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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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!
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