The Emperor’s Soul vs. Wide Open — 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 Brandon Sanderson’s The Emperor’s Soul and Deborah Coates’ Wide Open. Here are the covers:



The Emperor’s Soul (more information here) is one of two novellas released by Brandon Sanderson this year. The novella was originally released by Tachyon Publications, with cover art by Alexander Nantichkov. For the Kindle edition, which was released by Sanderson’s own Dragonsteel Entertainment, Isaac Stewart—the guy who also did the gorgeous maps and inside art for Mistborn and The Way of Kings—redesigned the original illustration. The Kindle version is designed to look great as a thumbnail, but it also looks wonderful in higher definition. The amazing details, combined with the legions of Sanderson fans who have voted during the first two phases, bring this cover into the quarter finals. Facing The Emperor’s Soul is Wide Open (more information here).

Wide Open was Deborah Coates’ debut novel, published by Tor Books. Its amazing design by Tor’s Peter Ludjens does this urban fantasy novel great justice. The beautiful colors and dreamy quality of the cover have seen it through the first two phases. Today, it faces its toughest battle yet.

So, which of these two covers is your favorite? The Emperor’s Soul or Wide Open? You decide!


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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. Arrgh. The Emperor’s Soul cover is the e-book cover. Not as nice as the trade paperback cover it is based on. Lots of missing details, and a different layout. probably looks good as a thumbnail. Still gets my vote in this battle, but the original is better.

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