I am fairly flexible on the design so long as the book cover is easily identifiable as being from the fantasy genre, targeted primarily towards ages 16 – 25. I would like a cover style which can easily be adapted for the later books in the Trilogy. The book will be printed with a 7.81" (19.84 cm) x 5.06" (12.85 cm) Trim Size and a spine width of 0.73" (18.542 mm) for Amazon’s KDP (see attached guide).
I’ve attached three images of book covers that I quite like:
a) Red aberrant and Shadow of the fox – I like that these are simple yet eye catching, and I like the red colours used.
b) The Iron Citadel – this could almost be a design for my book cover except the fortress in my book is not on a mountain (it is within the wider walls of a prison state) and there are 5 people trying to break back into the fortress/prison (three men, two women).
I have included below some descriptions from the book of things which could feature on the cover:
i) The stronghold – this would make sense as it is in the title. Here is the description of Gaowl Prison from the book, which is set in the centre of Gaowl, a walled prison state: “Although it was known as a prison, the word fortress might have been more appropriate. The only windows facing out from the enormous square complex of buildings were narrow loops for firing arrows out onto the street. The imposing stone walls of the prison reached above the surrounding buildings to end in lookout towers, twelve in total, each manned by archers. The battlements at the top of the wall were lined with a protective parapet … the building situated in the heart of the prison – the Governor’s stronghold – which jutted out above the outer walls. … it was decorated with elaborate carved features. All she could see [over the walls] was the enormous multi-coloured glass dome that topped the stronghold. … [An] immense [domed] glistening energy field ... formed a perfect seal with the outer perimeter wall, making the fortress even more impenetrable. The sunlight refracted through the energy field and exploded onto the central glass dome.
ii) Fire – one of the characters, Iyre, can control and fight with fire using his hands. This is the most visual of the magic powers in the book. Iyre is described as “good-looking … light blue eyes and white-blond hair, coupled with his lean but muscular frame” He would wear black.
iii) The Governor’s chain, wrought in gold with many large multi-coloured (each colour different) gemstones set into it. It is the weapon that the main enemy would rely on for their magic. It is described as “Governor’s chain, glowing brightly with luminous gemstones of every colour. Some gemstones seemed to glow two different colours, or a multitude of colours, depending on how the light caught them. They shone with a mesmerising luminescence that eclipsed the lighting in the room … The central stone was larger than the others, shining a radiant white, seeming to eclipse the others like a beacon.” I've included an image of what it might look like (although in the book it contains around 20 gems), EXCEPT that it is to be worn by a man, so it needs to be more masculine (perhaps crossed with a mayoral chain?).
iv) Another symbol that features in the book is a many pointed star (“the many pointed star of the Creator”). It is often described as being gilded in metal, with one of the points catching the light to show the way.
v) A final symbol that is relevant for the story is a silver chain and small pendant. The pendent is described as being etched with the “many pointed star of the Creator”. (It could perhaps be contained within a circle of silver metal, or etched onto the surface of a round silver pendant).