When I was growing up, I always dreamed of having one of my books published by Del Rey Books. At the time and even now, Del Rey has been a quality company, one that has published some of the best names in the fantasy and science fiction genre.

Of course, with Terry Brooks has the foundation of Del Rey and given my own fan appreciation of Terry’s work, it’s easy to see why that desire would be bolstered.

Part of my dream also included having my book look like a Terry Brooks book. Well, that time has come. I am going to self-publish my fantasy novel, The Dark Thorn, as an eBook and hardcover in the coming weeks and months respectively. But an aspect of how Terry’s books look has changed over the years—two different fonts used—and I’m torn between them. In short, I need your help.

Terry’s Shannara hardcovers for Heritage, Voyage, and High Druid in the United States have featured a font named Weiss. I’ve loved this font since The Scions of Shannara was first published. It’s one many of you will know just looking at it.

The second font is named Berling, and has been used on Terry’s more recent novels like The Measure of the Magic. It also has a quality, like Weiss, that I love.

Click each image to view larger:


PDF A – Weiss

PDF B – Berling

They are different though. And as I said, I’m torn between which font I should use in The Dark Thorn.

So I thought I’d put it up for a vote and get some feedback from you guys. You all know what you want from a book. Many of you may even read The Dark Thorn when it is published and will want the best font for your eyes anyway.

Looking forward to what you all have to say!


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Written by Shawn Speakman
I am the long-time friend and webmaster for Terry Brooks as well as the author of The Dark Thorn, an urban/epic fantasy hybrid novel Terry calls "a fine tale by a talented writer." Join me on Facebook and Twitter (@shawnspeakman)!