- Sabriel (1995)
- Lirael (2001)
- Abhorsen (2003)
- Across the Wall (2005)
- 1st row: AUS paperback
- 2nd row: US paperback/hardcover
- 3rd row: UK paperback
I suspect I’m with the minority here, but I’m going to go with the UK covers. Even though there’s something… childish about them, IMHO they’re more magical and exciting than their US counterparts. At the same time the darker color scheme of US covers is darker which creates a more mystical effect.
I would have loved to display other international covers of this series but they’re incomplete and I’m known to be very particular that everything is displayed. So keep checking back 🙂
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.
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.
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.