Friday Favourites: Fantasy Book Covers

By Hodderscape Team

Posted on August 7, 2015 in Books with tags Book Covers

This month we’re publishing Tad Williams‘ classic fantasy novels with brand spanking new covers. So we’re taking this opportunity to use Friday Favourites as a vehicle for some book cover porn. You’re welcome.

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The Dragonsong and Dragonsinger covers by Elizabeth Malczynski Littman

Dragonsong and Dragonsinger were the first two Anne McCaffrey novels I read, and though Elizabeth Malczynski Littman’s famous covers didn’t grace my editions, they’re among the first I made a point of buying for the cover alone, even though I already owned copies of the books. I love the graceful, sinuous curves of Littman’s art, and the way she invokes both the sensualism of Art Noveau (particularly Klimt) with the naturalism of the 70s to create truly striking fantasy art.


The Temeraire series covers by Andrew Davidson

These covers by Andrew Davidson are terrible. There are 8 books in this series (and counting) and I need each and every one one of them. I love illustrated covers, and the engraving style that Davidson uses on these (plus that, well, it’s dragons and dragons are awesome) make these a complete home run for me.


The Discworld series covers by Paul Kidby


For me Paul Kidby’s covers perfectly depict Terry Pratchett’s elaborate plot lines of the stories and the wonderfully crafted personalities of the many many characters. And there are like…*quick Google search*… more than 40 of them!

The Old Kingdom series covers by if you know who designed these please tell us in the comments!

The Old Kingdom series has it all. Runes that sparkle in the light, dramatic colours, flowing font and an iconic square containing the author’s name. Each part of the design comes together to perfectly illustrate the content of the book, and convey its majesty and beautiful story.


One comment on “Friday Favourites: Fantasy Book Covers”

  • Faolin says:

    My copy of Garth Nix’s Abhorsen (which you have shown here) says “background illustration by Larry Rostant”. I don’t know if he did they others, I’ve got different editions for them…

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