I have yet to read this (it's on my TBR) but my first thought was, "Ooo, that's a good cover--I think I might prefer it to the original." And then you said, "It seems to be aiming at an older audience..." to which I sighed and started counting my grey hairs. :) No offense taken--you're probably right. After all, they released "adult-friendly" versions of all the Potter books in the UK. On the one hand I want to say it's a shame people over 35 feel uncomfortable buy books with covers aimed at "young people"--but I've got to admit there's truth to it. Whether it's social conditioning or what, I don't know, but like it or not, it's a reality. *sigh*. Thanks for sharing the cover, Emma! :)
The book itself is wonderful, and you can find my review and the hard back cover over here. I have a bias towards the original cover, because it's the cover I own and love -- and I adore designs that use feathers. but there's plenty of interesting aspects in this new cover. It seems to be aiming at an older audience (crossover?), reminding me a lot of some women's fiction covers while still keeping the story elements obvious, and I like that the font is almost identical to the original.