Judging A Book By Its Cover: Shikanoko Series

This is my weekly post where I highlight and appreciate cover designs and the general physical appearance of books. We all judge book covers to some extent. I can’t say that I’ve ever decided against a book with terrible cover art if I liked the sound of the plot, but I have purchased special editions of books or multiple editions of books based on their cover art. If book covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many beautiful editions!

This series by Lian Hearn would certainly be on my top whatever list of most gorgeous sets I own, if ever I made such a list.  I love the colors and I especially love the way the spines coordinate. My Sweetbeeps bought me the first book as a wedding gift (and I actually read it on our honeymoon rather than consign it to my massive TBR like I did with the remaining three books). All the books have cover art by Yuko Shimizu and an overall design by Alex Merto. All four books were released in 2016 (which is awesome) by Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Emperor of the Eight Islands – ISBN: 9780374536312, Autumn Princess, Dragon Child – ISBN: 9780374536329, Lord of the Darkwood – ISBN: 9780374536336, The Tengu’s Game of Go – ISBN: 9780374536343.

4 thoughts on “Judging A Book By Its Cover: Shikanoko Series

    • Well I’ve only read the first book so far. They’re not manga though that’d be cool. It’s more like a folktale/legend. I enjoyed the first one though not enough to rave about

    • Well I’ve only read the first book but if you’re into Asian legends I’d say it’s worth a shot. But even if I didn’t like them, they’re so beautiful that I don’t care. I love looking at them. Lol

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