Discount Armageddon vs. Wide Open — Cover Battle Semifinals!

Two phases and a total of seven rounds have reduced the competition in this Cover Battle of 2012 from sixty to eight covers. These eight cover met head-on in four quarter finals. Now, only four covers are left: Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells, Wide Open by Deborah Coates, and Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig. That means it’s time for the semifinals. Over the course of two one on one battles, it is up to you to decide which covers will make it to the grand finale!

If you want to know more about the Cover Battle, want to see the bracket, or take a look at all sixty covers, check out the big introduction post here.

This semifinal is between the covers of Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon and Deborah Coates’ Wide Open. Here are the covers:



In the left corner of this semifinal stands Discount Armageddon (information here), a clear favorite for the title of Cover of 2012. Whether it is because of the sexy girl, the hordes of fans of Seanan McGuire, or the fact that it is a darn fine example of a good urban fantasy cover, this cover made it through all its battles with plenty of votes, much to the chagrin of some of its competitors’ authors. It was probably a combination of all three, though. Discount Armageddon‘s wonderful cover art was created by Alistair (Aly) Fell, and the book was published by DAW Books.

In the right corner, opposing Discount Armageddon, stands Wide Open (information here). Wide Open is Deborah Coates’ debut novel, published by Tor Books. Its amazing design by Tor’s Peter Ludjens does this urban fantasy novel great justice. The beautiful colors and dreamy quality of the cover have seen it through the first two phases. After that, it faced Brandon Sanderson’s The Emperor’s Soul, a favorite up to then, and beat it convincingly. Today, it faces another extremely tough opponent. Can Wide Open surprise twice in a row?

So, which of these two covers is your favorite? Discount Armageddon or Wide Open? You decide!


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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. Why? Why is Discount Armageddon still here?

  2. Seanan’s cover is here because it’s a damn fine cover, period. Not because of some male gaze nonsense. I look forward to seeing it go up against the Blackbirds cover!

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