The Cover Battle of 2012: Phase 1, Round 4

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 fourth group:

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

Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire, The Black Mausoleum by Stephen Deas, Year Zero by Rob Reid, Cold Days by Jim Butcher.

Count to a Trillion by John C. Wright, Harmony by Keith Brooke, Only Superhuman by Christopher L. Bennett, The Indigo Pheasant by Daniel A. Rabuzzi.

Know No Fear by Dan Abnett, The Kingdoms of Dust by Amanda Downum, Carpathia by Matt Forbeck, And Blue Skies From Pain by Stina Leicht.


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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. I can definitely see Harmony making it far in the battle. It’s perfect.

  2. Glad to see The Indigo Pheasant here — ChiZine Publications has the most unusual, gorgeous covers (designed by Eric Mohr) out there. Nothing generic about them, ever.

  3. The Indigo Pheasant’s cover is definitely the classiest!

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