Fantasy Loves Circles – Part 2

Another way a circle is used on fantasy titles is as a frame. On Chalice by Robin McKinley (Putnam’s 2008 ) and Riding the Storm by Salamanda Drake (Scholastic 2008 ), the circular frame doesn’t quite contain the subject within.  The woman and the dragon extend into the the space between the frame and the viewer.
On this cover for Runemarks by Joanne Harris (Knopf 2008 – this may not be the jacket used on the final cover) and
The Magic Thief by Sarah Prineas (HarperCollins 2008 ), the circular frame is more like a porthole, granting the viewer a peek into the story.  The Magic Thief reminds me of something you might see in a Harry Potter film. I almost expect the characters to start moving.

Chalice: A beekeeper by trade, Mirasol’s life changes completely when she is named the new Chalice, the most important advisor to the new Master, a former priest of fire.
Riding the Storm
: Breena’s determination to secure a position with the guard flight by qualifying for the Island Championship pits her against her best friend, Cara, and damages the Trustbond she has with her dragon, Moonflight. (Dragonsdale #2)
Runemarks: Maddy Smith, who bears the mysterious mark of a rune on her hand, learns that she is destined to join the gods of Norse mythology and play a role in the fate of the world.
Magic Thief: A young thief is drawn into a life of magic and adventure after picking the pocket of the powerful wizard Nevery Flinglas, who has returned from exile to attempt to reverse the troubling decline of magic in Wellmet City. (The Magic Thief #1)

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