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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Bringer of Light’ vs. ‘Final Days’ vs. ‘Steelhands’

Greetings, armchair art critics! It’s time once again for another Book Cover Smackdown!

Here are today’s contenders…

Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best and why.

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9 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Bringer of Light’ vs. ‘Final Days’ vs. ‘Steelhands’

  1. Bringer of Light, I think, looks a little more dramatic than the other two…

  2. John Ludlow // August 2, 2011 at 4:50 am //

    Agreed, Bringer Of Light’s cover does seem more dramatic, and it has the space opera feel that I always go for, but I think in this case Final Days’ cover just seems a little more interesting. The Apollo-style lander with a city in the background that is clearly in a different league in terms of technology just seems to make we wonder what’s going on there.

    The cover for Steel Hands looks like it might be interesting, but I just can’t tell what that thing on the cover is supposed to be – some sort of robot dragon?

  3. Wow, these are ALL great covers.  I think I’d have to put my vote with BRINGER OF LIGHT.

  4. Final Days. Like the scene mostly. Neither of the others make me feel any interest toward the books, although as artwork they are fine.



  5. BRINGER OF LIGHT looks closer to my normal preference of space opera, but FINAL DAYS intrigues me with the Apollo lunar module in the foreground.  I’d probably pick that up just to see what’s going on there.  


    So FINAL DAYS wins for me.

  6. Bringer of Light – something about the red catches my eye more than the others and perks my interest

  7. Final Days.  Great cover that makes me want to dig in more.

  8. If I walked into the book store and these three were on the rack before me,I’d pick up Final Days.

  9. Final Days.


    I want to know more about that scene and what is going on.

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