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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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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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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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Incarceron series by Catherine Fisher

  1. Incarceron (2007)
  2. Sapphique (2008)
  • 1st row: US
  • 2nd row: UK

US beats the UK editions hands-down. Even though I live I’m in the commonwealth I ordered the US editions to be shipped over. What’s not perfect about them?

 

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The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

  1. The Hunger Games (2008)
  2. Catching Fire (2009)
  3. Mockingjay (2010)
Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins - The Hunger Games

  • 1st row: US
  • 2nd row: UK

As a whole I prefer the US edition of this series; they have a uniformity and clean look to them that appeals to me. The grunge look of the UK series doesn’t cut it for me, though in all honesty it’s the cover of Catching Fire that ruins the set. If it had had a different design it would have been a close call otherwise!

 

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