Welcome back to this week’s installment of Cover Love! Cover Love is our weekly post here on Twin Reads where we talk about books that have awesome cover designs. With Cover Love, we chose one book that we think has an amazing cover and explain why we think its cover design is so successful! With that being said, lets get into this week’s post!
The cover we love this week is…
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
It’s just so dark and mysterious! We love this cover of Leigh Bardugo’s first book in the Grisha Trilogy. This beautiful cover design is the work of talented designer and illustrator, Rich Deas. We love the dark color-scheme of this cover, with the accents of red on the towers of the building as well as the title text. Another striking element of this cover is the text itself. This is no boring, run-of-the-mill font people! The font is truly art in and of itself. We adore the way the writing seems to spiral out into the rest of the design, mirroring the real-life way that smoke snakes across surfaces and billows from its source. Finally, we love the way the writing spirals to intertwine with the two striking elements on either side of the cover which seem to form the images of two elongated, twisty, bright, and whimsical antlers.
Shadow and Bone is the first book in the Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. It is set in the world of the Grisha—a group of magic-wielding people—in a country known as Ravka, which, unsurprisingly, draws much inspiration from Russian culture. This cover design brilliantly represents this Russian inspiration without being overwhelming, just as the elements of Russian culture are elegantly and sparingly placed throughout the novel.
This book follows main character, Alina Starkov, a young girl who lives in the torn world of Ravka—a place full of magic. Ravka is being overtaken by the Shadow Fold, a magically-created, impenetrable darkness full of deadly creatures. Suddenly though, Alina discovers a power she never realized she had—a power that could save Ravka—and her mundane life as an army cartographer-in-training drastically changes.
The cover design, full of dark blacks and grays perfectly mirrors the overwhelming darkness of the Shadow Fold that is consuming Ravka. Also, the white, almost luminescent, antler-like designs which bookend either side of the title, represent some key-elements within the plot of the book. Overall, this cover design is dark and beautiful. Each element flows seamlessly into the others, while also working together to create a cover that perfectly represents the book behind its design.
Let us know what you think of this cover! If you’ve read the book, do you think the cover design is as representative of the story as we do? Let us know in the comments! If you haven’t read Shadow and Bone or the Grisha Trilogy yet, we highly recommend it and we hope that this post will inspire you to give it a go!