Do! Judge A Book By Its Cover Issue 140: Fantasy (Part 14)

Today’s post is sponsored by Elaine Mongeon, Glen Zipper and Devastation Class!

Title Devastation Class
Author Elaine Mongeon and Glen Zipper
Intended Target Audience Young Adult
Publication Date September 8th 2020 by Blink
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An annihilation force of invading aliens. Human civilization on the brink of extinction. Earth’s only hope — seven cadets and the legendary starship they were never meant to command. No matter the cost, they will stop at nothing to survive. No matter the odds, they will fight to save their future.

The distant future. Earth’s Alliance forces have emerged victorious from a brutal nine-year war with the mysterious Kastazi — a vicious, highly advanced alien race. In the dawn of a new peace, the Alliance Devastation Class starship California embarks on a mission of science and learning with a skeleton crew of seasoned officers, civilian students, and inexperienced military cadets in tow.

For JD Marshall and Viv Nixon, gifted cadets and best friends, the mission holds special meaning: It offers an opportunity to prove themselves and begin to escape the long shadows of their legendary war hero parents.

Suddenly ambushed by a second wave of invading Kastazi forces, JD and Viv make the impossible decision to spearhead a mutiny to save the California and everyone on it. In command and quickly out of options, they are forced to activate the ship’s prototype Blink Reactor — an experimental technology they expect to send them to the safe, distant reaches of space. When their escape transports them to a reality they don’t recognize and reveals unimaginably terrifying secrets, they must fight their way home to save not just everyone they love but also humanity itself. Standing in their way are an insurmountable enemy, saboteurs from within, a mystery eons in the making, and the fabric of time and space itself.

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. Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
(Cover design: Micaela Alcaino ● Cover art: Micaela Alcaino)

02. A Psalm of Storms and Silence by Roseanne A. Brown
(Cover design: Jessie Gang ● Cover art: Tawny Chatmon)


03. Seasons of Chaos by Elle Cosimano
(Cover design: Jenna Stempel-Lobell ● Cover art: Pauline Boiteux)

04. The Chariot At Dusk by Swati Teerdhala
(Cover design: David Curtis ● Cover art: Michael Marsicano)


05. Sisters of the Snake by Sasha Nanua and Sarena Nanua
(Cover design: Chris Kwon ● Cover art: Fatima Baig)

06. Broken Web by Lori M. Lee
(Cover design: Laura Benton ● Cover art: Charlie Bowater)


07. House of Hollow by Krystal Sutherland
(Cover art: Aykut Aydoğdu)

08. Descendants of the First by Reni K. Amayo
(Cover art: Godwin Akpan, Shady Curi and Damian Gjorgievski)


09. The Endless Skies by Shannon Price
(Cover design: Lesley Worrell ● Cover art: Larry Rostant)

10. The Coming Storm by Regina M. Hansen
(Cover design: Greg Stadnyk ● Cover art: Tran Nguyen)


11. The Queen Will Betray You by Sarah Henning
(Cover art: Charlie Bowater)

12. Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim
(Cover design: Alison Impey ● Cover art: Tran Nguyen)


13. The Mirror Season by Anna-Marie McLemore
(Cover design: Liz Dresner ● Cover art: Marly Gallardo)

14. The Wide Starlight by Nicole Lesperance
(Cover design: Kristin Boyle ● Cover art: Ioana Harasim)


15. Blood Like Magic by Liselle Sambury
(Cover design: Rebecca Syracuse ● Cover art: Thea Harvey)

16. Wings of Ebony by J. Elle
(Cover design: Chloë Foglia ● Cover art: Taj Francis)


17. In The Ravenous Dark by A.M. Strickland
(Cover design: Natalie C. Sousa)

18. City of Spells by Alexandra Christo
(Cover design: Liz Dresner ● Cover art: Yehrin Tong)


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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