The Assassin’s Curse vs. Discount Armageddon — Cover Battle Quarter Finals!

There have been two phases and a total of seven rounds in which your vote has reduced the competition in this Cover Battle of 2012 from sixty to eight covers. These eight covers have now reached the point where it’s all or nothing: the quarter finals! Over the course of four one on one battles, it is up to you to decide which covers will make it to the semi finals.

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 quarter final is between the covers of Cassandra Rose Clarke’s The Assassin’s Curse and Seanan McGuire’s Discount Armageddon. Here are the covers:



This year wasn’t just a year with lots of gorgeous covers. It was also the year that Strange Chemistry, Angry Robot’s young adult imprint, was born. And Strange Chemistry gave us… well, lots of gorgeous covers! One of these covers is The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke (information here). It wears amazing art created by cover by Sarah Jane Coleman. You can recognize her work by all the swirls and the graceful fonts. They have certainly seen The Assassin’s Curse through the first two phases.

Facing The Assassin’s Curse is perhaps the biggest surprise of this cover battle. 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, Discount Armageddon (information here) made it through the first phases with plenty of votes and, against all expectations, came out as a favorite. The  cover art was created by Alistair (Ally) Fell, and the book was published by DAW Books.

So, which of these two covers is your favorite? The Assassin’s Curse or Discount Armageddon? You decide!


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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. WHY IS DISCOUNT ARMAGEDDON WINNING? D: When did we start liking slutty girls in miniskirts holding guns and swords, Dragonites? WHEN?

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