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Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Family Portrait’ vs. ‘Blood and Feathers’ vs. ‘Drink for the Thirst to Come’

Calling all 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.

Books shown here:

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

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4 Comments on Book Cover Smackdown! ‘Family Portrait’ vs. ‘Blood and Feathers’ vs. ‘Drink for the Thirst to Come’

  1. Family Portrait is the weakest cover of this smackdown. Uninteresting illustration, boring composition.

    Blood and Feathers, on the contrary, has a simple yet appealing cover. The red spot on the center just calls for your attention.

    Drink for the Thirst to Come is for me the best cover. Even if it’s almost on grey scale it has a very attractive illustration that stands out.

  2. Drink For The Thirst To Come for the win. It’s down right scary to look at. Blood and Feathers is interesting though,and I may just have to pick it up.

  3. Hmmm.  I’m not really fond of any of them.  But Blood and Feathers I dislike the least, so it wins for me.  I hate big faces staring at me on book covers, and there’s a weird triangle of negative space right above the title of Drink for the Thirst to Come.  The illustration is cool, but I don’t like how it’s being used with the text.

  4. Alessa Dark // December 21, 2011 at 3:56 pm //

    Blood and Feathers has the most eye catching cover of these three. Family Portrait, however is a reissue. The original had one of those classic double covers with a shock scene, like most Mastertons. Great book. 

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