The Cover Battle of 2012: Phase 2, Round 1

The second phase in the Cover Battle of 2012 is here! From a total of sixty covers, only twenty are left. These twenty are divided over two rounds of ten covers each. The four covers with the most votes in each round make it to the next phase: the quarter finals. Again, your vote makes the difference. It is up to our readers to decide which book wears the most gorgeous cover of 2012!

Want to know more or look at all sixty covers? Check out the big introduction post here.

Here are the covers for this round:

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Click the cover images above to zoom; click the titles below to view a book on Amazon.

  1. Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, cover by oil painter Donato Giancola, published by Tor.
  2. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke, cover by Sarah Jane Coleman, published by Strange Chemistry.
  3. The Scar by Sergey and Marina Dyachenko, cover by Richard Anderson, published by Tor.
  4. The Long Earth by Stephen Baxter and Terry Pratchett, cover design by Richard Shailer, Senior Designer at Transworld Publishers.
  5. Cold Days by Jim Butcher, cover by Chris McGrath, published by Roc Books.
  6. The Indigo Pheasant by Daniel A. Rabuzzi, carved by Deborah A. Mills, photographed by Shira Weinberger, art by Erik Mohr, published by ChiZine Publications.
  7. The Black Mausoleum by Stephen Deas, cover art by Stephen Youll, published by Gollancz.
  8. The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson, kindle cover design by Isaac Stewart, illustration by Alexander Nantichkov.
  9. The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells, cover art by Steve Argyle, design by Rebecca Silvers, published by Night Shade Books.
  10. Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig, cover by Joey Hi-Fi (a.k.a. D.Halvorsen), published by Angry Robot Books.


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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. The more I look at the cover created by Deborah A. Mills, the more I want to look within the covers. It is exquisitely conceived and is a tribute to the author.

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