Fantasy and Science Fiction Cover Hotties of 2011

By on January 20, 2012

If you’ve never seen one of these posts from us, Damon and I take a few minutes every month to spin through the covers of SFF books released during that month and pick our favorite characters as seen on the covers. There’s a long and glorious tradition of fantasy art being full of fabulous, sexy figures and faces, and that is what we celebrate with these lists.

2011 is the first year we’ve made it around the calendar. You can check out our archives if you want to see the whole panoply of competitors (half at Boomtron and half here at BookSpotCentral). So, disclaimers and formalities out of the way, let’s cound down the absolute first-tier of hotties from 2011!


Well, we may as well start my run-down with the most unlikely cover dude to make the cut, Sargeant Who-Cares-What-His-Name-Is on Jack Campbell’s The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier: Dreadnaught.

This cover was one of my pics from April 2011. I love me some tall blondies who can survive an alien invasion or an interplanetary civil war, for sure.

One step up we get to blondie #2 for the year, Matthew Swift showing my love of men in nice suits as Kate Griffin’s The Midnight Mayor.

This cover was from February 2011. This is probably one of my all-time favorite covers, just for the imagery of it. And Matthew and his blue electric angels are nice, too.

Then we have The Scar-Crow Men by Mark Chadbourn.

February 2011 was a good month for me. I like his sword. I don’t love his jaw-beard. But overall he’s a winner.

First runner-up comes on The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson.

This book was from November 2011. Let’s see…tall dark and handsome, no jaw beard, interesting suit, nicely chiseled features, intelligent expression? Yes, please.

And my number one cover man for calendar year 2011? S.M. Stirling’s The Council of Shadows.

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This cover is from May 2011. I can’t get over his Neil Caffery vibe. I am breaking all my own rules with this one. It’s urban fantasy, he’s obviously hip, and I had to look way too hard to see that he’s carrying a piece down there…but he’s my winner for the year. No question.


The first woman worth seeing a second time is on Blood Wyne by Yasmine Galenorn.

This cover was from February 2011. Bad girls are sexy. So are the braids.

Warlord’s Legacy by Ari Marmell is also worth revisiting.

This cover was from January 2011, setting the precedent early for badass smokin’-hot assassin chicks being favorites.

Up next is Bedeviled by Sable Grace.

This cover was from December 2011. Yeah. She’s a sexy badass.

Then we have River Marked by Patricia Briggs.

This cover was from March 2011. It was one of my favorites then, and it’s one of my favorites now.

Dearly Departed by Lia Habel is my favorite in the list.

The cover is from October 2011. This is a case where pure gorgeousness is trumping sexiness. She’s too melancholy to be sexy. But the best female cover of the year? Definitely.

So who were your favorite cover characters in 2011?

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Elena Nola runs things here at BookSpotCentral. She is also the imperial movie critic and the colder half of the Ladies of Ice and Fire. On Twitter @MoffElena