Gilded Covers Are Trending in YA Fantasy, and I’m Into It

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Regardless of my finest intentions to be a greater individual, I’ve to admit I are likely to closely decide books by their covers—or no less than, I’m extra drawn to the books with the beautiful covers. There’s a purpose a lot care is put into them, in spite of everything.

As a lot as I really like fantasy, generally the covers for these novels are, effectively, an issue. So many swords and painted landscapes and dragons.

However fortunately the younger grownup market, as it’s in so many issues, is refreshingly forward of the curve on this matter.

And proper now, crowns and stylish gilded types appear to be all over the place I flip. So many intricate designs of riches and decadence! It makes for some actually nice cover-gazing.

So, let’s do it. I’ve introduced forth essentially the most deserving of the gilded covers of YA fantasy.

Behold! Allow us to gaze upon them.

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

The most recent novel set inside Bardugo’s complicated Grishaverse of the bestselling Six of Crows duology, Shadow and Bone trilogy, and extra, King of Scars is the primary novel in a deliberate duology. Younger king Nikolai Lantsov should push his nation and himself previous its civil conflict and face new enemies gathering at its gates. In the meantime, the darkish magic inside him is rising, and threatens to destroy every part he has labored for.

The Depraved King by Holly Black

That is the second novel in Black’s The Folks of the Air collection, following her bestselling hit The Merciless Prince. Jude has seized management over King Cardan and made herself the facility behind the throne—the one means she knew to preserve her youthful brother Oak (inheritor to Faerie) secure. That’s lots to juggle as a mortal making an attempt to get by in a Faerie world, however then Jude discovers somebody near her intends to betray her.

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

The Gilded Wolves book cover

Set in 1889 Paris, this historic fantasy places a fascinating twist of intrigue on a thriving industrial age. Séverin Montagnet-Alarie, treasure hunter, gathers a dynamic crew of consultants to assist him pursue an historic artifact on behalf of the Exposition Universelle.

The Eternal Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

Clayton continues her deliberate trilogy with this followup to The Belles. Now on the run from the merciless and beauty-obsessed Princess Sophia, Camellia Beaureguard should save her sisters and discover Princess Charlotte, the rightful inheritor to the throne, earlier than Sophia claims it for herself. Her search leads her to an unlikely alliance with the Iron Girls, a gaggle preventing towards all that Camellia and her Belle sisters had been raised for.

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers

That is the primary in a deliberate duology that takes place in the identical prolonged world as LaFevers’s bestselling His Honest Murderer collection. A darkish story of royal politics set inside the enchanting backdrop of French courtroom, this story follows two undercover nun assassins from the convent of St. Mortain as they uncover one another’s presence inside the fortress and tackle a a lot larger menace to every part they’ve come to like.

Kingsbane by Claire LeGrand

On this sequel to bestselling Furyborn, now that Rielle Dardenne has turn into the Solar Queen a brand new set of trials awaits—one she is probably not ready to beat. As she units out on a quest to forestall the angels from breaking by the Gate, she should additionally keep watch over angel Corien. However is she able to resisting his guarantees of energy and freedom? Centuries later, a brand new Solar Queen should study from historical past to forestall turning into one other Rielle.

Music of the Lifeless by Sarah Glenn Marsh

On this second novel within the Reign of the Fallen duology (one other pattern noticed right here: duologies), elevating the useless has been outlawed in Karthia. So Odessa leaves, looking for to heal her damaged coronary heart. She and her unwelcome journey companion Meredy come upon an unbelievable discovery after they arrive in a metropolis the place the useless rule. However as quickly as they perceive what they’ve discovered, political unrest summon them again to Karthia.

Nocturna by Maya MotaYne

The primary in a deliberate trilogy, Montaynee’s beautiful Latinx-inspired world options faceshifter Finn Voy. When she is caught by a mobster, she should discover a option to do the inconceivable: break into the royal palace and take a legendary treasure. Alongside the way in which, she turns into entangled with Prince Alfehr and unleashes an historic energy decided to devour the world.

4 Lifeless Queens by Astrid Scholte

Keralie Corrington, one in every of Quadara’s most expert thieves, couldn’t be extra not like upstanding citizen Varin. However Keralie tries to steal a bundle from Varin she will get greater than she bargained for and their fates intertwine. Now they don’t have any selection however to hitch forces to search out out who killed the 4 queens…and preserve themselves alive.

Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye

Skye kicks off a wholly new fantasy collection with Circle of Shadows, on the tails of her bestselling Crown’s Sport collection. Sora and Daemon are about to graduate from the Society of Taigas. But it surely’s exhausting to face out as a warrior in a society the place violence hasn’t been essential for generations, so after they come throughout a suspicious group of troopers, they determine to infiltrate the group, launching an advanced net of magic and lies.

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