- Sabriel (1995)
- Lirael (2001)
- Abhorsen (2003)
- Across the Wall (2005)
- 1st row: AUS paperback
- 2nd row: US paperback/hardcover
- 3rd row: UK paperback
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.
Rick Riordan – Percy Jackson and the Olympians series (US, UK)
Even though I have the UK edition of this series, I vastly prefer the US editions. There is truth in the saying that there’s beauty in simplicity. Seems to me like the UK is stuffed chock full of stuff; US on the other hand makes good use of color and art.
The first cover comparison I did was in 2009 and I posted it on Fanpop. It featured the different Artemis Fowl covers in the US, the UK, and the new US covers.
Since that time a new book has come out, The Atlantis Complex, and I’ve amended the comparison accordingly: