Book Covers As Art – The Song of Achillies by Madeline Miller.


Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the court of King Peleus and his perfect son Achilles.
Despite their differences, Achilles befriends the shamed prince, and as they grow into young men skilled in the arts of war and medicine, their bond blossoms into something deeper – despite the displeasure of Achilles’s mother Thetis, a cruel sea goddess.
But when word comes that Helen of Sparta has been kidnapped, Achilles must go to war in distant Troy and fulfill his destiny.
Torn between love and fear for his friend, Patroclus goes with him, little knowing that the years that follow will test everything they hold dear.

I am the first to admit that a am a book cover geek. My little reading heart is always attracted to a beautifully thought out cover, one that reflects the power of the story, that tells you something about the tale within.  To me if the publisher has belief in the story being told, they will reflect that in the cover they give it.

So when I saw an article about book covers as art, I instantly wanted to start a series of blog posts covering this very topic.

It didn’t take any thought to decide which cover I should start with. The Song of Achilles is one of my all time favourite reads and from the moment I first saw the cover, I loved it. It is both beautiful and it mad an immediate impression on me as I entered the bookshop.

This is without a doubt a peace of art I would hang on my wall if anyone ever sold it as a print. Cover designers are artists without any doubt and should be celebrated as such!

“In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk. Their hands meet, and light spills in a flood like a hundred golden urns pouring out of the sun.”
― Madeline Miller, quote from The Song of Achilles

About the author 

Madeline Miller was born in Boston and grew up in New York City and Philadelphia. She attended Brown University, where she earned her BA and MA in Classics. For the last ten years she has been teaching and tutoring Latin, Greek and Shakespeare to high school students. She also studied in the Dramaturgy department at Yale School of Drama, where she focused on the adaptation of classical texts to modern forms. She currently lives in Cambridge, MA, where she teaches and writes. The Song of Achilles is her first novel. Website:

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