There are only two rules: I have to either own the book or have read the book in the past for it to qualify. The other is that I can only choose one book from one author.
Where some books have more than one cover, for different editions or formats, the cover I’ve chosen as the best is the one I’ve pictured on the post here.
Unfortunately some are on ebook so aren’t lighting up my bookshelf but I’ve been wowed by the covers nonetheless! Starting with number 10…
Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain
Artist: Amy Jeffs
Storyland by Amy Jeffs has some absolutely beautiful illustrations throughout and amazingly the author is also the illustrator and cover artist. I really like the cover because it works perfectly with the British myths contained within and just feels magical in its design.
Sistersong – Lucy Holland
Artist: Melissa Four
I love the blue and gold colours of the Sistersong cover, which give it a real richness. The striking profiles of the three sisters make it stand out and the general style captures that mysterious time of post Roman Britain.
Dragonslayer – Duncan M. Hamilton
Artist: Richard Anderson
Dragonslayer was one of the first books that caught my eye when I first started reviewing fantasy and it’s still one of my faves. I love the artwork of the dragon and the fiery glow of its eye. Anderson’s artwork for the trilogy features 2 further dragons that could have also made the list, but I find book one to be the standout.
Pawn’s Gambit – Rob J. Hayes
Artists: Felix Ortiz and Shawn King
Gorgeous artwork. I could have gone for Never Die, the first book in the Mortal Techniques series but I was marginally more impressed by Pawn’s Gambit. Just look at the skill, the detail of the characters and amazing backdrop. I had to share the full front and back cover for an even more stunning picture. Really striking and memorable.
The Children of Gods and Fighting Men – Shauna Lawless
Artist: Micaela Alcaino
Micaela Alcaino’s cover art for The Children of Gods and Fighting Men stands out so clearly. If this is amongst other books, it’s going to draw your eye immediately. As with Sistersong, blue and gold works brilliantly for that magical kind of vibe. I like that without really giving anything away, you get a feel for what this book is like without even reading the blurb.
Monstress – Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
Artist: Sana Takeda
Admittedly this is a graphic novel and the inside illustrations are from the same illustrator as the cover, but the graphics are just so stunningly amazing, with a cover that properly demonstrates the beauty of the design within the book. I’m in love with the art style and I had to include it.
Kings of the Wyld – Nicholas Eames
Artist: Richard Anderson
A second entry into the top ten for probably my favourite artist, Richard Anderson. His designs and distinctive style I could look at all day. That cover is so imposing. It makes you want to go on an adventure.
The Witch’s Heart – Genevieve Gornichec
Artist: Penguin Random House
Norse vibes aplenty here with Genevieve Gornichec’s debut The Witch’s Heart. The UK cover is nice but this US cover really blew me away, and I’m lucky enough to own a signed copy.
I like that story elements are interwoven into Angrboda’s hair, which itself feels very Norse.
The blue and gold is again a recipe for success, seeming to pair so well with books featuring magic and mythology.
Cage of Souls – Adrian Tchaikovsky
Artist: Leo Nickolls
Ever since first seeing this cover, I’ve been completely wowed by it. The green contrasted with the pink birds. The sense of depth and mystery. The details and the general art style. I love it. It has that premium, polished feel whilst really grabbing your attention and intrigue.
The Everspring – Joshua Gillingham
Artist: Helena Rosova
Helena Rosova’s artwork for this cover just captures everything about this book that it needs to, as does her work on book one, The Gatewatch. I feel The Everspring art to be even better, possibly because it really does look so magical.
The design feels like a throwback to Norse and early Scandinavian art styles while also looking modern too. The snow, the colours, the style. It’s perfect. It was hard to choose between many of the covers in this list and many could have changed position, but this always felt the most striking to me that I just can’t take my eyes away from.