Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring People Holding Glowy Magic in Their Hands

 
 
I know you must be thinking whaaaaaaa?

But allow me to explain.

My first response is that this was not the official topic this week for the meme. (Really, Kristen? Shocking. I know.)

My second response is that I know it is highly specific, but yes, there actually *are* a lot of covers that have exactly this on them.

I think it's an urban fantasy thing. And since I read a lot of urban fantasy, I come across this a lot. But, believe it or not, I'm not making fun of this little trend---I love these covers! (Hey, I never claimed to be original with what I like on covers.) The handful-of-glowy-magic thing always gets my attention and makes me interested. I think it makes for a great cover, hence this week's topic :-)

Cover Characteristics is a weekly meme hosted at Sugar & Snark. I went rogue this week, so my topic is:

Books Covers featuring People Holding Glowy Magic in Their Hands

 

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Book Covers featuring Glowy Magic | reading, books, book covers, cover love, magic

 

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The Wizard’s Heir by Devri Walls

 
The Wizard's Heir by Devri Walls | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

This guy looks seriously badass.

 

Dangerous Waters by C.M. Michaels

 
Dangerous Waters by C.M. Michaels | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

I feel like this would’ve been better without the people in the background, but I like the mostly dark/black cover contrasting with the glowing blue.

 

Kris Chase Series by Gena D. Lutz

 
Created Darkly by Gena D. Lutz | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
Devil's Playground by Gena D. Lutz | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

I’m not entirely sure what happened to all of this character’s shirts, but the covers are pretty nonetheless.

 

The Dia Chronicles by Tammy Farrell

 
The Darkness of Light by Tammy Farrell | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
The Embers of Light by Tammy Farrell | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

Not only are these just pretty covers, the font makes them look so enticing.

 

Justice Calling by Annie Bellet

 
Justice Calling by Annie Bellet | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

It’s just that gritty urban fantasy look I like.

 

Echoes of Eternity Series by Sydney Bristow

 
Nightwish by Sydney Bristow | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
Silverthorn by Sydney Bristow | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

Not only do these have a badass looking woman and pretty coloring, they’ve even got skylines in the background.

 

Dragon Born Series by Ella Summers

 
Mercenary Magic by Ella Summers | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
Magic Games by Ella Summers | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
Magic Nights by Ella Summers | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

These covers just have a great look to them. I like the style, the colors, the background, all of it.

 

Burned by Magic by Jasmine Walt

 
Burned by Magic by Jasmine Walt | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

Another one that’s just great all around. I’m a little freaked out by her eyes though…

 

Soul Breaker by Clara Coulson

 
Soul Breaker by Clara Coulson | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

This one is also great all around with a great art style, but I love that there’s just a normal guy on it. I feel like few fantasy book covers have males, and the ones that do have either super ripped warriors, dark overlord types, really rough/gritty looking men with guns and weapons, or random shirtless dudes. Actually, it’s super fitting since the book is really great on the gender equality/non-stereotyping front.

 

My Favorite:
Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux

 
Soul Born by Kevin James Breaux | books, reading, book covers, cover love, magic
 

*Whispers softly into the wind* Dan dos Santos… No, but really, the DETAIL and the realism, like the cuts and reflection of lights on the buckles of her corset, so amazing.

 
 
 

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  1. Ann

    Nice showcase! I personally like glowing magical orb/sphere stuff (…because I wish I could do it, too?). Great covers :)

  2. Greg

    Fun topic! Like the image too- very cosmic-y. I agree with Dangerous waters- the people in the background have to go, but otherwise it looks like she’s messing with something that could get out of control. The Darkness of Light isn’t bad, and Justice Calling reminds me of the Mercy Thompson books (both title and art). Silverthorn is cool.

    Soul Born is clearly the best one (these things being subjective). :P And yeah it has that Dan dos Santos look! The crackling energies, the cuts on her arms… very nice. The split lip… great cover.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, the image is totally a photo of space, but finding a picture of magic was a little difficult :-P I feel like the people in the background of that cover look like some random photo of people hanging out at a party or something. Their clothes don’t even fit with the main girl. It’s odd. And you’re right, Justice Calling does look a bit like the Mercy Thompson covers, but I like those too lol.

      Soul Born really is a gorgeous cover. I’m glad you agree :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yay I’m not the only one who likes the glowy magic thing! Lol. I never thought about that way, but you’re right, that is one of the great things about these covers!

  3. Cait @ Paper Fury

    omg, Kristen, OF COURSE you don’t need a shirt if you have awesome magicy hands. Magicy hands make up for any sort of wardrobe malfunction. *snorts* XDXD Just kidding. ;)
    I have noticed this trend too!! And I’m okay with it? But it’s not my favourite. (I do love that Soul Born cover. LOVE.) But I do like how it’s usually contrasted with so much black…eeeeepic.

    Thanks for stopping by @ Paper Fury!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Well, I suppose she could just shoot magic at anyway who questions her wardrobe choices :-P

      I love dark covers and contrast too! So you’re right, that is definitely a plus of the trend. (And I totally bought the Soul Born ebook for the cover even though idk what it’s about lol.)

  4. Lola

    Love the topic you picked for this week and yes there are a lot covers like that. I think the Dragon Born series is my favourite of these you listed here, those covers just look awesome and the colours are pretty! Soul Breaker is a great one too, it caught my eye when i saw it on netgalley, although i didn’t request it, I do like the cover. Oh and the Soul Born cover is awesome too, makes me curious about what the book is about.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! I agree that the Dragon Born series is so bright and pretty! Though it hurts my eyes a bit on the computer, haha. I’m pretty sure it was the cover that drew me in to Soul Breaker when I first saw it on Netgalley :-) I will totally let you know what Soul Born is about once I read it because I bought the ebook while it was on sale, but I did so based entirely on the cover and have no idea what it’s about either lol.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Hehe I couldn’t help myself when the glowy magic makes for such a pretty cover! Those covers you mentioned are great! I didn’t know about those. I especially like The Undead Pool :-)