I could see my book being one of three potential styles. I will describe each one and attach an example book cover to help illustrate. I’ll give a lot of information to help reduce the number of revisions.
Cover style one:
In my novel, an ancient language of written spells is one of the most important magical elements. I could see my book having a relatively simple cover, with symbols being the center of attention. An example of this is the book “Child of the flames” (attached below). This could be a view of the city wall with its symbols, or the amulet with its symbols in the foreground. The symbols could also be used as a border of the cover. In the cover for “child of the Flames”, I also love the high contrast and bright metallic lettering. I hope to see this in my book cover except gold. (descriptions of the city wall and amulet are included below. Images of the symbols are attached below as well.)
Cover style two: The cover would use the city as a background and show a medieval-style city on the side of a mountainside. In the foreground of the cover, the image of the amulet could also be used as previously descibed. I imagine this cover looking like the cover of “The Demon King.” (Attached below.) In the novel’s cover, I really like the dynamic contrast and artistic nature of the fog and the background shading. (Below is the amulet description as well as the city description. There's also an attached map to help visualize the city.
Another idea: the open archway of the wall could be in the foreground, and the city could be viewed in the distance through the archway. That would be cool too.
Cover style three:
I imagine the book cover to be split in half by a cross-sectional view of the wall. The wall can intersect the title near the upper portion of the cover and replace the center 'I' of 'The Dividing'. Then, a silhouette of the two main characters, Matt and Rose, could be put leaning on either side of the wall. Matt’s outline would be wearing something that looks like a snug-fitting black combat uniform, and Rose could either be wearing a fancy dress, or a tight fitting combat uniform as well. The very edge of the cover could be outlined by pine trees. Or, one side of the wall could have a lighter background showing the safety of the city, and the other could have a dark forest representing the danger outside the wall. (Matt and Rose's descriptions are added below.)
The pendant is round, with a gaping hole in the center. The middle is thicker than the edges, like a smashed donut coated in gold. Rather than sprinkles, the golden donut is decorated with intricate ridges and interwoven gold strands. A thin gold chain loops around my neck and through the center of the pendant. Engraved around the center are what intrigue me most of all: strange symbols.
(symbols attached below. The amulet symbols are the image with 4 symbols)
(I attached a sample pic of the amulet below. It isn’t exactly accurate – the chain should go through the center and the symbols are slightly off – but it gives you an idea. The beautiful and artistic, the better.
“I look up, and my jaw drops open. It takes a few seconds to register what I see. Up ahead, the road collides with a stone archway. It’s the opening of a wall that stretches as far as I can see in both directions. It’s not a chain-link fence, but a real wall. A 50-foot-tall stone wall like in medieval times. There are huge symbols carved into the side of the stone wall. Some are several feet tall.
(symbol image attached below. The wall symbols are the image with 11 symbols)
On the other side of the arch, the road continues, but the forest is replaced with an enormous field of grass and small bushes. The road cuts a straight line through the center of the field, corn stalks and grapevines on either side.
But most impressive is what’s beyond the field. Off in the distance, clinging to the mountain, are rows and rows of square buildings. They layer the mountainside like the dull-colored scales of a sleeping dragon.
I tilt my head back to take it all in. A whole city has been hidden in the mountains. All the buildings cling to one central mountain peak.”
(see map for better visualization)
Here are some more details about the city. It’s based on medieval Europe and has no technology. The wall is stone. It is based of your typical medieval stone wall. And the symbols are carved/embedded in the wall. They don’t glow, but I imagine the indentations being coated/lined with gold. And these symbols are big, maybe 5-10 feet tall, and spaced side by side along the entire length of the wall. They repeat the 11 symbols over and over.
Overall, feel free to tweak the description slightly if it makes the cover better. I can always adjust the description in the book easier than I can create a good cover.
Matt description: “He has prominent cheekbones and full, soft lips. A small cleft in his chin is the only bump on his smooth jawline. He’s taller than I initially realized. Sitting down, my eyes only come to his lips. I try not to stare at them as they move to shape words. He’s handsome in a different way than Antai. Not quite as rugged. I almost want to use the word ‘beautiful’.”
He’s tall 6’2 or 185 cm
He has blonde, wavy hair.
Rose description: “My nose is small and slightly turned up. I have full lips, a tapered face, and my almond brown skin is smooth and clear. I like the way I look, but I’m not nearly as gorgeous as my mom. Her portrait hangs next to my own. She was elegant and tall with copper skin and curly brown hair. Her eyes were a beautiful, bright hazel. Fortunately, I inherited her eyes; they’re my most stunning feature.”
Font preference: I like the font used in “House of Salt and Sorrows.” I like how the font is somewhat personalized and has coloring to make it look 3D. Also, I like the gold color. On my cover, I would love if the 3 I’s in “The Dividing” were long and exaggerated. They could even be made to symbolize the three walls of the sanctuary. Just an idea. Or they could just be big and cursivy.
Example covers: the following books are attached as examples that I like: Ash Princess, The heart of Betrayal, An Ember in the Ashes, and Kingdom Untold.
*In the end, you’re the specialist. Feel free to take liberties and do what you think will look good! Let me know if you have any more questions! :)