Welcome back Vagabonds!
You guys are in for a treat this week. I have put together some of the sexiest, eye grabbing and legendary covers I have seen over the last few days. These covers are just begging to be placed on every bookshelf in the land.
A little FYI for those new to ‘Book Cover Wednesday’
First of all, thank you for finding your way to my blog and this post. I hope you like what i have to share with you.
I know people say ‘don’t judge a book by it’s cover’ and we all know that holds true quite often. However, I have picked up books in the past after the cover has caught my eye and they have turned out to be fantastic reads.
There are no requirements that need to be filled and I will not be putting the covers in order of awesomeness. This is just a nice simple post aimed at raising awareness of some books and their covers. I have not necessarily read the books in the post but they will most likely end up on my TBR if I haven’t.
Okay now that’s said let’s get into it…
Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
I’m just going to let you enjoy this one for a while…
Okay, now that you have finished staring into the depths of awesomeness let’s talk about this cover and the story within.
First of all this cover has to be one of the best I have seen this year. I can’t help but stare into the eyes. They just draw me in and this is all down to the talent that is Hillary D. Wilson (you can find more of her beautiful work here).
Not only is the cover fantastic but check out this synopsis…
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
A flying demon feeding on human energies.
A secret society of so called “Legendborn” students that hunt the creatures down.
And a mysterious teenage mage who calls himself a “Merlin” and who attempts—and fails—to wipe Bree’s memory of everything she saw.
The mage’s failure unlocks Bree’s own unique magic and a buried memory with a hidden connection: the night her mother died, another Merlin was at the hospital. Now that Bree knows there’s more to her mother’s death than what’s on the police report, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if that means infiltrating the Legendborn as one of their initiates.
She recruits Nick, a self-exiled Legendborn with his own grudge against the group, and their reluctant partnership pulls them deeper into the society’s secrets—and closer to each other. But when the Legendborn reveal themselves as the descendants of King Arthur’s knights and explain that a magical war is coming, Bree has to decide how far she’ll go for the truth and whether she should use her magic to take the society down—or join the fight.
Now who doesn’t enjoy a new twist to Arthurian legend??
The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston
The cover of The Second Bell by Gabriela Houston stands out nicely due to its big bold colours and that over sized wolf sitting front and center. It is undeniably an eye catcher and is one that I am keeping an eye out for.
The Second Bell is not due to release till March next year so I’m sorry that I have brought it to you and you have to wait that long. I’m really hoping to keep up my Angry Robots reviewing streak and be able to get the opportunity to review a copy of this book but unfortunately the gods deem that out of my control. If AR so happen to be reading this… PRETTY PLEASE 😃
Anyway, if you guys are as taken by the cover as I am then here is the synopsis for you to peruse…
In a world which believes her to be a monster, a young striga fights to harness the power of her second heart, while her mother sacrifices everything to stop her…
In an isolated mountain community, sometimes a child is born with two hearts. This child is called a striga and is considered a demon who must be abandoned on the edge of the forest. The child’s mother must then decide to leave with her infant, or stay and try to forget.
Nineteen year-old striga, Salka, and her mother, Miriat, made the choice to leave and live a life of deprivation and squalor in an isolated village. The striga tribe share the human belief that to follow the impulses of their other hearts is dangerous, inviting unspoken horrors and bringing ruin onto them all.
Salka, a headstrong and independent young woman, finds herself in a life threatening situation that forces her to explore the depths of her true nature and test the bonds between mother and child…
The Last Ritual by S.A. Sidor
If you have followed the blog or kept an eye on my Twitter or IG feeds then you will already know that I really enjoy S.A. Sidor’s work. If you haven’t yet checked out The Institute for Singular Antiquities series then you really must and I would like to point out that the physical paperbacks come in that old ‘pulp fiction’ style format. That is to say they are smaller and more pocket like than other paperbacks. Here are links to the two books currently available…
Fury from the Tomb Book 1
The Beast of Nightfall Lodge Book 2
This series really is a must read for pulp adventure fans.
Anyway, the thing I should be talking about is the cover of S.A. Sidor’s latest work, The Last Ritual. Does anyone else get a steampunk noir kinda vibe from this or are my eyes slightly off? It screams dark, it scream mystery and it certainly screams READ ME! And that is just what I intend to do. I have stumbled upon the great fortune of being able to review a copy pre-release so keep an eye out for my review.
A mad surrealist’s art threatens to rip open the fabric of reality, in this twisted tale of eldritch horror and conspiracy, from the wildy popular world of Arkham Horror.
Aspiring painter Alden Oakes is invited to join a mysterious art commune in Arkham: the New Colony. When celebrated Spanish surrealist Juan Hugo Balthazarr visits the colony, Alden and the other artists quickly fall under his charismatic spell. Balthazarr throws a string of decadent parties for Arkham’s social elite, conjuring arcane illusions which blur the boundaries between nightmare and reality. Only slowly does Alden come to suspect that Balthazarr’s mock rituals are intended to break through those walls and free what lies beyond. Alden must act, but it might already be too late to save himself, let alone Arkham.
Over The Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker
Last but not least is Over The Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker. Yes that is a Pseudonym for the one and only Seanan McGuire and this is the latest work. I will addmit that i have yet to read any of McGuire’s work but I have only ever heard good things some i am looking forward to sinking my teeth into this YA Fantasy.
Can we just take a minute to bask in the beautiful glow of the warm colours on offer here.
I am a huge fan of exploration and this cover says that and more is in store for any adventurer daring enough to climb over the Woodward Wall and tag along for the ride.
Avery is an exceptional child. Everything he does is precise, from the way he washes his face in the morning, to the way he completes his homework – without complaint, without fuss, without prompt.
Zib is also an exceptional child, because all children are, in their own way. But where everything Avery does and is can be measured, nothing Zib does can possibly be predicted, except for the fact that she can always be relied upon to be unpredictable.
They live on the same street.
They live in different worlds.
On an unplanned detour from home to school one morning, Avery and Zib find themselves climbing over a stone wall into the Up and Under – an impossible land filled with mystery, adventure and the strangest creatures.
And they must find themselves and each other if they are to also find their way out and back to their own lives.”
That’s all for this week.
I hope you enjoyed this instalment of Book Cover Wednesday. Keep an eye out for next weeks.
If you want to share with me some of the great book covers you have found along your travels then drop a comment below and I will try and fit them in on next weeks Book Cover Wednesday