Cover Lover: The Map of Time

November 16, 2013 Cover Lover 6


Hey peeps! Hannah here. This is my first post for Tea in the Treetops so be nice please. πŸ˜€ Kidding. I know you will be.

For those of you who followed my blog, Once Upon A Time, you might remember my Cover Lover feature in which I showcase a cover that particularly caught my eye. This time, I plan to do a similar thing but also talk about other cover art for the same book internationally and invite your lovely selves to talk about your favourites in the comment section.

Today, I decided to start with The Map of Time by FΓ©lix J. Palma. I may have showcased this cover in a previous Cover Lover, I can’t honestly remember, but as this is a new blog I figured why not.

I shall start with the edition on my shelf, the 2012 UK Harper cover.


I was talking to Dan (my fiancΓ©) about this one the other night actually. It’s my favourite because it stands out so much. To me it says dreamlike fantasy, whimsy, and perhaps a little epic. But to him, it says fantasy romance. I love the colours, the simplicity, the complexity, the sparkles, the font, the Washington Post quote, the couple dancing on a giant clock. It’s lovely.

Then we have the cover you may be more familiar with in the US and beyond.


This one tells a different story. One of magic and the unknown, and just a little foreboding in the shadowy figure inviting us in with promises that may be more than we bargained for. This one has hints of steampunk and appeals more to male readers than the first one. Plus “New York Times bestseller” usually bodes well.

Next we have the original UK Harper cover.


This one is still fabulous but not quite as eye-catching in my opinion. I like it, it’s very nice, but that’s all. It doesn’t have the oomph that the two above have and that counts for something. All this one says to me is “steampunk time travel romance”. I haven’t read the book yet so it could well be that, but from what I have heard it is so much more. I do like the way the model hands are holding the pocket watch as though they are holding a heart, and the typography is very nice as well.

I also wanted to feature the original Spanish cover.


Isn’t it awful? Bear in mind this is a novel set in Victorian England.. her clothes are all wrong, the typography is boring, and it just generally looks like.. well.. something I’d put together in Gimp. That’s right, not even Photoshop. What do you think? Any redeeming features?

So there we have it. Which is your favourite and why? Discuss! πŸ™‚

Hannah is a twenty-something bookworm and gamer who spends her time escaping into fantasy worlds of all kinds: written, visual, interactive, and self-created. She also blogs at Jaedia's Menagerie and Once Upon A Time, and can be found absorbed in anime, chick lit, historical fiction, contemporary and non-fiction as well.

6 Responses to “Cover Lover: The Map of Time”

  1. Lanaia

    The first one is really beautiful, but I really like the second one too, since it’s obviously steampunk which I love πŸ™‚ I don’t like the last two. I’m curious what you’d think about the book. I like adding steampunk books on my to-read list but a lot of them have low ratings, so I usually need to read some reviews first.

  2. Angelya

    I really quite like the first and second ones too. I guess the first looks more “classic” and the second a bit more “spec-fic-y”, if that makes sense πŸ™‚ Agree with your assessment of the third one!

  3. Aymee

    I really, really love the first one (And it’s the one I bought.). I like that it sort of matches Night Circus (Even though I’ve not read either yet), and that it looks so amazing in my shelves.

    Being a tiny bit tired of both fantasy and steampunk, I find this first cover a lot more appealing, as number two does not really stand out from most books in the genres, letting it fade back into the crowd. I mean, it’s pretty and all, but gosh. The first one.

    Also, I really like red. And sparkles.

    • Philippa

      Aymee – I agree I also felt the first one reminded me a lot of Night Circus!

      It is amazing what a bit of marketing can do, the first one is so set out in a romance style, especially when you read the quote. You would think you were reading a completely different novel based on the US cover!

  4. Natasha

    I absolutely love the first cover! I would buy that book based on the cover alone (yes I know, never judge a book blah blah…). The others, well – meh.

    Loving Cover Lover Hannah, keep it up πŸ™‚

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