Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Old Kingdom

This is my weekly post where I highlight beautiful books from my collection. We all judge book covers to some extent – I created this feature to highlight and appreciate the art and design elements of some of the books I own. If covers didn’t matter, publishers wouldn’t put out so many wonderful editions!

I’ve been reading the original Abhorsen trilogy since high school. It might be my favorite fantasy series. At any rate, it’s in my top whatever of all time series. Yep. I love this series so much, I incorporated it into my literary tattoo!

I was thrilled when I found out Nix was writing more books set in the Old Kingdom. I’ve actually managed to read Clariel once. Then I rushed off and ordered Goldenhand from the UK as soon as it was released – only to find that edition was from a different publisher and is slightly shorter than the others in the series, so I am forever tortured. Woe. And have I read it? No!

Someday I want to get the Australian editions too.

The original covers will always be my favorite though. They all have cover art by husband and wife team Leo and Diane Dillon. My copy of Sabriel is published by HarperTrophy, but the other three are from Eos.

Sabriel – published in 1996, ISBN: 0064471837
Lirael – published in 2003, ISBN: 0060005424
Abhorsen – published in 2004, ISBN: 0060528737
Across the Wall – published in 2005, ISBN: 0060747153″

The newer editions have cover art by Larry Rostant, maps by Mike Schley and hand lettering by David Coulson. With the exception of Goldenhand, which was published by Hot Key Books, they were all published by Harper.

Clariel – published in 2014, ISBN: 9780061561573
Sabriel – published in 2014, ISBN: 9780062315557
Lirael – published in 2014, ISBN: 9780062315564
Abhorsen – published in 2014, ISBN: 9780062315571
Goldenhand – published in 2016, ISBN: 9781471404467
Across the Wall – published in 2007, ISBN: 9780007221462
To Hold a Bridge – published in 2015, ISBN: 9780062292537

Ok folks, strap in, because I took about 40 pictures!

9 thoughts on “Judging A Book By Its Cover: The Old Kingdom

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  2. I absolutely love love love this series and hearing from other crew members who love it too! I used to own the original covers and then lent them to me best friend, back in high school, because I knew she had to read them. We don’t see each other often with me being on the high seas so much. She loved them so much that I finally gave up and let her have them! I bought meself an omnibus edition which I don’t like very much. At some point I am going to have to give in and buy the ones with me favourite covers again because I adore the artwork on the front. Not that I dislike Charter Stones but I want to gaze on those covers again as I read.
    x The Captain

    • You’re a good friend to have parted with those copies! This series doesn’t get enough mention. It’s so damn good. Yeah I’ll always love the original covers, but with the new books coming out I needed a set that matched too.

  3. I adore this series! I borrowed it in the original covers from the library – repeatedly – and then bought those newer ones. The most recent Australian cover for Sabriel is SO pretty, though.

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