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“Never judge a book by its cover” says the old adage. But any book lover will know that the cover can be the difference between buying the book or putting it back on the shelves.

Hush Hush Cover

As a reader I was trying to decide what makes a great cover, what makes me reach out for the book (followed by my wallet)?

According to goodreads, the best fantasy cover at this exact second is from Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush.

I’ve got to say, when I first saw it I didn’t think much of it and was surprised that 101 people had voted it the best cover. But as I continued to look at it (and save it to use in this post) I began to like it more and more. It definitely has a sense of action and made me wonder what the story inside was about, even though it is in essence a simple design.

However based on its high selling rank in Amazon perhaps simple is the way to go. This is further supported by the outrageously popular Game of Thrones by G.R.R. Martin which took off with unprecedented success last year. The covers of this series are the very definition of simple and yet still these books are at the top of the best-sellers lists.

a Game of thrones

But we should remember that some of the most loved books of all time started out with the simplest of covers. Look at the first edition Lord of the Rings, who would have thought those pages contained enough wonder to entertain multiple generations? If nothing else this should tell us that books shouldn’t be judged just by their covers, a great story could be hidden inside!



As I consider what to use for the cover of my second book I’m beginning to believe that maybe simple is better. I’d love to know what other fantasy readers think? Do you like these simple covers or do you prefer something more involved? What do you think is the best fantasy book cover?

Lord of the Rings

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