Saturday, March 8, 2014

Shelf Candy Saturday #106: The Kingdom of Gods, by N.K. Jemisin

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!!

This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful book covers,
and provides information,
if available, on their very talented creators!

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about Shelf Candy Saturday,
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Here's my choice for this week!!

The Kingdom of Gods
(The Inheritance Trilogy, #3)
Trade Paperback, 624 pages
(An imprint of Hachette Book Group)
October 27, 2011
Fantasy, Mythology, Romance,
Young Adult Fiction

Why do I love this cover?

I can't help but love just about every cover I see in which the color blue is the main one....  So this cover would of course catch my eye right away!

There are more visual elements to this cover, however, that make it so vibrant and appealing.  For instance, the two clusters of buildings, that at first appear to be two towers, thrust upward as if they were rockets about to take flight.  The brilliant, yellow-orange haze at the base of these buildings heightens that illusion.  The buildings are actually repeated images superimposed on each other, which also helps to heighten the illusion of upward movement.  The sweeping arcs of light to the left and right of the cover also contribute to the illusion.

The font is classic, and reminds me of Roman letters on ancient monuments.  Of course, that's entirely appropriate, since the book's plot includes mythology.  The font is perfect for this cover, too, as it is not in any way intrusive.

There are two things I would change about this cover, though; I would not have placed the descriptive lines at the top.  Nor would I have included the endorsement, which is placed near the top of the highest building, on the right-hand side of the cover.

I must sadly report that, once again,  I was unable to get any information about the cover artist, although I did check out this book in the Amazon online reader.  No information about this very talented person is available on the book's credits page.  Sometimes, information about the cover artist is available on the book's back cover.  Well, no image of the back cover is available on the Amazon reader, either.  I guess I'll just have to wait until this book becomes part of my collection to find out who the artist is!

What do you think 
of my choice this week?
Leave me a comment 
and let me know!


  1. I really like this one. On a level of pure reaction I look at those towers and think that I want to explore them! The eyes in the background add a dose of mystery and menace to the entire thing.

    1. Hi, Brian!

      Yeah, those towers are indeed something I would want to explore myself! As for the eyes, I never even noticed them! Lol. Actually, when I went back just now, and looked at the cover again, I only saw one very well-defined eye. The other one seems to be hidden by mist. But I really hadn't noticed! I guess I kind of thought that the well-defined eye was some sort of spaceship, off in the distance. So thanks for mentioning the eyes! Now the cover seems to have taken on a rather sinister look, although I still like it. I'm glad you like it, too!

      Thanks for commenting!! : )

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    1. Hi, Missie!

      Glad you love it, too! It's a stunning cover, isn't it!

      Thanks for commenting!! : )

  3. This is one that I would buy simply for the cover alone. There are so many eye catching elements and I just love the colors too. The hidden image in the sky is enough to make me wonder! Thanks for posting :-)


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