So, I saw this post at tor.com, featuring a re-read of Barrayar, plus a cover for the book I haven’t seen before:
… and I thought, Can it be that a Vorkosigan book by Lois McMaster Bujold got a good cover? Is that even possible?
But I do think this is pretty good! Cordelia is maybe a little young-seeming, but still. I like the bag she has over her shoulder, and I like the scene itself, and generally I just like this cover. So I thought it would be interesting to compare it to what turns out to be a whole lot of other covers that have adorned Barrayar over the years.
Here’s the cover of my copy:
I never understood this cover. Is that supposed to be Cordelia? Surely not? But what is Drou doing on the cover, in a weird scene that I don’t think ever took place?
Let’s take a look at some more, which I think range from boring (generic spaceship cover) through just weird (that white one) and possibly okay but misleading (the swordstick raised up to strike) and oddly pensive but not actually bad. What do you think? My vote for best of the lot is the first one, the one I saw at tor.com. My vote for the worst is the one on my own copy, the strange blond woman with the sword stick. Or maybe the white one, which has totally the wrong feel for the genre as well as being wrong for the actual book.