FORGED Cover Reveal!

I still can’t really believe I wrote a complete trilogy. Or that all three books now have covers! *pinches self*

Because I know you’re going to scroll down immediately, let’s jump straight to the artwork for Forged, the final installment in the Taken trilogy…


And here’s the official flap copy (But fair warning–minor TAKEN + FROZEN spoilers ahead!):


Gray Weathersby and his group of rebels are determined to bring down the Franconian Order. But they may be too late. The Order is closer than ever to its ultimate goal—building an unstoppable army—and every generation of Forgeries is more sophisticated, harder to detect, and deadlier than the one before.

Now the rebels have joined forces with new allies, the Expats. But when even the most familiar faces can’t be trusted, Gray will have to tread carefully if he wants to succeed—or survive.

Guys, this cover! I don’t know how the folks at HarperTeen keep outdoing themselves, but I love this artwork just as much (if not more) than the first two. The orange to purple gradient. The misty scenery. The fact that the reflections are split for the first time ever, and that the models finally feel united, rather than walking slightly apart. *sighs contently*

And look at how pretty they are lined up together:


And now, a quick Q&A! (No one’s actually asked these questions. Not yet, at least. But knowing what sort of questions popped up after the cover reveal for books 1 and 2, I’m trying to plan ahead)

It’s so pretty! When will it be in stores?!
Right?! And April 14th, 2015. Pre-order links will be available in the coming weeks, once the HarperCollins catalog goes live. In the meantime, you can always add Forged to your Goodreads shelf!

Who designed it?
The very talented Erin Fitzsimmons, who’s been the brains behind Taken‘s and Frozen‘s covers as well. (She’s also designed some of my favorite YA covers to date, such as House of Ivy & Sorrow, Tease, and Not a Drop to Drink.) If you love Forged‘s cover, you should go tell Erin on twitter.

Who’s the girl on the cover—Emma or Bree?
I get asked this question a lot, and my answer is always the same: It’s whoever you want it to be! That’s the magic of books and reader interpretation.

But in full disclosure: I’ve always seen Emma on Taken‘s cover and Bree on Frozen‘s, even though the model is the same across all three covers. (Fun fact: she has an Instagram!) I know exactly which character I see represented in Forged‘s artwork, but I worry people will assume whoever I name to be the outcome of the love triangle, so I’m keeping hush for now.

Elements on your covers always have significance to the story (the tree and city for Taken, the wintry landscape for Frozen). So what’s with the mountains and mist?
I’m not sure if Harper had the same intentions, but I actually don’t see mountains when I look at Forged‘s cover. I see an island. A rugged island at early morning, with mist creeping in so that you can’t see the ocean surrounding it. Without giving too much away, there is indeed an island that makes an appearance in Forged and is the site of some monumental developments (and action scenes!). If you feel like playing detective, said island is mentioned in one scene in Frozen.

Well, that’s all for now. If you still have a question, leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it.

But before you go, I have to ask: What do you think of Forged‘s artwork? Fill out the widget below and share your cover reactions in the comments to be entered to win a signed ARC of Forged! The ARC will ship later this summer/fall (once I receive copies) and the giveaway is open to US mailing addresses only.

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57 Responses to FORGED Cover Reveal!

  1. Sarah (appifanie) Jun 24 2014 at 9:06 am #

    I think FORGED is gorgeous! I love all 3 in their own separate ways, I love that this one has water, the reflected couple – it’s probably my favorite.

  2. Melody Maher Jun 24 2014 at 9:20 am #

    I think this cover might be my favorite!

  3. Nemo Jun 24 2014 at 9:35 am #

    ITS BEAUTIFUL. Its all majestic and wonderful 🙂

  4. SuzeW Jun 24 2014 at 9:40 am #

    The covers are just swoon-worthy. Erin did an incredible job, and obviosuly YOU did an incredible job insiring her with your work! I can’t wait to have a full set!

    And giving a math Captcha in the morning was… well, let’s just say I needed my fingers (and I counted twice to be sure) 😉

  5. NikkiD Jun 24 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Absolutely LOVE the cover! Don’t know if I could choose a favorite!

  6. Alex Ray Jun 24 2014 at 9:57 am #

    SO BEAUTIFUL! I love the color scheme and the mist and the… everything!

  7. Jen Jun 24 2014 at 10:09 am #

    This might be my favorite

  8. Rasheed Jun 24 2014 at 10:18 am #

    I have to say Frozen is my fav cover of all time !!!!!!! But Forged is still as gorgeous as the other two.

  9. Hannah Martian Jun 24 2014 at 11:31 am #

    SO pretty! I love the blue/purple, too!! 🙂

  10. Blythe Harris Jun 24 2014 at 11:42 am #

    THE COVER, ERIN. I honestly think this might end up being my favorite for the use of the purple and orange. I looooove that color combination and it is so freaking gorgeous here. AND THE ISLAND. I am determined to find that island in Frozen now.

  11. Brandi Jun 24 2014 at 11:52 am #

    I love this cover! I can’t wait for the book to be out.

  12. Andrea Jun 24 2014 at 12:00 pm #

    I’m going to need a bigger bookshelf so that I can line these up side to side. Gorgeous! I’m so excited!

  13. Lily Sooklal Jun 24 2014 at 12:08 pm #

    I love the upside down reflection on the cover of forged, it makes a cool illusionary effect 🙂

  14. Krispy Jun 24 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    After much thought, I think TAKEN is still my favorite (I just love the color gradient and tree too much), but FORGED has a cover worthy of concluding the series. I love that it calls to elements of the first cover – the orange top, the reverse reflection – but that it also has so much different. The lack of the tree motif, the wholly unexpected color gradient! I never would’ve guessed purple! Beautiful, beautiful!

    Congrats Erin! And man, did Erin Fitzsimmons do an incredible job with these covers!

  15. Alyssa Susanna Jun 24 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    OMG ERIN I LOVEEEEEEE THE COVER OF FORGED!! It’s easily my favorite (no offense to the other three, or to Stolen haha). Purple is my favoriteee color, and I love the swirls of purple on Forged. I like the tree branch design on Taken, but the PURPLE. Purple and orange look so good together (as they should)! I enjoyed both Taken and Frozen, and I can’t wait to see how it all ends. Congratulations on another stunning cover, Erin! The design team a Harper always does a fabulous job. Also, you totally win the cover lottery, when it comes to all three of your books 😀

    Squee! Thank you for the giveaway as well!

  16. ashley Jun 24 2014 at 12:19 pm #

    Oh. My. Erin! It’s amazing and perfect. I adore the three lined up together!

  17. Aneli Navarro Jun 24 2014 at 12:43 pm #

    I LOVE every single cover! They’re all so beautiful but I’d say that my favorite is “Taken” because of the color scheme.

  18. Adam Silvera Jun 24 2014 at 1:12 pm #

    ERIN! I love it so much. You hit the cover jackpot with this series. CONGRATS and I can’t wait for FORGED!

  19. Cori Jun 24 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for this final one to come out so that I can just read them all. WOOHOO marathon reading. I love the covers so much! Can’t wait to have the final one on my shelf they will look great together.

  20. Laney Norton Jun 24 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    This cover (as I told you on Instagram) is BEAUTIFUL!! I’m absolutely in LOVE with it! I’m so happy for you, being able to write a whole trilogy and get such good responses. Having readers who love your work is big and I know you’re pleased! I so excited to be able to read Forged and even if I hadn’t read the first two, I’d be taken (he-he) by the cover alone! I love you, your books, and (once again) this cover! Have an awesome day :)!

  21. Shelby Jun 24 2014 at 2:49 pm #

    I love the new cover! I like how, if you were to line them up end to end (top to bottom that is) the colors all blend together! I have to say, though, that Taken is still my favorite cover.

  22. Misti Jun 24 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    It is so beautiful! I love the colors and to see the characters closer together as well. Excited to read it. Thanks Erin and Congrats on a beautiful book series!

  23. Nicole D. Jun 24 2014 at 3:37 pm #

    I love all the covers of the series but my favorite is is Forged.

  24. Taylor Jun 24 2014 at 4:46 pm #

    The new cover is beautiful! I love how well they all go together!!

  25. Pili Jun 24 2014 at 5:02 pm #

    Wow!! JUST… WOOOOOW!!!
    I wouldn’t imagine that it could be even more gorgeous than the ones for Taken and Frozen, but I have to say that this is my favourite from the 3!!

  26. Brooke Jun 24 2014 at 5:10 pm #

    I LOVE IT!!! The colors are what get me and that makes it stand out as the best one to me. I love the purple!

  27. Sallie Jun 24 2014 at 5:35 pm #

    It’s absolutely stunning, Erin! So excited to have all three copies sitting pretty on my bookshelf! Congratulations on your success and I look forward to seeing what you come up with next!

  28. Tammy Jun 24 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    Favorite cover: Frozen, I’m a complete sucker for that green.

  29. Kelly L. Jun 24 2014 at 9:50 pm #

    I love the colors of Forged! Erin always takes colors I think wouldn’t match and just makes it WORK (and proves me wrong).

  30. Atalia M. Jun 25 2014 at 2:21 am #

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the cover for Forged!! I think all three covers of the trilogy look great but Forged would have to be my favorite of all of them. 🙂

  31. Christina R. Jun 25 2014 at 4:17 am #

    LOVE it!

    It’s my favorite so far, because the characters are together 🙂

    Thank you 🙂

  32. Natalie Aguirre Jun 25 2014 at 6:04 am #

    Love all your covers. Can’t wait to read this and hope I can get my hands on Frozen this summer.

  33. Sarena Jun 25 2014 at 7:52 am #

    I LOVE the cover of FORGED. Congrats, Erin!

  34. Fallon Vaughn Jun 25 2014 at 10:25 am #

    I loved the other two covers but Forged blows the other two out of the water.
    This is my favorite Dystopian cover. I love it.

  35. Caroline Jun 25 2014 at 10:33 am #

    FORGED is definitely my favorite cover in the series. I love the colors!

  36. Juhina Jun 25 2014 at 12:46 pm #

    I pretty much love Erin’s cover designs.. Tease.. Not A Drop to Blink.. and these.. they’re all so gorgeous and unique!!!
    I AM LOVING the cover of Forged and wow when you put all three together. the purple is BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  37. Katy Upperman Jun 25 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    LOVE this cover, Erin! All three have been lovely, but I *think* FORGED is my favorite. Something about the colors… Congrats, lady!

  38. Morgan Jun 26 2014 at 12:44 am #

    I love Forged’s cover it is gorgeous and it is actually my favorite cover from the series! I have noticed that purple is a hot cover color for this year!!!

  39. rebeca Duran Jun 26 2014 at 2:31 am #

    I absolutely love the covers, her first two books were amazing. Cant wait to read this one

  40. Marie O. Jun 26 2014 at 10:19 am #

    All of the covers for this series are GORGEOUS. I can’t wait for Forged! Thanks for the giveaway!

  41. Jenna L. Jun 26 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    I love the cover for Forged! Taken will always be my favorite cover, though, I think.

  42. cara Jun 26 2014 at 4:59 pm #

    i loove all three covers and i see bree with grey on all three of dem

  43. Meagan Hughes Jun 27 2014 at 9:27 am #

    Beautiful. Majestic. Wonderful. Amazing.

  44. Shannelle C. Jun 28 2014 at 8:44 am #

    All the covers together look insanely gorgeous! The use of the gradient and the title typography just makes the whole covers together look so good.

  45. Elizabeth Aguilar Jun 28 2014 at 9:34 am #

    All the covers are amazing but Taken is still my favorite. Can’t wait for Forget!!!

  46. Melanie Jun 28 2014 at 10:39 am #

    Look at this cover! It’s so gorgeous!!

  47. Kate Fahey Jun 28 2014 at 6:24 pm #

    FORGED is definitely my favorite cover! I LOVE it, it is so so so pretty!!! And the colors! And the characters! AHHHH!

  48. Taschima Jun 29 2014 at 12:31 am #

    Just today I went to B&N and bought Frozen! Can’t wait to start it :3

    • Taschima Jun 29 2014 at 12:58 am #

      Just today I went to B&N and bought Frozen! Can’t wait to start it :3

      I love how all the covers play with colors. I think Taken is still my favorite, but Forged is a close second.

  49. Nicole Jun 29 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    Forged is my favorite cover! It has a beautiful color scheme and has the most elements combined on the cover which makes it really interesting! Can’t wait to read it 🙂

  50. Rachael Jun 30 2014 at 12:07 am #

    I absolutely love this series ! all three of the covers are incredible !

  51. Danielle Jun 30 2014 at 9:43 am #

    All three of the covers look amazing! I can’t choose a favorite. Congratulations on finishing your trilogy! I can’t wait to read Forged.

  52. Erin Jun 30 2014 at 11:04 am #

    My favorite part of this cover is how Gray and (insert your girl of choice) are finally united. The island and the mist and the colors are beautiful, but the unity of the characters finally is what really excites me about the FORGED cover!

  53. Jeanette Jun 30 2014 at 4:40 pm #

    The “Forged” cover is my favorite, I love the purple and blue.

  54. Kaitlin Jul 1 2014 at 12:00 am #

    So excited for this book! Love the cover btw

  55. Alexa S. Jul 6 2014 at 6:06 am #

    I’m a little late to this, but what a gorgeous cover, Erin! They look incredible side by side 🙂

  56. Ceci Oct 28 2014 at 10:59 pm #

    The cover is amazing and the 3 books look so beatiful together. Love from México. Can´t wait.

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