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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite SFF Cover Art

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Today I share with you some of my favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy book covers. I rarely ever buy books based solely on the cover but these once I absolutely adore.

A Natural History of Dragons ( a memoir by Lady Trent) – Marie Brennan

a natural history of dragons lady trent marie brennan

“You, dear reader, continue at your own risk. It is not for the faint of heart—no more so than the study of dragons itself. But such study offers rewards beyond compare: to stand in a dragon’s presence, even for the briefest of moments—even at the risk of one’s life—is a delight that, once experienced, can never be forgotten. . . .

All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. But before she became the illustrious figure we know today, there was a bookish young woman whose passion for learning, natural history, and, yes, dragons defied the stifling conventions of her day.

Here at last, in her own words, is the true story of a pioneering spirit who risked her reputation, her prospects, and her fragile flesh and bone to satisfy her scientific curiosity; of how she sought true love and happiness despite her lamentable eccentricities; and of her thrilling expedition to the perilous mountains of Vystrana, where she made the first of many historic discoveries that would change the world forever.

I haven’t read these books yet but the moment I saw them online, I knew that I had to have them. The story also really appeals to me.

The Melancholy of Mechagirl – Catherynne M. Valente

melancholy of mechagirl catherynne M valente

Science fiction and fantasy stories about Japan by the multiple-award winning author and New York Times best seller Catherynne M. Valente. A collection of some of Catherynne Valente’s most admired stories, including the Hugo Award-nominated novella “Silently and Very Fast” and the Locus Award finalist “13 Ways of Looking at Space/Time,” with a brand-new long story to anchor the collection.

I’m not sure if this is a book I actually want to read. I’m not very good at story collections. But this cover is absolutely stunning!!

Six of Crows/Crooked Kingdom – Leigh Bardugo


Criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker has been offered wealth beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he’ll have to pull off a seemingly impossible heist:

Break into the notorious Ice Court
(a military stronghold that has never been breached)

Retrieve a hostage
(who could unleash magical havoc on the world)

Survive long enough to collect his reward
(and spend it)

Kaz needs a crew desperate enough to take on this suicide mission and dangerous enough to get the job done – and he knows exactly who: six of the deadliest outcasts the city has to offer. Together, they just might be unstoppable – if they don’t kill each other first.

I love the covers of these two books (I liked the content too by the way). I love how the feathers shape the towers and the blood on Crooked Kingdom’s cover. It’s all in the details. The maps inside are also pretty great. The hardcover’s even have colored pages. Unfortunately, I don’t own those. *sad face*

The Gracekeepers – Kirsty Logan

the gracekeepers kirsty logan

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age.

Words cannot describe how much I love this cover. It’s so whimsical. This is another one of those books I’m forever hesitating to buy. I’m not even sure why… The story sounds fascinating. If only I could buy ALL the books…

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

het nachtcircus dutch cover erin morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.

Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.

This is the Dutch cover of The Night Circus. I got a copy like this for my birthday when I was still working at the bookstore. I had been obsessing over it ever since we had received the promotional information. Needless to say, I loved it although I do think I would have loved it more if I read it in English. I found spelling errors and because it was translated into Dutch-Dutch and not Flemish-Dutch (there’s a difference but I’ll explain some other time) I remember getting annoyed with the words they chose.
Anywayssss… All that has nothing to do with the cover of course… I’m still in love with it :).


6 thoughts on “Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite SFF Cover Art”

  1. I love the covers for the Six of Crows duology, they are such beautiful books! The hardcovers with the coloured pages are especially beautiful. 😀 The Dutch cover for The Night Circus is really different, but I like it a lot! I think you would have enjoyed it more if you read it in English, as the writing style of Erin Morgenstern is simply gorgeous.

  2. I was starting to hyperventilate when I saw that cover of The Night Circus. “How come I haven’t seen it anywhere? I would have bought it if I had”… And then I read the text. Are you Dutch? If so, you Dutch people are so lucky! 🙂 I loved all the other covers you listed. I’m actually reading A Natural History of Dragons at the moment and so far I’m enjoying it a lot, so I can tentatively recommend it (not just because of the cover ^^). This was the first time I heard anyone mention The Grace Keepers. The premise is very intriguing – and the cover is gorgeous beyond words, of course.

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