Thursday 18 October 2012

Book Trailer & Cover Comparason: The Gathering Dark (Shadow and Bone) - Leigh Bardugo

Yesterday I posted my review of Leigh Bardugo's fabulous debut novel The Gathering Dark (published in the US with the title Shadow and Bone). I absolutely loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough but in case my review wasn't enough to convince you to give it a try I thought I'd share this awesome trailer with you!

I also thought it would be interesting to look at the very different covers for the book. I don't know about the rest of you but it confuses the heck out of me when a book is given a different name in the UK to the US. All I can say is thank heavens for Goodreads because before I had that to use as an easy way to check series details I made numerous mistakes buying the same book twice because it had a different title!

Anyway, Leigh's novel was released in the UK with the title The Gathering Dark and the stunning cover below. I love the eerie feel to it as Alina is running through the dark, snow covered wood and taking a quick look over her shoulder to make sure she's not about to be caught. It really captures the atmosphere of the story. The cover looks even more beautiful in the flesh than in this picture though, the writing and the swirls around the edge of the cover are done in gold foil which gives it a lovely effect.

UK Cover

In the US the book was released with the title Shadow and Bone which I personally don't think fits the story as well as the UK title does. I also keep getting it confused with Smoke and Bone from Laini Taylor's novel The Daughter of Smoke and Bone which is a shame. Looking at the cover below I have to say I really like the buildings at the bottom - they make me think of a Russian cathedral and considering there are a lot of Russian influences in the story that fits the book really well. I also like the font of the title and the ghostly looking trees at the side.

US Cover

Overall I think I prefer the UK cover though and I definitely like the UK title better. What do you think? If you've read the book already I'd love to know which cover you think suits the book better? If you haven't then let me know which cover would you be most likely to pick up in a book shop?


  1. The UKcover definitely fits the book better and its so beautiful. I really don't like the US one! I really get annoyed when they change them, just gets confusing. Great post. :)

  2. @ barmybex - I prefer the UK cover too! It gets so confusing when they change the titles doesn't it! I don't mind having different covers but different titles just does my head in LOL



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