Best Fantasy Fonts for Book Cover Design

A few years ago I made this epic list of 300+ fonts to use for every genre. But the truth is, I rarely use those anymore, and some are even cringeworthy. So recently I spent a lot of time going through my collection and choosing NEW fantasy fonts I love.

Keep in mind: most of these have decorative swirls or tails, but really great cover design is clean and simple, so don’t go overboard. Be very selective about how much decoration you include.

A great book cover designer can help you get it right.

Also, urban fantasy fonts will be sharp, modern and maybe bold.
Epic fantasy fonts will be clean elegant serifs.

This is a broad list, but not every font will fit every book or genre.
I started this list months ago, working on a cover for a fantasy prequel called “Death of Magic” (I added the cover below, can you tell which font we choose?)

 

 

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About Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is a book editor turned book designer with a Ph.D. in Literature. He's been featured on CNN and spoken at dozens of writing conferences around the world. These days he mostly writes young adult fantasy and science fiction, while helping authors write and publish bestselling books. FREE GUIDE: Sell your work without selling out.