I like so much about this cover: the movement implied in the swirl of cloak, the “I’m coming to get you” look of the protagonist, the dark colors and the torch in the background that evoke another time. Right away I can tell that this is not some kind of sanitized world, and the protagonist is competent and dangerous.
Turns out that Rostant has done many covers I’ve admired over the years.
I love the exotic backgrounds and the concealing black costumes of these:
And the way movement and aggression is captured on this cover (or, I may just have a thing for veiled and turbaned figures):
Rostant’s also pretty good at the “Girl In Flowing Period Costume”-type covers, as you can see here. I find the covers of Kristin Cashore’s Graceling and Fire the most striking of that bunch–they’re much starker (and darker) and the poses just exude strength and spirit.
Check out his website for more eye candy.