Book Cover Battle: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

The Mistborn trilogy is one of my favorite fantasy series of all time and The Final Empire — the first book in the series, like so many other popular books, has had its cover art has evolve as new editions release. The first U.S. paperback edition cover is probably familiar to most Sanderson fans:

The Final Empire

Or, the current paperpack cover of the trilogy’s omnibus:

The Final Empire

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Fantasy Book Covers: The Great Hunt

Once upon a time, before the time of Goodreads and the iron rule of the mighty Kindle clan, books were physical, mystical beasts, hunted for their meat in thrift stores and Borders locations across the land. And without the guidance of Amazon.com customer reviews and Reddit, the commonwealth made do with what they could.

Never judge a book by its cover, they said; but we had no user reviews to heed, and r/books was just a whisper on the wind. So it came to pass that many books were thus judged by their covers.

In the sprawling spiderweb of today’s book-hunting ground, choices abound. Book covers still live. Fantasy readers are intimately familiar with the mysterious cloaked man standing dramatically:

The Straight Razor Cure The Way of Shadows City of Stairs
WaylanderThe Warded Man Magyk

Or the ridiculously photogenic sword: Continue reading