Ranting Dragon’s Favorite… Book Cover!

They say not to judge a book by its cover. But really, covers can make us pick up a book we wouldn’t have given a chance otherwise. Some covers, though, just blow our minds. Many of us have favorite covers, or sometimes even favorite cover artists. It comes as no surprise that the staff of The Ranting Dragon has favorites as well.

Here, in no particular order, are our favorite book covers:


The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
By Julia
The first time I saw Michael Whelan’s illustration for the cover of The Way of Kings, I was absolutely blown away. The vivid colors and sheer scale of the depicted scene perfectly reflect the hostile, arid world that Sanderson created for this novel. I definitely had the cover as my desktop background for a few months! Check out the full version of this cover here.
Pilgrim by Sara Douglass
By Michelle
I just love the way the light falls through the canopy and how small the figure seems in contrast to the forest. The colors are beautiful and it’s just a lovely picture, very atmospheric and not too busy. (I hate the covers that seem to be trying to shove as many fantasy tropes as possible into a single picture.) The lizard creature in the foreground is also gorgeous and very lifelike. I have a soft spot for strange reptiles.Check out the full version of this cover here.
Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson
By Ashik
The e-book cover of The Towers of Midnight by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson. I mean, really. The mood, the flames, the symbolism of the burning wolf. As well as the simple change from the old art. There’s something primal, almost Genghis Khan-esque about it. It also happens to be one of the biggest turning points in the novel and was written stunningly. Check out the full version of this cover here.
Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
By Caitrin
As soon as I saw the cover I knew I had to have this book regardless of the story inside. The black background really makes the colors pop and I’m definitely a colors kind of gal. It is also the first cover that made me want to make the dress the character is wearing to cosplay at a convention. I wonder how many people would recognize it. The art is so good I want a huge print of it on my wall! I’m a huge fan of Dan Dos Santos; he’s my favorite cover artist out there. Another favorite? Green by Jay Lake. Check out the full version of this cover here.
God’s War by Kameron Hurley
By Stephan
When Hurley signed her two-book deal with Night Shade Books, one of her first comments was: “The best part being, of course: THE COVER WILL NOT SUCK”. And boy, was she right. The cover of God’s War has everything a cover needs: great colors, intriguing characters, guns and swords, and bugs. No wonder David Palumbo’s painting won the 2011 Spectrum 18 award for best book cover. Check out the full version of this cover here.


Brandon Sanderson covers seem to be quite popular here. What’s your favorite cover, though? Let us know in the comments below, or on the forums!

About Stephan van Velzen

Stephan van Velzen
A 31 year-old Communications student, Stephan loves publicity and design, particularly web design. When he’s not designing websites, he can be found in a comfy chair reading a fantasy book. In The Ranting Dragon, he has found a way to combine these passions and discover a new love for writing to boot. Stephan lives in a small town in The Netherlands with his wife Rebecca, an editor for The Ranting Dragon, and their two cats.

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  1. Stephan van Velzen

    While God’s War is my absolute favorite, other favorites include The Windup Girl and the eBook cover of Robert Jordan’s Lord of Chaos.

  2. Oooh. Good topic (we’re totally stealing that…). Mine is The King in Yellow (any version, really, but I love the one that Chambers drew himself & the Jack Gaughan homage!)

  3. Mine has to be the paperback cover for Christopher Fowler’s Spanky. Considering I first checked this out of a public library aged maybe thirteen, I LOVED the librarian’s facial expression.

  4. That e-book ToM was pretty damned awesome.  It’s shocking for me to ever see a great WoT cover, since that Sweet guy has basically destroyed all the US print book covers from the very start until now.  He’s so bad.  🙂

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