Cover Characteristics: Book Covers featuring POC Characters

 
 

In all the talk about diversity and inclusivity in books, it’s been pointed out that there are not a lot of covers out there that feature POC characters—even when the book itself does. But representation is important, both in books and on the covers, and I love collecting pretty covers to share with you all, so I thought it would be a great idea to highlight some of the amazing covers out there that do have POC characters on them!


Temper by Nicky Drayden
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
Shatterproof by Xen Sanders
Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick
Want by Cindy Pon
Inheritance by Lissa Kasey
The Root by Na'amen Tilahun
 

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The Wrath & Athenaeum Series by Na’amen Tilahun

The Root by Na'amen Tilahun
The Tree by Na'amen Tilahun
 

The art is great, there’s this cool border effect going on, and there’s even a little skyline on the bottom with a reflection (possibly meant to portray the alternate dimension/mirror city aspect)!

 

Dominion Series by Lissa Kasey

Inheritance by Lissa Kasey
Reclamation by Lissa Kasey
Ascendance by Lissa Kasey
 

I’ve always thought the art for these covers was beautiful!

 

Want by Cindy Pon

Want by Cindy Pon
 

Again, beautiful art, and it has this amazing sci-fi feel!

 

Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick

Master Assassins by Robert V.S. Redick
 

Really, is this not some fantastic artwork??? There’s even someone riding a giant sabertooth!

 

Shatterproof by Xen Sanders

Shatterproof by Xen Sanders
 

This one is kind of subtle, not that much going on, but that intense stare also makes it so eye-catching.

 

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria
 

This is also somewhat simple but beautiful with such pretty colors.

 

Song of the Shattered Sands Series by Bradley P. Beaulieu

Of Sand and Malice Made by Bradley P. Beaulieu
With Blood Upon the Sand by Bradley P. Beaulieu
A Veil of Spears by Bradley P. Beaulieu
 

These are so gorgeous and detailed! I especially love the first with the glowing symbols.

 

Binti Series by Nnedi Okorafor

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor
 

These are so bold and eye-catching!

 

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
 

This one is also bold and eye-catching, and the color combo is AMAZING.

 

Temper by Nicky Drayden

Temper by Nicky Drayden
 

The artwork, all the blue, the font, the moon in the background, I love everything about this one!

 
 
 

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  1. Greg

    Nice topic. Man, I haven’t seen one of these posts in a while. :) I like the Beaulieu covers the best- especially Of Sand and Malice Made. that one’s pretty amazing. But With Blood Upon The Sand and A veil of Spears are also awesome. All three of those rock actually.

    The Binti covers are nice too, and Master Assassins is kinda cool too with that sabertooth.

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    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah I realized I hadn’t done one of these since July I think! All of those covers are so pretty! But I honestly couldn’t even pick a favorite. The master assassins one is really awesome though!

  2. Sam@wlabb

    I have never seen the Binti covers before. They are really striking. I like the Iron Cast one a lot too. I don’t know why, but I am partial to headless people on covers.

    1. Kristen Burns

      They are striking, aren’t they? I know exactly what you were saying, but the way you said you like headless people on covers just sounds really funny LOL.

  3. Lola

    I can’t think of as many covers with POC people on the color. I remember Susan Kaye Quinn has a series with a people of color on each cover in her steampunk series and Chloe Adler has a nice cover with a person of color on it, Synergist. SJ Pajonas used to have Asian people on her covers, but most of them have inanimate objects, silhouettes or spacey art now I think. I still love the initial Summer Haikus cover she had, it was so cute and fitting for the book.

    Temper is a great cover indeed, it’s one that caught my attention when I first saw it. And those covers for Songs of the Shattered Sand are great too. The Dominion covers have some nice artwork too. Iron Cast is simple, but pretty and the style really works for that cover. That’s awesome someone is riding a giant saber tooth on that Masters Assassins cover.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I’m sorry, I can’t look those up right now because my arms are killing me and I’m using speech to text on my phone to respond to comments :-( but that’s awesome that you know of some more sci-fi and fantasy books with POC covers!

      Temper is definitely among my favorites on this list. There’s just something about it! But they’re all so pretty.

  4. Olivia Roach

    Yay for POC on book covers! I have read 2 of the ones you featured here – Children of the Blood and Bone and Iron Cast, both of which I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to read Destiny Soria’s recent release. I really want to read a Binti one too, book one is on my wishlist. One of my favourite covers with a POC is Let’s Talk About Love by Claire Kann. Admittedly, the cover was what initially attracted me to the book :D

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    1. Kristen Burns

      I’ve read several from this list, but not the two you’ve read. I’m glad to hear they were good! Ooh, I just looked up the one you mentioned, and that is pretty! I love the pop of purple!

  5. Daniela Ark

    I’ve been super i love with CoSaB and Iron Cast’s cover all year! Loved discovering all of these! I can always count on you to bring to my attention the best covers around! xoxo

    1. Kristen Burns

      Thanks! I hadn’t realized it had been so long either. I’ve learned to collect covers as I go, to save good ones and then put a post together once I have enough. They kind of are a lot of work though! I haven’t read any of her books, but I’m glad to hear the one you read was great!

  6. Karen

    I’m so happy that publishers have finally woken up to whitewashing covers. There still need to be more and in more genres as well – it’s still slow going in contemporary romance for example but overall we’re headed in the right direction.

    And the books have been successful – so no more excuses.

    Karen @ For What It’s Worth

  7. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

    That Want cover is so creepy! It’s why I’ve gone back and forth about reading it. I can see why readers are attracted to Children of Blood and Bone and Binti… what powerful statements their covers make. I can’t believe it was July since your last cover post! ♥️

    1. Kristen Burns

      Huh, that’s interesting, I’ve never thought of the Want cover as being creepy. Seriously, I don’t know how I let so much time pass between cover posts!