Top 5 Wednesday – Favourite SFF Covers (that are Red and Blue)

“Top 5 Wednesday” is a weekly meme currently hosted on Goodreads by Sam of Thoughts on Tomes, where you list your top 5 for the week’s chosen topic. May is rewind month, and my chosen topic is: favourite SFF covers.

Now, there are many incredible SFF covers out there, and it’s impossible to include them all on this list, so I’m going to get a bit more specific and share some of my favourite fantasy covers that are red and blue, which happen to be my favourite colours.


1. Certain Dark Things (US)

Certain Dark Things
The interplay of the dark shadows and the blood red is something I will never stop loving. There’s something elegant yet dangerous about it, which perfectly describes the  protagonist of the story, who happens to be a vampire.






2. Assassin’s Fate (UK) – Art by Jackie Morris

Assassin's Fate (UK Cover)
Jackie Morris did all the covers for the new UK editions of Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings series. But this last one for Assassin’s Fate takes the cake. This picture doesn’t fully convey how beautiful this cover is. With gold foiling that shines brilliantly against a blue background,this is one of the most gorgeous books I own.




3. Deathless (UK Paperback)


While I do like the Tor cover of Deathless, it’s a little too…sophisticated. The UK edition, however, isn’t quite so civilized–it’s rough, it’s textured, the feathers are drawn violently, and there’s a yellow eye staring right at you. And I love it to bits. I think it perfectly represents the themes of life and death explored in the story. Plus, it looks like something you would see right out of an old volume of fairytales.

I couldn’t find out the artist’s name so if anyone knows, drop me a comment!


4. Strange the Dreamer (UK Hardback)

Strange the Dreamer
UK, you guys are killing it with these covers. While I do like the reflective blue of the North American cover, the contrasting gold and deep blue of the UK edition is nothing short of mesmerizing. This is one I could stare at all day long.





5. Amberlough (US Hardback) – Art by Victo Ngai


Victo Ngai
is one of my favourite cover artists. She’s prominent in SFF, covering books like Vicious, Bark: The Elephant’s Graveyard, and the paperback edition of Neil Gaiman’s The Norse Mythology. The Amberlough cover is probably my favourite, though. It’s vibrant, it’s sexy, and she captured the personality of the two main characters perfectly.





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Tammy May 23, 2018 - 1:15 pm

I bought the UK edition of Strange the Dreamer just for the cover! These are all really beautiful😁

Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams May 23, 2018 - 2:08 pm

Yesss Strange the Dreamer 😍😍

tasya @ the literary huntress May 23, 2018 - 2:43 pm

I don’t usually love UK covers, I tend to go for the US covers. But the UK cover for Strange the Dreamer is definitely better than the US one!

Alexia Cambaling May 23, 2018 - 3:50 pm

They all look amazing! I’m really interested in Amberlough- that cover is really gorgeous!

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky May 24, 2018 - 1:20 am

If it’s available there, I highly recommend it! It’s a perfect case of the cover matching the content.

Alexia Cambaling May 24, 2018 - 1:27 am

Good to know! I’ll put it on my TBR.

auroralibrialis May 23, 2018 - 6:46 pm

Lovely list! I adore the cover for Strange the Dreamer. And I’ve come dangerously close to cover-buying Barsk: The Elephant’s Graveyard so many times, it’s a stunner. I love blue book covers!

Justine May 23, 2018 - 8:22 pm

I am honestly always excited to read your posts lol. These covers are gorgeous! I swear that Deathless cover haunts me. I keep telling myself I only need one edition and the US edition is fine. Assassin’s Fate looks so beautiful, but I promised myself I would only purchase the Jackie Morris editions as I read through each series. Aaannd I totally gave in and bought the UK edition of Strange the Dreamer lol.

anna May 24, 2018 - 6:40 am

i was reading both hob’s trilogies ages ago (like in 2008 maybe??? earlier???) in polish and our covers are well…… kinda ugly. :(((( this one is gorgeous tho!!
this amberlough cover is half of what made me wanna read the book in the first place tbh! i mean the new ones are pretty too but this is a work of art.

Kathy @Pages Below the Vaulted Sky May 25, 2018 - 10:48 pm

Oh yeah, Amberlough was a total cover-buy for me. 😛 I’m kinda disappointed we didn’t get the same cover artist for Armistice. And I searched up the polish covers for Hobb books and the old ones are…not…that…great? But have you seen the new ones? They look VERY PRETTY

anna May 26, 2018 - 1:38 pm

yeah, i would love to see what they came up w for the second book but on the other hand – these new editions are AMAZING, too!
ahh yeah the new editions r pretty nice, i’ll give u that!! waaaaay better than the old ones asjhasjdhakdjh

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