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The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson

  1. Prequel New Spring (2004)
  1. The Eye of the World (1990)
  2. The Great Hunt (1990)
  3. The Dragon Reborn (1991)
  4. The Shadow Rising (1992)
  5. The Fires of Heaven (1993)
  6. Lord of Chaos (1994)
  7. A Crown of Swords (1996)
  8. The Path of Daggers (1998)
  9. Winter’s Heart (2000)
  10. Crossroads of Twilight (2002)
  11. Knife of Dreams (2005)
  12. The Gathering Storm (2009) (with Brandon Sanderson)
  13. Towers of Midnight (2010) (with Brandon Sanderson)
  • 1st row: UK paperback
  • 2nd row: US paperback/hardback
  • 3rd row: eBook
 
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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in high fantasy, science fiction

 

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The Old Kingdom / Abhorsen series by Garth Nix

  1. Sabriel (1995)
  2. Lirael (2001)
  3. Abhorsen (2003)
  4. Across the Wall (2005)
  • 1st row: AUS paperback
  • 2nd row: US paperback/hardcover
  • 3rd row: UK paperback
 
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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in childrens, low fantasy, young adult

 

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Chronicles of Ancient Darkness by Michelle Paver

  1. Wolf Brother (2004)

  2. Spirit Walker (2005)

  3. Soul Eater (2006)

  4. Outcast (2007)

  5. Oath Breaker (2008)

  6. Ghost Hunter (2009)

  • 1st row: France paperback
  • 2nd row: Germany paperback
  • 3rd row: US paperback
  • 4th row: UK hardback/paperback
  • 5th row: UK eBook/paperback (repackaged)
 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in adventure, childrens, high fantasy, young adult

 

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Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

  1. The Final Empire (2006)
  2. The Well of Ascension (2007)
  3. The Hero of Ages (2008)

  • 1st row: Spain
  • 2nd row: Germany
  • 3rd row: Poland
  • 4th row: US
  • 5th row: US (reprint)
  • 6th row: UK
 
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Posted by on April 10, 2011 in dystopian, high fantasy

 

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The Théâtre Illuminata trilogy by Lisa Mantchev

  1. Eyes Like Stars
  2. Perchance to Dream
  3. So Silver Bright

Even though there’s no really international covers for this series… (if there is, please contact me!) the art by Jason Chan is too beautiful to go unnoticed. The detail and color that went into the art is equisite and the settings just perfect for the theme of the story. Of course it’s the young adult genre, so the angsty expressions are a must, but a beautiful must it is all the same.

The three-act structure is obviously in use here, with the second book’s art representing the disequilibrium of the arc, mainly with the presence of the two guys and the absence of curtains. I just noticed how the first one is depicting the heroine as if she’s about to go on stage, and in the third the curtains are down which means the play is over. The absence of curtains in the second probably represents the play is in progress.

I wonder how many talks the author and the designers had in order to create this effect, because now that I see it it’s too deliberate to be an accident. Hats off to the designing team for this fantastic result.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in fantasy, low fantasy, romance, young adult

 

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Pellinor series by Alison Croggon

  1. The Naming # The Gift (UK)
  2. The Riddle
  3. The Crow
  4. The Singing
  • 1st row: US
  • 2nd row: UK
  • 3rd row: Germany
    1. Die Gabe
    2. Das Rätsel
    3. Die Krähe
    4. Das Baumlied

Maybe I’m biased since I’m looking at the UK editions on my bookshelf as I write this, but I prefer them. I really like the neat way the individual colors of each book line up. The German editions seem kind of flat and bland, and I believe the contrast of colors in book 3 ruins the otherwise fluid continuity of the series. US has that ethereal look that’s reminiscent of a poem or a play, though the “epicness” of the epic fantasy genre is represented to appeal to the young adult genre in the way the characters are looking out.

 
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Posted by on March 19, 2011 in high fantasy, young adult

 

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Night Angel series by Brent Weeks

  1. The Way of Shadows (2008)
  2. Shadow’s Edge (2008)
  3. Beyond the Shadows (2008)

Brent Weeks - Night Angel

  • 1st row: US
  • 2nd row: Spain
    1. El Camino de las Sombras
    2. Al Filo de las Sombras
    3. Más Allá de las Sombras
  • 3rd row: France
    1. La Voie des Ombres
    2. Le Choix des Ombres
    3. Au-delà des Ombres

This was a tough one but I’m going to have to go with France. High fantasy novels should have that traditional “epic” look on their covers, and they’ve nailed it with the panoramic view of the city, the dramatic lighting and amazingly detailed art. The Spain and US editions are cool in their own way; the abstract ribbon on the US is a nice representation of the Ka’kari while on the Spanish covers the assassin aspect is brought into focus.

 
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Posted by on March 9, 2011 in assassin, high fantasy

 

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