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26 Beautiful Fantasy Book Covers From 2019

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Margaret Kingsbury

Contributing Editor

Margaret Kingsbury grew up in a house so crammed with books she couldn’t open a closet door without a book stack tumbling, and she’s brought that same decorative energy to her adult life. Margaret has an MA in English with a concentration in writing and has worked as a bookseller and adjunct English professor. She’s currently a freelance writer and editor, and in addition to Book Riot, her pieces have appeared in School Library Journal, BuzzFeed News, The Lily, Parents,, and more. She particularly loves children’s books, fantasy, science fiction, horror, graphic novels, and any books with disabled characters. You can read more about her bookish and parenting shenanigans in Book Riot’s twice-weekly The Kids Are All Right newsletter. You can also follow her kidlit bookstagram account @BabyLibrarians, or on Twitter @AReaderlyMom.

Fantasy book covers have always been my favorite. Because anything can happen in a fantasy novel, anything can happen on their covers. (It’ll come as no surprise that I also collect fantasy art at home.) I couldn’t help but notice how beautiful the fantasy book covers are this year in particular. Many of them are works of art. I’ve collected my 26 favorites, but if any of yours are missing, let us know!

26 Beautiful Fantasy Covers of 2019

26 Of The Best Fantasy Book Covers Of 2019

The Winter Of The Witch By Katherine Arden, Cover Art By Robert Hunt

Cover of The Winter of the Witch by Arden

All of the artwork in this trilogy is beautiful. I’m sad this is the last one!

In An Absent Dream By Seanan McGuire, Cover Art By Robert Hunt

Another fantastic cover by Robert Hunt. I love every cover from the Wayward Children series, but this cover and the first—Every Heart a Doorway—are my favorites, this one because it’s a gorgeous tree!

White Stag By Kara Barbieri, Cover Design by Devan Norman

White Stag book cover

I love how that white stag pops off the dark forest, and it really does look like he’s going to leap off the cover.

The Binding By Bridget Collins, Cover Design By Bonni Leon-Berman

Book cover of The Binding by Bridget Collins

I need this print in a skirt (with pockets). And it immediately says historical fantasy to me.

The Cerulean By Amy Ewing, Cover Design By David Curtis

The Cerulean book cover

I need to visit this gorgeous city, though hopefully I won’t fall!

Black Leopard, Red Wolf By Marlon James, Cover Art By Pablo Gerardo Camacho

Black Leopard Red Wolf

So many eyes and tongues and claws.

The Priory Of The Orange Tree By Samantha Shannon, Cover Art By Ivan Belikov

Cover of The Priory of the Orange Tree by Shannon

This may be my favorite cover on here. The dragon and the fiery orange flames in the background is just stunning.

The Bird King By G. Willow Wilson, Cover Design By Helen Crawford-White

The Bird King book cover

I love the almost Byzantine look to this cover. Another one that instantly says historical fantasy.

Beware The Night By Jessika Fleck, Cover Art By Elen Winata

Cover of Beware the Night by Fleck

Swoon Reads hosted a cover art competition for this book, and this was the winner!

Descendant Of The Crane By Joan He, Cover Art By Feifei Ruan

Cover of Descendant of the crane by Joan He

I read this book solely based on this cover. It’s amazing art, and also an excellent read.

Storm Of Locusts By Rebecca Roanhorse, Cover Art By Tommy Arnold

This cover is so badass, y’all. I’m usually not a fan of urban fantasy covers, but this is the exception.

The Tiger At Midnight By Swati Teerdhala, Cover Art By Michael Marsicano

This cover immediately makes me wonder what the books about. Influenced by Hindu mythology, when a soldier confronts a girl lurking around his fort, he finds much more than he bargained for.

The Candle And The Flame By Nafiza Azad, Cover Art By Carlos Quevedo

Cover of The Candle and the Flame by Azad

Let me tell you, the book is as mesmerizing as this cover.

Lanny By Max Porter, Published By Graywolf Press, Cover Art By Russ Gray

Cover of Lanny by Porter

There is so much going on in this leaf.

Unraveling By Karen Lord (June 4), Cover Art By Leo Nickolls

Unraveling by Karen Lord Cover

If I had a hardcopy of this I’d constantly be tracing the maze and trying to find a way to the center.

All Of Us With Wings By Michelle Ruiz Keil (June 18), Cover Art By Whitney Salgado

Cover of All of us With Wings by Keil

Look at all that stuff in her hair! What is even going on!?

Silver In The Wood By Emily Tesh (June 18), Cover Art By David Curtis

Cover of Silver in the Wood by Tesh

I’ve always wondered why you can’t buy poster-sized book covers, like with films. This needs to go up on my wall.

Spin The Dawn By Elizabeth Lim (July 9), Cover Art By Tran Nguyen

Cover of Spin the Dawn by Lim

Such a good action shot!

Gods Of Jade And Shadow By Silvia Moreno-Garcia (July 23), Cover Design By Elizabeth A.D. Eno

Cover of Gods of Jade and Shadow by Moreno-Garcia

Art Deco + Mayan Folklore = A+

Serpent & Dove By Shelby Mahurin (September 3), Cover Art By Katt Phatt

Cover of Serpent & Dove by Mahurin

That dove needs to get out of there.

Gideon The Ninth By Tamsyn Muir (September 10), Cover Art By Tommy Arnold

Cover of Gideon the Ninth by Muir

A super creepy and effective cover.

The Ten Thousand Doors Of January By Alix E. Harrow (September 10), Cover Design By Lisa Marie Pompilio

Another cover print that I want as a skirt (again, with pockets).

The Water Dancer By Ta-Nehisi Coates (September 24), Cover Art By Calida Garcia Rawles

Cover of The Water Dancer by Coates

This cover has an interesting story. Ta-Nehisi Coates admired Calida Garcia Rawles’s artwork, and asked her if she would be interested in creating the cover art image for his newest book, which he had yet to finish. She agreed, and now we have this unusual and striking cover.

The Library Of The Unwritten By A.J. Hackwith (October 1),  cover image of book page by Ryan Jorgensen/Arcangel; image of arm by Samantha Pugsley/Arcangel; cover design by Faceout Studio; book design by Alison Cnockaert

Cover of The Library of the Unwritten by Hackwith

This cover is so cool. It looks like it’s straight out of a bizarre, bookish dream. Which are the best dreams.

Unnatural Magic By C.M. Waggoner (November 5)

Cover of Unnatural Magic by Waggoner

I love a good Victorian-esque cover!

Children Of Virtue And Vengeance By Tomi Adeyemi (December 3), Cover Art By Sarah Jones

Cover of Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Adeyemi

This cover is everything.

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