The Attack of the Cloaks…

Fantasy cover art has seen a lot of changes over the last few years. I noticed Voyager had been doing a lot of re-issues with clean, simple covers with less colour and a ‘symbol’ rather than the sometimes elaborate artwork of old. I’m not going to say I like either style better. I love the new covers on the Raymond E. Feist books and the Robin Hobb books, but I used to really enjoy examining the artwork on the Robin Hobb books by John Howe. Pre-release Harry Potter covers would have me in a somewhat fanatical state, peering intently into the laptop screen and trying to uncover any clues of what might happen in the next book.

I could mention Mary GrandPre’s blatant use of a dragon on some special edition artwork that was released before Deathly Hallows was released but I’d be digressing…

Lately I have been noticing certain theme on the covers of new fantasy books, but when I was browsing the shelves at Notions Unlimited recently I noticed a rather alarming amount of cloaked figures on the covers of new fantasy books.  Some of the cover art from current popular authors…

 

Now there is a lot of cloaks. I don’t dislike any of this artwork, it’s all really well done. But I think about every third or fourth fantasy book I was picking up had a cloaked figure on the cover. At this point I couldn’t really decide which cloaked figure I was most interested in so I went with a book without a cloaked figure.

Craig reminded me tonight, when I was hunting for pictures, about one of my favourite covers with cloaked figures. A throwback to some 1970’s cloaks for you, and some of my favourite cover art

 

 

 

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