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I think I have read Beyonders: A World Without Heroes a couple of times, at a high level of details, but I have troubles figuring out who is depicted in the front cover of this book:

enter image description here

Couldn't be The Blind King because... he is blind (and the depicted person is clearly not).

Couldn't be Maldor because he is much older according to book.

Then who?

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    I'm pretty sure it's Doctor Doom.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 20:54
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    tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CoversAlwaysLie
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 21:02
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    "The building housed a great hall. Birds roosted in the rafters, and white streaks of droppings marked the floor and trestle tables. At the far end of the room, upon a moldering dais, a shabby man sat upon a battered throne. A dingy rag bound his eyes, a tarnished crown rested upon his gray hair, and a grimy green robe edged in dirty white fur enshrouded his body. He looked like some old homeless guy playing the part of a wise man in a soup-kitchen Christmas pageant." - The Blind King
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 21:24
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    The bronze doors swung outward. A long blue carpet edged in silver led across the polished stone floor toward the dais, where the regent sat upon a great ivory chair. Crowds of elegantly arrayed courtiers clustered in groups off to either side. A portly old fellow with plump, healthy features, the regent looked much more like a real king than Galloran. A bejeweled circlet rested on his head. Rings glittered on his fingers. His fine raiment was a rich purple trimmed in gold. - Dolan seems a better fit for the description
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 23, 2023 at 21:28
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    @trejder - Those aren't an answer. They're speculation and I don't do that in the answer box.
    – Valorum
    Commented Jun 24, 2023 at 16:31

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The artist of that cover is Antonio Caparo. In a Blogspot post from 2011 he mentions the work he did on the cover.

Image from Blogspot february 2011

Apparently, the image was supposed to depict "the evil king", so that would be Maldor. And why he looks so youthful can be attributed to artistic license.

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