Cover Art Reviews

Cover Art Review – The Barrow

Welcome to a brand new cover art review! I have a ton of these I really want to do as there are so many great novels coming out this year. Words of Radiance, the next in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archives series, is going to be another one I cover over the next couple of weeks.

So, perhaps in contrast to the more classical art featured on the cover of Words of Radiance, today we’re looking at a cover that could just as easily be a movie poster. This is The Barrow by Mark Smylie. The novel takes place in the same world as Mr Smylie’s Artesia comics, which are themselves a military fantasy series with a female main protagonist.

The Barrow
Mark Smylie, (2014 Pyr)
Cover Artist: Gene MollicaThe Barrow

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5 Examples of Good Fantasy Cover Art

I wanted to put together something to show off some really good fantasy cover art and discuss what makes them so successful and easy on the eye. It’s not that I’m some sort of masochist when it comes to pointing out flaws in book covers, but I am passionate about books having good art (which leads to… anyone? Sales!)

The Remembered

1. The Unremembered

The Unremembered by Peter Orullian is a stunning example of great cover art in action. Setting aside that gorgeous artwork for a moment, the first thing we see is the author’s name all big and bold and crimson. It’s almost a brand, which is great for a new author.

The book’s title is relatively discreet here. It’s the author’s ‘brand’ that the publisher wants us to see first.

Finally, the stand-out aspect of this cover is the artwork itself. It’s all greens and browns and golden hues and it really is beautiful. There’s a certain elegance to the man in the artwork too, which suggests a rich story.

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Cover Art Review – Traitor’s Blade

Look! It’s the first proper post on Epically Written! Let’s all give ourselves a pat on the back for getting this far (nothing is guaranteed from here on out).

Before we get started, I’ll draw your attention to the Epic Mail sign-up to the right of this post. If you like what you see here, be sure to sign up and we’ll keep you updated with future content and blog news!

To kick off proceedings, I wanted to give you guys a nice meaty post to show you the sort of content you can come to expect from Epically Written. Cover reviews are a special kind of review focusing on one thing, and one thing only… cover art! I figured that there are so many beautiful book covers out there (and some downright ugly ones) and, more often than not, they simply get sidelined in a book review.

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