Cover Battle of 2012: Help Us Find the Year’s Best Cover!

This December, The Ranting Dragon is trying something new: an epic cover battle! We will pitch sixty of the best covers of the year against each other—half of these selected by our team, the other half submitted by you—and our readers get to decide which of them wins the ultimate title of best cover of 2012. Any book released in 2012 is eligible—all it needs is a gorgeous cover!

So how does it work?
During the next five days, we will open up a new round every day. Each of these rounds has twelve of the best covers of the year. By voting in the attached poll, you can pick which covers are your favorites. The four covers that get the most votes continue to the next phase. Twenty covers will survive phase one. These will again be pitched against each other in two rounds of ten covers each, after which a total of eight covers will be left. These will battle each other head-on, one-on-one, in a bracket-style tournament. At the end of the year, we will know which cover you love most!


So that means there will be a total of fourteen polls, over the course of a month, for you to vote in. We will need your help for that. Here is a list of polls, with their dates:


Here is the bracket of the finals:

The Finals!


And here are all the competing covers:

Thank you for all your votes!

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 29 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he’s busy being a total geek for fantasy. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing too. Most of all, though, Stephan is just a crazy Dutch guy who enjoys doing things that people don’t expect.

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  1. The first round is over. The Emperor’s Soul, Wide Open, The Scar, and Seven Wonders are the first four covers to continue to phase two!

  2. The second round has ended as well. The Serpent Sea, The Killing Moon, Range of Ghosts, and The Long Earth join yesterday’s four covers in the next phase.

  3. And the winners of the third round are in! Blackbirds, King of Thorns, Stormdancer, and The Assassin’s Curse make it to the next phase.

  4. The remaining covers in the next phase will be Discount Armageddon, The Black Mausoleum, The Indigo Pheasant, Cold Days, Osiris, The Blinding Knife, The Woodcutter, and Thieftaker.

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