Hello everyone! Today, I’m excited to post another book cover review! This time, I’ll be reviewing the three books of The Bone Witch trilogy. These books have beautiful, atmospheric covers that just beg you to pick them up and discover the dark secrets inside. The designer and cover director behind these books definitely did an amazing job.
Because the three covers are similar in some ways, I’ll be reviewing them together as a set, but I’ll be pointing out individual elements of each one as well.
The Bone Witch
The Heart Forger
Book Cover Review
These three covers are quite possibly some of my favorite book covers on the market right now. They’re dark. They’re elegant. They’re atmospheric. They’re everything I love in a cover design for a dark YA fantasy. In this review, we’re going to break down different elements of these book covers and touch on why I like them so much.
To start out, all three of these covers feature beautiful atmospheric photography which works quite well to set the tone of these books. They showcase a girl meant to represent the protagonist, Tea, perched atop cliffs overlooking the water and clouds. They’re all dark, even The Heart Forger, which has the lightest cover of the series. The cliffs, mountains, and choppy water all add gritty texture that add to the darkness. I really love that Tea starts off sitting down in a vulnerable position, but in the 2nd and 3rd covers, she is standing, wearing an elegant cloak. It’s a small touch to show her growth as a character through the series.
Some of my favorite elements of these books are the filigree details, which are elegant and beautiful. On the physical books, they’re metallic and even more striking than they look here. I love how at the top of each cover, the filigree frames the girl in a way that complements her pose. I also love that the design is different on each cover, but cohesive enough to work as a series. My only complaint here would that on the cover of The Shadow Glass, some of the silver filigree gets lost in the lighter cloud details at the top.
One complaint is that The Bone Witch has a beautiful wash of purple cover, but the others don’t really have color. While the covers are totally beautiful as they are, there was actually a different cover on the ARC of The Heart Forger, which was blue! I personally don’t own a copy of this ARC, so I found a beautiful image of it on Bette’s Pages Book Blog. (Please check out her page!) While I don’t care for the filigree design on the ARC copy, I love how blue it was, and wish they had stuck with a more colorful (but still dark and atmospheric) cover direction.
That being said, I still love the way that these covers look, and they’re some of my absolute favorite covers. I love the skulls, the darkness, the filigree, the taglines everything. These covers are truly stunning, and I simply have to give them all 5/5 stars. On top of the covers being amazing, I enjoyed reading the first book in the series as well! Review to come soon.
Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more book cover reviews and tons of other bookish content! I’ll have a review up of this trilogy soon.
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