{Top 5} SFF Cover Art!

Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is going to be a tough one for me. Choosing my favorite cover art is nigh on impossible for me! One of my favorite things about books is browsing gorgeous covers and just drooling over how nice they all look. It’s one of my main motivators for collecting physical copies of books too. There are so many covers I love, so it’ll be difficult to choose just 5.

Fair warning, I chose to stick mostly with adult fantasy novel covers for this topic. Save the first anyway, as I’m just so into this book right now!

{Top 5} SFF Cover Art

{Hunted by Megan Spooner}

I have to start with the book I’m currently reading. I am so in love with this cover. First  of all, I feel like green is a sorely under-utilized color on cover art. Secondly, I love the way it plays off of the spectrum of yellow hues to the right. The golden light, the white snow, the red hair. There’s zero underutilized space. Plus, this just perfectly sets the tone for the adventure and fairytale feeling of the story.

{The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson}
The traitor baru.jpg

This cover is just so eye catching! I’ve not read this book yet, but from the synopsis it also seems to fit the story, of a woman masquerading as someone she’s not to tear down an empire from the inside. I love the idea put into practice here. That image of a perfect mask, lying shattered and forgotten is so striking. Plus, the artwork is just really well done.

{Dancer’s Lament by Ian C. Esslemont}
Dancer's Lament.jpg

This is the cover that got me hooked on the idea of jumping into the Malazan books, though I’ve yet to start that either. I’m a huge fantasy nerd, and this cover just reminds me of countless hours spent in my teenage years playing Skyrim or other fantasy games. I love the darkness of it, with the shadowed male figure standing in front of some sort of alter. It’s just really cool looking, and the fact that seeing it on the shelf in a bookstore made me go and do some research on my own and decide to start this series soon is enough for me to let it join this list.

{The Providence of Fire by Brian Staveley}
The Providence of Fire.jpg

Another epic fantasy cover! This one is just too cool. I love the color scheme of it – more greens! And clearly, something epic is going down. I also really love the font used here. Kind of reminds me a little bit of the one I chose for my blog.

{The Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan}
The Promise of Blood

I love this one because it’s so meticulously planned. I love the way that typical fantasy tropes are twisted here. You’ve got the rugged character sitting on the throne in the background, ala Game of Thrones, but from his outfit and the fact that he’s carrying a musket rather than a sword, it’s clear that the story is anything but a typical fantasy. Plus, the lighting and color choices are just so on point here.

What do you think about my choices? Are you a fan of the old-school epic fantasy art, or do you appreciate the newer designs more?

Thanks for reading!



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  1. I agree about The Traitor Baru Cormorant. Def eye-catching. The cover made me think it was sci-fi though, but from what I’ve heard, which isn’t much, it seems to be straight fantasy.

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