Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 130: Fantasy (Part 12)

Today’s post is sponsored by Lindsay Eagar and Race To The Bottom Of The Sea!

Title Race To The Bottom of the Sea
Author Lindsay Eagar
Intended Target Audience Middle Grade
Publication Date October 10th 2017 by Candlewick
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Can a clever young inventor uncover a ruthless pirate’s heart of gold? Thrilling sea adventure takes on a hint of steampunk in the second book by the author of the acclaimed Hour of the Bees.

When her parents, the great marine scientists Dr. and Dr. Quail, are killed in a tragic accident, eleven-year-old Fidelia Quail is racked by grief — and guilt. It was a submarine of Fidelia’s invention that her parents were in when they died, and it was she who pressed them to stay out longer when the raging Undertow was looming. But Fidelia is forced out of her mourning when she’s kidnapped by Merrick the Monstrous, a pirate whose list of treasons stretches longer than a ribbon eel. Her task? Use her marine know-how to retrieve his treasure, lost on the ocean floor. But as Fidelia and the pirates close in on the prize, with the navy hot on their heels, she realizes that Merrick doesn’t expect to live long enough to enjoy his loot. Could something other than black-hearted greed be driving him? Will Fidelia be able to master the perils of the ocean without her parents — and piece together the mystery of Merrick the Monstrous before it’s too late?


Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover is a regular feature on Pop! Goes The Reader in which I pay tribute to some of the best and brightest the publishing world has to offer in the way of book cover design.

Please Note: I’ve done my best to credit the designers and artists responsible for the beautiful covers below, but was unable to find this information for a number of those listed. If you know of an uncredited designer responsible for any of these book covers, please let me know and I would be happy to include proper attribution in this post. Their work is lovely and deserves to be credited.


01. These Feathered Flames by Alexandra Overy
(Cover design: Kathleen Oudit ● Cover art: Marisa Aragón Ware)

02. Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin
(Cover design: Jessie Gang ● Cover art: Katt Phatt)


03. As The Shadow Rises by Katy Rose Pool
(Cover art: Jim Tierney)

04. Unravel The Dusk by Elizabeth Lim
(Cover art: Tran Nguyen)


05. Cast In Firelight by Dana Swift
(Cover design: Casey Moses ● Cover art: Charlie Bowater)

06. These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
(Cover design: Sarah Creech ● Cover art: Billelis)


07. Reaper of Souls by Rena Barron
(Cover design: Jenna Stempel-Lobell ● Cover art: Adeyemi Adegbesan)

08. The Once and Future Witches by Alix E. Harrow
(Cover design: Lisa Marie Pompilio)


09. Legendborn by Tracy Deonn
(Cover design: Laura Eckes ● Cover art: Hillary Wilson)

10. Trouble The Saints by Alaya Dawn Johnson
(Cover design: Jamie Stafford-Hill ● Cover art: Charlie Davis)


11. The Camelot Betrayal by Kiersten White
(Cover design: Regina Flath ● Cover art: Alex Dos Diaz)

12. The Other Side Of The Sky by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
(Cover design: Jenna Stempel-Lobell ● Cover art: Artem Chebokha)


13. Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria
(Cover design: Mary Claire Cruz ● Cover art: Viv Tanner)

14. Storm The Earth by Rebecca Kim Wells
(Cover design: Chloë Foglia ● Cover art: Olivier Ponsonnet)


15. A Peculiar Peril by Jeff VanderMeer
(Cover design: Aurora Parlagreco ● Cover art: Lindsay Carr)

16. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
(Cover design: Jessie Gang ● Cover art: Tawny Chatmon ● Lettering: Martina Flor ● Model: Tania Toussaint)


17. What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
(Cover design: Aurora Parlagreco ● Cover art: Corey Brickley)

18. The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna
(Cover art: Johnny Tarajosu)


Now it’s your turn! What are some of your favourite Fantasy covers? Did I list one of your favourites here or is there one I forgot that just has to be included? Let me know in the comments!

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Jen is a thirty-something Canadian book blogger and bibliophile currently residing in the wilds of suburbia. Aside from a penchant for older men, particularly those with the surnames Firth, Elba and Norton, Jen is also passionately interested in running, Mad Men, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to being a voracious reader and self-proclaimed television addict, Jen is also an aspiring children and youth services librarian who would like to pursue a MLIS and better help readers find the perfect book for them.

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