(Edit: I've moved this post into this thread from 'The Warlock' thread, it's not a double post. )
So, I saw the red-blotted version of the Warlock cover first and I thought immediately: "Gosh, that looks terrible!". Then I saw the real cover and thought it looked slightly better.
What I find the most odd is that this is the first book where the color of the title will not match the frame/binding color of the book. "The Warlock" is in bright blue, whereas the binding will be gold. (Yes, I know this screams "Josh": blue eyes and gold aura.)
I've done my own internet searching for some of the things on the cover, and have read the previous posts to avoid duplicating (much) information:
Helmet: I agree with Thalion that this particular helmet design is not Roman, but Spartan. The elongated nose covering and heavier facial protection is fairly noticeable. Sparta (as many might know) was part of Greece, so calling the helmet Grecian would be more appropriate in this case. I've linked images that support my theory:
Roman Helmet: http://mayhemgifts.com/images/roman-centurian-helmet.jpg
Spartan Helmet: http://www.thecastlecourt.com/files/168984...an%20helmet.jpg
Sparta is most known for the Battle of Thermopylae, where Spartan soldiers who held out and defeated an army whose troops outnumbered their own by a great amount. This battle is used as a teaching tool in the military in order to educate soldiers that a small, well-trained and organized group can be more effective than massive numbers. The Spartan helmet could represent the twins' and the Flamels' struggle against the Dark Elders: their small, effective force against sheer and powerful numbers.
Or, everyone else could be right and it might just "represent Mars".
Ancient Text Document: I do agree with the thought that these are the pages of the Codex.
Hook: At first I thought it was a sickle, then on closer inspection (which involved leaning very close to my monitor) I thought it looked more like a pirate's hook, or "Marethyu's hook".
Egyptian Pharaoh: This is not Tutankhamun. That specific headdress was worn by many pharaohs, it is called the nemes headdress, and does not single out Tutankamun as the sole wearer. The sharper contours of the face and the angled jawline suggest more the images of Tutankhamun's father, Akhenaten (in this series: "Aten", the Elder). Tutankamun's face never reached that age of maturity, as he died at a very young age. Statues and paintings depict Tutankamun's face as rounder, more boyish.
Regarding the labyrinth: I know this is really terrible to even reference more fiction for fiction's sake, but I play Dungeons & Dragons and this excerpt from the third Player's Handbook (4th Edition) I have always found interesting:
This spurred me into thinking 'outside the forum box' for different interpretations of a maze or a labyrinth. In my Googling, I found out an interesting tidbit that the labyrinth on the cover (twice) is actually a medieval labyrinth, the Minoan version being more simple and more rounded, less angular.
In Grecian mythology, Theseus had to escape the labyrinth and the Minotaur (lest he be eaten as a sacrifice). Using magical string as the proverbial breadcrumbs, he escaped. This way, I see the labyrinth being a symbol for overcoming a great and treacherous obstacle to triumph at the other side. This could represent Josh's journey (or that of another character).
Or everyone else could be right again and we could be meeting King Minos, Daedalus, Theseus, the Minotaur, or anyone else associated with the Greek labyrinth myth.Other:
I agree that the design in the central image is Anasazi, and that the jade Scarab is most likely the pendant that Scatty gave to Tutankhamun. I also find the number of hexagons in this cover interesting. Six (referring to the number of sides) in numerology can mean many things: Communication, Interfacing, Balance, Union, etcetera. I leave that to the very able minds to interpret and theorize off of.
Lightning can represent air, since air is transparent and sometimes hard to draw (see what I did there?
). I do find it odd that the lightning goes under one border and over another, though. It looks strange and feels foreign to the eye; it doesn't flow well.