Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Poison Throne’ vs. ‘The Crowded Shadows’ vs. ‘The Rebel Prince’

Grab your quill and ink, folks! It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are the contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us what you think of these bold covers.

Books shown here:

NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.

10 thoughts on “Book Cover Smackdown! ‘The Poison Throne’ vs. ‘The Crowded Shadows’ vs. ‘The Rebel Prince’”

  1. They thematically work together, and have a unified artistic point of view that works rather well. This is the sort of cover that gives fantasy book covers a *good* name.

  2. Absolutely gorgeous.  Those are the kinds of covers that grab your eye at the bookstore and then slap you around until you pick them up.

  3. I love these covers so hard.  If I had the shelf-space I would display them all face-out on my bookshelves.  I’m entranced by the layers of perspective – I feel like I could stick my arm into each one and it would go for miles.

  4. I have to say I love these covers.  Both the UK and US ones.  But I think I like the ‘story’ told in these covers more than the US ones.  And they seem to fit side by side perfectly!  That just is one thing I love about these ones. :)  And a wonderful trilogy too! Now I just have to get back to reading book three as it’s on my shelf waiting for me. :)

  5. These are lovely.  Fantastic artwork that lets the work of the artist stand on its own.  Reminds me of the work of artists like Charles Vess.  These covers alone would entice me to spend my money at the bookstore.

  6. Very nice!!! I love it when we get a beautiful concept executed brilliantly, I am not even going to look at the enlarged pictures because I want to see these for real. Just out of interest do they carry this theme onto the spines of the novels?

  7. I think they are the best covers out of all the ones for this series – especially considering how many allusions to the plot are in there. I also love the homage to historical book illustrations and the way the whole trilogy works as a tryptich. Brilliant!

  8. Andy, the theme carried on to the inside covers instead of the spine, but with black and white reversed. If you line up three ‘Crowded Shadows’ books in a row, every tiny eensy line of the trees on the edges connect together that way, too.

  9. I love the unity of the three covers, how they flow into each other and make a wholel. Gorgeous. I especially love the middle drawing but that’s probably because I have ordered it from my local independent seller and am waiting for it. ;-)

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