The Cover Battle of 2012: Phase 1, Round 1

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!

Want to know more or look at other rounds? Check out the big introduction post here.

Here are the covers in the first group:

Click the cover images above to zoom; click the links below to view on Amazon.

Black Bottle by Anthony Huso, Enormity by W.G. Marshall, Other Worlds Than These ed. by John Joseph Adams, Railsea by China Miéville.

Seven Wonders by Adam Christopher, Silhouette by Dave Swavely, Alexander Outland: Space Pirate by G.J. Koch, The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson.

The Folly of the World by Jesse Bullington, The Scar by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko, The Thousand Emperors by Gary Gibson, Wide Open by Deborah Coates.


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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. That was a really difficult decision!! Most of the covers above are way too good to be left out but one can only vote four!! I’m eagerly awaiting for the next set to see if they can match the ones above!!

    • I know! So many good covers. We chose the first thirty covers (and thirty back up covers, in case we don’t get enough write-ins), and while all of them are amazing, I do think these first twelve are the best set. They were sorted randomly, though.

  2. Honestly? I don’t like any of them. They’re all edgy. I would pick silhouette if I had to pick one. I’ll go see if I can find some good covers. I have a huge list of books I loved this year so I’m sure some of them have great covers!

  3. Harder than I thought it would be. I’m still on the Fence on the Cold Days by Dresden. It is one of the better ones for this year. I submitted a couple of my favorites. I’ll do some more looking on my shelf. I can’t remember when the Del Marco was published. Shoot, I can’t even remember whether it was the first or second in the series that I liked for the cover!

  4. yeah kinda of a bookstore thing with only Amazon books, a little over the whole B&N – Amazon hype that all good books are only in these two bookstores, and they’re Maccas books stores at that

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