Today I held in my trembling hands an ARC of COK. I am not able to read it right now (alright, I read some of it. Only a few pages...)
But I did scan the cover and zoom in on the area in question. I think it's just the dark shadow cast by Sophos' still boyishly rounded but becoming more manly by the day cheeks.
Two randomly grabbed co-workers agree it's a shadow. But it's hard to be sure...anyone know the artist?