The Killing Moon vs. Blackbirds — 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 N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon and Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds. Here are the covers:



N.K. Jemisin’s The Killing Moon (information here) is epic. And so is its cover. This dreamy cover, created with an illustration by Marc Yankus and designed by Orbit Books’ creative director Lauren Panepinto, fits The Killing Moon perfectly. Making it through the first phase without any effort, only barely coming second to The Serpent Sea—which, coincidentally, is one of Jemisin’s favorite novels—but it almost didn’t make it through the second phase. In the last hours, however, this wonderful cover gathered the necessary votes, and here it is.

On the other hand, Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds (information here) didn’t have any problem gathering the necessary votes. It is safe to say that this cover, created by Joey Hi-Fi (a.k.a. D. Halvorsen) and published by Angry Robot Books, is a unique gem of awesomeness—just like the book that wears it. With the overwhelming amount of votes it received in previous battles, Blackbirds is definitely a favorite for the title of Best Cover of 2012.

So, which of these two covers is your favorite? The Killing Moon or Blackbirds? 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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