My first attempt resulted in this:
Attempt number two:
However, in the process of creating this one I did find both my final title font and the realization that the book cover had to give the reader a fitting expectation.
The release cover (which I won't bother sticking here because it's all over the website and if you're here to begin with you've likely seen it) possibly still screams "amateur hour!". Eye of the beholder*, and all that. However, I felt that it was the best at setting the tone for the book. I also had a theory that the cover subtext might be just small enough in the thumbnail to prompt people to click it in order to read it better. It also served to give the series something of a unifying theme that has been carried over to the cover for Blackfog Island. Don't be surprised if Book 3 also has a cover based around an image of something on a sheet of parchment.
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