Because Inge over at The Belgian Reviewer suggested it, I’ve been thinking about book covers and their impact. And more specifically, the one’s that I, personally, love. Certainly, there have been many over the years but, for this Top 5 post, I’m sticking to covers from the last few years rather than the last few decades.
#1. THE CITY OF BRASS by S. A. Chakraborty
#2. DESCENDANT OF THE CRANE by Joan He as illustrated by Feifei Ruan
#3. THE COLOUR OF MAGIC by Terry Pratchett as illustrated by Josh Kirby
#4. EARTHSEA by Ursula La Guin as illustrated by Charles Vess
#5. The FLAVIA DE LUCE series by Alan Bradley as illustrated by Joe Montgogomery — And yes, I’m nominating the entire 10-book series for their bright colours, fun depictions, and consistent continuity of dark humour.
What’s important to note about all these covers—bar the Flavia de Luce series—is they are all fantasy titles. Which begs the question, what’s wrong with all the other genres that they don’t put the same kind of effort into the covers, as fantasy and science fiction do?
And you, dear reader, what are your favourite book covers?