We have a two-fer! I like both these strong covers for the same book. They both adhere to a strong, simple color scheme, iconic imagery, and incorporate the title with the background. For the first cover, it took me a while to realize that the black image across the sun was a war banner, but now that I see that, it makes perfect sense. I love the painterly quality of the cover. For the second cover, the dragon appeals to my inner dragon-lover, of course. I like the fading colors, the great blocking, and the clever use of the dragon itself to communicate the tagline.
The use of font in this one would be overwhelming – if it didn’t exactly reflect the words of the title. Deep, rich colors, strong contrast, simple iconography with medieval and modern skyline elements. It intrigues and has an impact. I am not as big of a fan of the author name being the same font as the word City… I would have made it the same font as the review.
I enjoy good cover frames, and this one increases my love by covering them, implying that the story is bigger than the fairy tale or historical frame. Strong font, simple colors, a blazing white sword against shadowy background. Love it!