Welcome to another helping of Covet the Covers. This week I’m featuring Jo Walton’s covers, which are a mix of fantasy, alternate history (The Small Change series) and magic realism, standalones and series… I shall be sharing my thoughts about her book Lifelode tomorrow – but all her books are a major reading event as her writing talent is off the charts and she always produces something thought-provoking and original. She is one of the most gifted, inspired authors writing SFF today. See my reviews of Tooth and Claw, Among Others, Farthing, Ha’penny, Half a Crown, My Real Children, The Just City, The Philosopher Kings, Necessity, The King’s Peace, The King’s Name, and Lent.
Oh my gosh, she has written so many books! I can’t believe I’ve never read her before😬
I’d love you to sample her work, as I’m very keen to hear your thoughts on her writing. I think she’s amazing, but needs to be MUCH better known and appreciated!!
I particularly like the first three covers: they have a sort of old-fashioned style that I find very engaging 🙂
Her take on the Arthurian legend through the eyes of a very accomplished female knight is a delight – and I realised that there is a book here that I haven’t had the pleasure of reading!
Some of the covers sure do catch the eye. This is a new author for me.
Some of them are really good – I think she is absolutely brilliant! I hope you get a chance to sample her writing, Laura. Tooth and Claw is probably her most memorable read – but I haven’t read anything of hers that I haven’t enjoyed:))
What amazing covers though this is a new to me author. I love the cover for My Real Children especially. Something about it makes me want to know more!
Oh do check out her books – I think she is terribly underrated, Katherine:)
What pleases me about these is their versatility. No two are alike. Did she use different cover illustrators or was this one just very, very capable and versatile?
I’m guessing that they are different cover illustrators, as Walton is published by both Corsair and Tor and I have used a mixture of the covers between both publishers. They are great, aren’t they? Though I am a bit aggravated by Necessity – as I far prefer the style of the other two covers.
Wow! There are so many, and all with great covers.
She is a wonderful author and you’re right – there aren’t any bad covers here. My least favourite is Necessity, the third book in the Thessaly series – and my favourite is Among Others:))
Those first epic fantasy covers are just that–epic. The artist reminds me of one who’d do Conan illustrations, just beats and brawn and swords in mist and impossibility. LOVE it!
And the fantasy series is a marvellous retelling of the Arthur legends, which the covers beautifully convey, I think:))
Sounds like I need to hunt these books down, too!