Hello Fellow Readers,

Thank you so much for your support for this new section Let’s Judge A Book By Its Cover. I am still not able to run this on a weekly basis, but here’s a new round.

In case you haven’t seen my previous post, in Let’s Judge A Book By Its Cover, I will present a book and various covers from around the world. I will also offer a few comments and tell you why you should pick this book.

Also, I want to clarify that this kind of post is not meant to be in any way “judgemental” against any cover, but simply another way to promote, recommend books and discuss their covers.

After the last post with a showcase of different covers of Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor, I decided to dedicate this post to its sequel. Today I present to you the covers for Muse of Nightmares. Let’s start with the US and UK cover:


Sarai has lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old.

She believed she knew every horror, and was beyond surprise.

She was wrong.

In the wake of tragedy, neither Lazlo nor Sarai are who they were before. One a god, the other a ghost, they struggle to grasp the new boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep.

Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice–save the woman he loves, or everyone else?–while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. But is she? Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she’s capable of.

As humans and godspawn reel in the aftermath of the citadel’s near fall, a new foe shatters their fragile hopes, and the mysteries of the Mesarthim are resurrected: Where did the gods come from, and why? What was done with thousands of children born in the citadel nursery? And most important of all, as forgotten doors are opened and new worlds revealed: Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to the New York Times bestseller, Strange the Dreamer.

Covers from around the world:

Italian cover:

Polish cover:

Turkish cover:

Croatian Cover:

Serbian Cover:

Indonesian cover:

Hungarian cover:

I still can’t believe how different the US and UK covers are, and the first thing that comes to my mind is the choice of colours. While the US kept low blue tonalities from the first book cover, the UK one went with a completely different, flaming red.

I included the same nationalities of the first book, which are the Italian/Turkish/Croatian/Polish covers, so you can compare them.

I also added the Indonesian and Hungarian one, because while working on this post, they stand out to me for their original design. I think the Indonesian one is one of my favourites, together with the Polish one.

If you don’t know this amazing book by Laini Taylor, I’ll give you a couple of reasons why you should read it:

  • If you loved the first one, you can’t miss the second book, duh?
  • We had the moth on Strange The Dreamer’s covers, now we have a bird. Don’t you want to know what it represents?
  • The bird in the cover and the title “Muse of Nightmares” is a combination that gives you this foreboding feeling, and the only way to shake it off is to read this book.
  • Again, with the risk of sounding repetitive, Laini Taylor’s writing is melodic and mesmerising.

Have you read this book? What did you think of this duology?

Which cover do you prefer?