I'd proof the grammar on the back blurb; some missing commas and other minor issues. Also, consider whether there is enough contrast for the writing on the spine. Finally, look at the kerning and spacing -- there are a couple of places where dark patches in the background art look like punctuation in the blurb.
The portal on the tree seems discordant, like it's added onto the image instead of integrated into the image. It's okay, but it draws the eye a bit too much, maybe.
Otherwise, not a bad cover.
I clicked on the full cover one and see it at almost real size, if not a bit bigger.
It's an eye-catching cover, but mainly because of the sickly shades of green with the white.
I don't see any spacing or kerning problems in the blurb. I assume it's formatted automatically, anyway.
I see no dark patches that could be mistaken for punctuation.
But to be honest, I would put the text on the back in to white boxes and just use a solid black text.
The text on the spine could have a thicker outline, or a contrasting colour. (I often use Dropshadows to make text clearer.)
The front cover title is very compressed, and why not put it at the top until you are famous? put your name at the bottom, and in the same font as the title.
But the art is a bit odd. What is the smudge behind the word Mark on the title?
The person and the portal are completely detached, added on later, but not very well. The person is not stood on the ground! And if the portal is supposed to be on the tree, it isn't.
Why do you need Levi's age, but not the others'?
And the names would be more impressive if they were famous people.
I really appreciate your comments. Always welcomed no matter if it's what I'd like to hear or not.
Few do! But it can be a help to get impartial opinions.
I've been working on it for a while and thought I'd got it. Though it seems not yet... Which is ok.
It just needs the details sorting out.
I have taken a long time to write my novel and desire to accomplish a great cover to catch the eye of the potential reader.
Indeed, you are not far off it.I had the cover done via Fiverr and did a little tweaking to it,
Just the background from Fiverr or all of it?
but the figure was as is,
Whoever did the background did that also? If so they have taken a stock image and speedily tagged on the figure. But that smudge is very annoying!
I'll see if I can go back and give him a little more life.
Do you have the cover as components? If not that will not be easy.
Any help you can give will be very much appreciated, like rewording/editing, if allowed. I'm still very new at this and I learn by trial and error.
Just keep fiddling and pasting back in to here.
The title is still very cramped. Do you not have the software capabilities of cutting it in to three words to add more space between them?
The entire image needs to be lowered, so that the title, the subtitle and the part number, can all be placed above the person. (There's the danger the l of Oval could end up trimmed off, too, where it is. Stay away from the edges.)
The portal still does not look as if it's on the tree. The portal is very flat and the tree is not. Perhaps it should be in a large shallow hole in the tree?
The person still looks blurred. And have you raised him and the portal? If so, I would lower them again, and just place rocks and grass so you cannot see his feet or the bottom of the portal. That would also remove the sort of floating effect.
The lighting is a bit strange, also. Where's it coming from? What direction?
All the text on the back needs to be centralised, and the blurb set at 'justified.'
The grass you have added is not the same colour as any of the other grass, or as 'swirly'. In fact the grass below it actually looks like flowing seaweed rather than grass.
Do you know how to use the Push tool in art software? If so you could use it to Push some blades of the existing grass over his feet, then it would match and look as if it belongs.
You could use the same method on the tree trunk. Push the tree texture over the left hand edge of the trunk, then that too will make the portal look as if it is within the tree, not just floating near it.
I still stand on what I said about the text on the front cover.
BTW. I have just actually read the blurb! Stories are often true, legends may be based on some truth. I would remove the mention of stories.
By the way do you have Paint Shop Pro so much easier to work in than Photoshop.
There is no 'push tool' a google search says something about liquify, which this does but I don't think that's the right thing.
No, I don't think it is, but Push, Pull, Drag and Smudge tools are in Photoshop I believe. https://www.dummies.com/photography/photo-software/adobe-photoshop-elements/pushing-pixels-around-with-the-smudge-tool-in-photoshop-elements-9/ Such software often has common named tools to make it easier for people to swap progs.
I will change the seaweed look on some of the grass areas
Perhaps Liquefy was used on it?
BTW I like how the title is, as is, though I did separate them ever so slightly. But thank you for your thoughts on that.
Well it is just my opinion of course. But my partial OCD really dislikes that The is not centralised to the other words!