, medieval weapons, etc.), but there's no magic, so I'm hoping to get across a fantastical, mysterious, but not necessarily magical vibe.
Ideas: (see attached sketches, plus written descriptions below).
Idea 1: A digital-painting style rendition of a 17-year old male on a rocky cliff overlooking misty, snowing mountains, looking cold and desperate and clutching a broken spear in one hand. See the attachment for a cobbled-together mockup.
Idea 2: A semi-stylized (not photo-realistic) warrior (17-year old male) standing in a forest or crouched on a mountain ledge, dressed in medeival-ish pants, shirt, cloak, holding a weapon (a dagger or spear), looking kindof mysterious / spy / assassin-ish. Here are a few examples that give the general feel I'm looking for:
https://goo.gl/Hg7knK (I really like this one)
https://goo.gl/XPLAI8 (this one too)
https://goo.gl/8XSDUP (This one's pretty good too)
https://goo.gl/GAIElA (The subject matter in this one isn't right, but the spidery mysterious feel is perfect)
https://goo.gl/j25hn7 (This is an example of what I don't want (photorealism and seeing the character's face). I'm looking for more stylized / shadowy / mysterious.)
Idea 3: A more symbolic cover, along the lines of these:
https://goo.gl/EMqygC (pretty cool)
https://goo.gl/xnGdir (not bad)
https://goo.gl/LcaepW (with a broken spear instead of a sword, something like this would be neat)
Idea 4: Something else with a general teenage-medieval-spy-assassin-feel.
Symbols it'd be cool to incorporate:
-The "everknot" (a kind of infinity knot that has a lot of meaning in the book... it's an ancient symbol of an unbreakable treaty that has now been broken).
-A spear with the shaft broken off about 6 inches from the blade - one of the characters wears this around his neck / fights with it like a dagger after his friend is killed with it.
Details: I need a front cover for a kindle version as well as a front cover, spine, and back cover for a paperback. Bonus points if you can supply the photoshop file with editable text so I can move things around to make facebook images and stuff later on.
Kindle version: 1563x2500 pixels (https://goo.gl/S3S0op)
Paperback version: 6x9x0.81 inch @300ppi, pdf size template attached.
Author: Travis Daniel Bow
Series: The Everknot Duet (Book 1)
Quote to (possibly) incorporate: "Bow's terrific debut... is like a runaway freight train, barreling forward and fun to read." -Kirkus Reviews