I confess: I am quite fond of book covers with plain white backgrounds, depicting a black-costumed assassin or mage in all his cloak-swirling and weapon-flourishing glory.
Like the cover of Brent Weeks’ The Way of Shadows
Or Trudi Canavan’s The Magician’s Apprentice
David Dalglish’s Shadowdance trilogy
The contrast of white background and dark figure, and the swirl of a vibrant color, makes these covers visually striking. The Way of Shadows, for instance, really stood out from the rest of the books when I first saw it on the bookstore shelf.
This cover is different from the rest, but I couldn’t help but share it. Again, there’s the black and white contrast, coupled with a clever and imaginative concept. And great execution.
What styles of cover do you particularly like? Or dislike?
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