This week, my chosen cover is one of a series – nothing unusual about that.
Series covers are usually connected in some obvious way: perhaps they reflect the same theme, or use a common colour palette, or make use of the same symbol, design or icon.
A good example of this consistent and easily identifiable livery is the alternative historical series about Roma Nova by Alison Morton.
Why Inceptio? Because it was different and eye-catching.
It made an impact and it set the tone for the books to come. The cover format, with its bold numbering and large imposing symbol, is a declaration of power and authority. By contrast, the colour is understated and the background image is there only to give an impression.
The books which followed used the same format though the colours change (obviously!)and the background images are sometimes different.
I like this sort of ‘corporate feel’ to the series and I think it works well. The whole effect is to create a clean, unfussy style. No headless women in Roma Nova!