You’re all getting a double feature today for the cover of Seafire by Natalie C. Parker. Beautiful covers can be difficult to find sometimes and I’m so thrilled to be able to say that, in the case of this book, both the very different covers that this book has the fortune to have are beautiful. I’m beginning, of course, with the most recent cover for the paperback version as it matches the cover for its sequel, Steel Tide. Stick around and you’ll see a feature for that one next week! And as this post continues, I’m also going to be talking about the original cover for this book.
There’s a level of fierce magnificence to this cover and you can feel it crackling along its surface even as the lightning seems to crackle along the title. It’s such an interesting choice to mix the energy of electricity with a pirate centered cover overlaying the ferocious waves behind it, and yet it works incredibly well. Already I’m sold on this cover and feel a need to have it in my hands. And then it gets better.
The second center focus after the title is that of the main character swinging out over the water in the midst of battle. Her outfit follows the pattern already established by the roaring waves and sizzling energy. She is fierce and she is beautiful. You can see it in the boots, in the exquisite and yet obviously practical pants she wears, in the knife gripped in her hand, in the weapon laden corset, in the chaotic state of her hair, and most strongly in the intense determination of her expression. I love everything about it.
The exceptionally drawn ship in the background does pale somewhat in comparison to the amazing focal points of this cover, but I’m sure we all know that the beauty of this cover would be lost without it. The ship itself adds character in such an amazing and essential way. There is no ship in the original cover, but rather an ocean-related star. The same exceptional title exists on this cover as well, with its octopus-like swirls to the shapes and the electric fire across the text.
And then there’s the sea star, imbued with orange roses that encircle its center. I’m not sure what this imagery represents for the book just yet, but I am incredibly curious about it. And while I love and adore this cover in a great many ways, I do have to admit that I find the new cover even more enticing.
What do you think of these covers? Which one do you prefer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!
This post is part of the Seafire blog tour.
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After her family is killed by corrupt warlord Aric Athair and his bloodthirsty army of Bullets, Caledonia Styx is left to chart her own course on the dangerous and deadly seas. She captains her ship, the Mors Navis, with a crew of girls and women just like her, who have lost their families and homes because of Aric and his men. The crew has one mission: stay alive, and take down Aric’s armed and armored fleet.
But when Caledonia’s best friend and second-in-command barely survives an attack thanks to help from a Bullet looking to defect, Caledonia finds herself questioning whether to let him join their crew. Is this boy the key to taking down Aric Athair once and for all…or will he threaten everything the women of the Mors Navis have worked for?
Natalie C. Parker is the author of the Beware the Wild duology, the Seafire trilogy, and the editor of Three Sides of a Heart. She earned her BA in English literature from the University of Southern Mississippi and her MA in gender studies from the University of Cincinnati. She grew up in a Navy family finding home in coastal cities from Virginia to Japan. Now, she lives surprisingly far from any ocean on the Kansas prairie where she runs Madcap Retreats with her wife. She tweets @nataliecparker.