hey, remember how everyone was like “holy shit, actual black girl protagonist in historical fantasy” when Kate Elliott’s Cold Magic came out?
remember how she at least looked sorta brown on the cover? a little bit?
now, this cover is pretty goddamn whitewashed compared to the book’s descriptions
but here is the kindle cover art
blue eyes and everything.
they’re not even fucking trying, are they
look at how similar the designs are
down to the hairstyle, the swirly overlay, and the gear in the background
literally the only thing they changed was making her whiter, and turning all the brown design elements blue
THEY WERE LITERALLY LIKE “I CAN SEE NO WAY TO IMPROVE THIS COVER DESIGN EXCEPT TO USE A WHITER GIRL”
Wowwww. And they kept everything else the same, so it’s not even like they wanted to change the pattern design or anything, it’s like “we like that cover, but she’s not white looking enough…”