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Let’s enjoy a stunning book cover for the adult fantasy Three Meant To Be by MN Bennet.

The story of the book

  • Title: Three Meant To Be
  • Author: MN Bennet
  • Genre: Adult Fantasy 
  • Plot: Telepathic high school teacher Dorian prepares teen witches for professional casting because going in unprepared is what killed one of his partners. Seeking a distraction from work, Dorian kisses his still-living, on-again, off-again clairvoyant boyfriend, Milo. Instead of a distraction, Dorian glimpses Milo’s vague vision involving the murder of Caleb—one of Dorian’s new students. Already devastated by losing his partner, Dorian refuses to stand aside and let Caleb die. To succeed, Dorian must explore the potential of a future with Milo and find closure on their third partner, whose loss looms between them. But meddling with fate to save Caleb inadvertently draws the warlocks near, putting all his students in danger. Dorian must risk his life and gamble his second chance with Milo to keep his students alive.
  • Settings: Chicago in an alternate version of our world where everyone is a witch with magic.

How did we see this book cover?

MN Bennet didn’t have a clear idea of book cover design type, but he wanted it to be character-based. The author also provided us with heroes’ appearance references and examples of covers he likes.

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Book cover references provided by the author

Therefore, our designer created two character-based book covers that differ in color scheme and composition. One of them captures the essence of the story and hints at the adventures and challenges ahead for Dorian and Milo. The second one is more mystical and enigmatic, suggesting the story is full of danger and uncertainty.

Let’s check them out.

Book cover concept #1

Main characters

In this version, we can see Dorian and Milo facing each other. This pose conveys a sense of tension. At the same time, Dorian’s gaze appears somewhat empty, as if he gets lost in thought or deep in contemplation.


The scene is set inside a school building, as it’s an essential part of the story. Different magical artifacts fill the room and highlight the book genre. Moreover, a magical aura surrounds the character and gives the scene a sense of energy and dynamism.  


Our designer used the warm colors throughout the cover to convey a sense of magic and wonder while also hinting at the darker themes and conflicts that lie ahead.


The typography used for the title and author’s name fits the fantasy genre perfectly. The flowing and ornate lettering emphasizes the magical atmosphere of the cover.

Book cover concept #2

Main character

This version has Dorian as the main focus of the composition. Despite being seated, his pose looks dynamic due to the wind.


The wind is strong enough to blow Dorian’s hair and shirt. This adds a sense of movement to the scene. Moreover, books fly around the character, suggesting that Dorian is a powerful wizard. 


The color scheme includes shades of gray and blue, conveying a sense of mystery and intrigue. The dark hues also hint at the possible danger that Dorian and his companions may face in the magical world.


The typography differs from the first concept. It is still ornate and flowing but has a more mystical and fantastical feel.

What concept did the author choose?

MN Bennet loved both concepts. According to his words, the first version is stunning and vibrant. The author wants to revisit it for book two in the future.

For now, MN Bennet wants to move forward with the second concept. It captures the grief and chaos in Dorian’s mind. This version is beautiful, dark, haunting, and majestic.

What did the process of further work with the client look like?

After determining a more appropriate concept, it was time to correct some details to make the book cover perfect. Let’s see what changes MN Bennet proposed.


The author did not specify the exact length of Dorian’s hair in the brief, so we depicted it as too long. In the book, hair reaches close to the character’s shoulders but not quite. The writer also provided hair references.


MN Bennet had several wishes regarding typography and inscriptions on the book cover:

  • The subtitle “Branches of Past and Future” must include “Book One.”
  • The T in Three seems just a tad out of alignment with the other letters.
  • The B in “Be” and “Branches” should have more equal bubbles.

This is what the book cover looks like after the changes:

What about the final result?

The author liked the updated version, but Dorian’s hair was still long and dark. At the same time, MN Bennet wanted to preserve the effect of the wind as much as possible, although it was more difficult with short hair. However, our designer coped with this challenge.

Now we can enjoy the final book cover:

Summing up

This creating process has resulted in a majestic book cover. The main character, Dorian, occupies the central place of the composition. The scene looks dynamic and powerful due to the wind effect. Imagery and color scheme hint at the challenges Dorian faces in the book. The glowing metallic typography suits the fantasy genre perfectly.

We think that’s a win. Do you like the final book cover? Share your opinions in the comment section.

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